PHOTOS: Penguins, New Years, Fin del Mundo, Tierra del Fuego

Part 3, the final installment of my Patagonia photos, from Ushuaia, Argentina — the southermost city in the world and capital of Tierra del Fuego province. Photos from Santiago Chile will follow — I am now back in Los Angeles, feeling great, refreshed, and back to the so-called grind. Let’s grab coffee or a drink! Happy New Year.

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Glaciers, Icebergs, More Patagonia Photos

I am now in Santiago, Chile after a few days in Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world at about 55 degrees Latitude. I’ve uploaded photos through the 30th — almost caught up — and you can see them below or on my flickr page.

View details of the photos below by hovering or clicking on the bottom of the photo. More narrative to follow. If you can’t view the below slidewhow, click here to view via flickr. Previous slideshows from this trip are here (Buenos Aires) and here (Patagonia — Lakes Edition).

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Patagonia Photos Pt. I

There’s plenty to follow — and many stories to be told. I’m In Patagonia but next week I’ll be able to publish more.

View details of the photos below by hovering or clicking on the bottom of the photo. If you can’t view the below slidewhow, click here to view via flickr.

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Patagonia = Paraíso

There is something very sensual about arriving at a place you have long dreamt about — especially when it is above and beyond expectations and time transposes itself into slow motion snapshots. Yep, I have felt this kind of buen suerte before in my travels, and it is quite liberating to feel it again. I thrive on the seat-of-the-pants approach to my travels — it’s so easy when you’re solo — and roll with what comes, knowing that, no doubt, the first thing i´ll recognize in the southern night sky is Orion, only much brighter, and out of place in ths spotlight — right in the middle of the sky. Perhaps I’ll get some aurora action in the coming days as I cross the 51st parallel into Tierra del Fuego and the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia — where I plan on spending New Years. New Years at the bottom of the world. Yes, I know, it sounds so Waitsian.

Everything you’ve heard and read about Argentina is true. I’ll leave it at that for now as I’m still sucking it up and knocking on cypress with my continuing good fortune (yes I received my luggage on my second day in Buenos Aires) — scoring the “last room” in hotels I really want to stay at only days before my arrival, seeming scoring the last available non-4×4 in all of Bariloche after arriving to the Hosteria — as you’ll see in the photos, this is a very popular spot for vacationing Argentines. And tomorrow I’m going rafting on the Rio Manso along the Chilean border. Check it out:

More photos tonight. I¨ve become quite accustomed to eating dinner at 11:30 p.m. (it is after all 6: 30 in LA at that time) and find it very difficult/unnecessary to get a whole lot of sleep (except a very important nap before dinner) what with 16 hours of daylight and those hours bound to increase as I continue south. There you go — that’s all without looking at my haphazard notes but as you’d imagine, i’m on the go — off to drive the Ruta de Siete Lagos — 7 lakes road … if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask. Or just assume that the answer is ¨¨yes.¨

Photos from Buenos Aires

I’ve uploaded, tagged and commented on a few dozen photos. The embedded slideshow below will display all these photos and more as they’re uploaded. I’ve already got stories, a sunburn, and am having an incredible time. More to come. If you can’t see the photos below, click here to view via flickr.

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