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Bariloche Ski Village by jeff

One of my goals on my career break was to learn how to ski. Given that I was going to spend a lot of time in Argentina, I headed to Bariloche to ski for about three weeks. I signed up for week-long lessons and then I was on my own. Almost every day for 3 [...]

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Options for Your Timeshare On Your Career Break by jeff

Back in 2000, I took a trip with a friend who had been invited up to Avon, Colorado to see a new project by Sheraton. Set at the base of Beaver Creek, Avon is a simple town. Of course, it’s hard to compete when your neighbors are Vail and Beaver Creek. Actually, Beaver Creek and [...]

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Playing with Penguins and Whales (Almost) by jeff

I arrived in Puerto Madryn late on December 22.  After checking in, I got online and had a quick chat with mom, dad and my friends Tim and Robin who were up in Fredericksburg for some of dad’s BBQ.  I got up on the 23rd and headed into town to check into tours and to [...]

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30 Great Places to Chill On Your Career Break Travels: Part 2 by jeff

Sometimes the last thing you want is another big city.  While they have their advantages for the traveler, a smaller city or town is what you really need. But, you still want to have access to the modern conveniences.  You don’t need to get away from it all, just most of it.  So, for part [...]

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Biking Through Wine Country in Argentina by jeff

I boarded my bus in Bariloche on Sunday afternoon bound for Mendoza.  It was a redeye that would take 17 hours arriving around 9:30AM on Monday.  Luckily in South America, the long-haul buses tend to be fairly nice.  The basic seats (semi-cama) recline halfway and if you are willing to pay a bit more, you [...]

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Slip Sliding Away From Bariloche by jeff

After four great weeks in the mountains, it is finally time to go.  Things got off to a rocky start here with my skis.  But, with a little time, it all came right.  I just love the mountains.  I don’t know what it is about them.  But, I find them very soothing, tranquil.  So, even [...]

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It’s the People That You Meet II by jeff

    Back in May, I started a list trying to capture all the interesting people I have been meeting along the way.  This trip wouldn’t have been the same without them, for better or for worse.  It still amazes me how quickly you can meet people and bond.  It may be temporary, but it’s [...]

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Andes Finally Skiing by jeff

On Tuesday morning while hanging out at the B&B, my skis finally showed up.  It was like an Christmas for me.  I quickly unpacked everything to make sure it was all there and that nothing was broken.  Everything checked out so I decided to head out to explore Bariloche a bit. About 4 kms from [...]

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From Sand to Snow by jeff

On Monday, the first order of business was finding out the status of my skis.  From the FedEx website, I tracked them to customs in Buenos Aires.  So, I knew they were at least in the country.  Little did I know, that was the easy part.  I received the customs paperwork in a FedEx package [...]

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Rio Baby! Rio! by jeff

On Saturday, the 28th and headed off to catch my bus to Sao Paolo.  This megaopolis has something like 20 million people and maybe upwards of 26 million.  No one’s really sure.  But, everyone was clear – be careful in Sao Paolo.  I arrived at the bus station and jumped on the metro which had [...]

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