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Best Of The Rest – The Weekly Roundup

by Meg · 3 comments

The beautiful Laguna De los Tres in El Chalten

It’s a Sunday night in Santiago, Chile and Tony and I are… wait for it…

in an American bar chowing down on American burgers.

Say what?!

I would normally think this would be pretty lame of us while in a foreign country, but it’s the Superbowl baby! Plus, I believe we deserve an American night after a busy month travelling in South America. Don’t you?

Luckily, before heading out for the evening, I was able to catch up on some great travel articles from the week (from some not-so-lame nomads).  Here is a glimpse of some of the best:

  • We spent a few days last week in El Chalten, Argentina and had an amazing time hiking around the stunning national park.  The first day we were there, we had outstanding weather for our Tres Lagos hike.  However, on the second day the winds in town were ferocious but we still decided to stubbornly hike the Laguna de los Tres trail.  Needless to say, we barely made it 2 hours into the hike before throwing in the towel.  Mother Nature certainly got the best of us that day!  It looks like we were not the only ones who experienced insane winds while in El Chalten.
  • As I just mentioned, Tony and I did some serious hiking around Patagonia for the past week or so.  After many long day hikes, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Elise’s article on Hiking Etiquette 101 (although I wish I read this before our hiking adventures)… So many good points! As Tony likes to point out, I walk “with a purpose” so I really need to work on not treating the hike like a race – Thanks for the suggestions Elise!
  • With plans to head to Argentina this coming week, I immediately started nailing down reservations for a food tour in Buenos Aires.  I have never been on one before but I imagine it’s a great way to explore the local cuisine of where you are travelling.  As an example, this food tour of Hong Kong that Caroline wrote about looks amazing – Her pictures are some serious food porn!
  • I recently wrote an article on 10 Steps For Eating Healthy & Cheap at Hostels.  One additional tip I learned from Caroline was to split meals with other people in your hostel.  After hearing this suggestion, I came across a great article on how to make a “Chilean Asado al disco” and thought this would be an incredibly fun shared meal to have with hostel buddies… Hopefully Tony and I can try it out sometime soon in South America!
  • Tony and I plan to travel to Cambodia in the summertime as a part of our Southeast Asia jaunt.  My initial draw to Cambodia revolved around how cheap it is to travel there and, of course, its proximity to the beach!  Aside from being cheap and having nice beaches, Marco shares some other interesting facts on this country that make me even more excited to visit Cambodia.
  • After reading Jerick’s tips on Budget Travel in the Philippines, I think we may need to add this Southeast Asia country to our RTW wish list as well!
  • I always prided myself on being willing to try any food at least once… and I mean ANY.  However, after reading 10 Weird Food Delicacies From Around the World, I do not know if my appetite is as adventurous as I thought.  Fried tarantulas may be where I draw the line!  What’s your line?


About Meg
Exhausted from traveling every week as a Business Management Consultant early in my career, I took a year off in 2012 to travel at my own pace. I am a high-energy girl that loves being active, eating food, drinking wine, and exploring the world with my partner-in-crime (and husband), Tony! I now reside in Portland, Oregon and continue to write about travel, food, wine, and the awesome adventures we have in the Pacific NW!

Stephanie - The Travel Chica February 14, 2012 at 7:23 pm

Too bad we missed each other in Chile!

Meg February 15, 2012 at 9:01 pm

I know! Where are your travels taking to you next? We are currently in Buenos Aires and loving it! Maybe our paths will someday cross :-)

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