How Many Fish Do You Wish?

Aquariums, zoos, and wildlife parks were some of our favorite attractions on the trip and we were privileged to experience them on every continent. It seemed strange then the other day to visit our own Georgia Aquarium, the world’s largest, which is right in our backyard. We had been before after its 2005 opening and…

Crossing the Top of the World

Our bus from Salta would take us around 15,000 feet, higher than any mountain in the lower 48 states, before we settled back down to the town of San Pedro at a much more reasonable 8,000 feet…. Anne asked the stranger if he would change with her so she could sit by Kieran but the passanger initially refused, however for the good of all on the plane he eventually gave Kieran the Aisle across from his mom…. These large cafes can be found throughout the world, they all have giant plastic tables, a generous number of wait staff and kitchens made for supplying large amounts of food rapidly to all their guests almost simultanously. The lack of oxygen left most of the party with very little appitite and we ate their high altitude food quickly and went out to look at the dry and barren landscape.

Seven Days in Salta

After two weeks in Buenos Aires and the Pampas and a mere five days in the Littoral of the Northeast, we boarded yet another bus for the 20-hour journey to the Andean Northwest and the provincial capital of Salta. We envisioned the easygoing city of 1,000,000 as a place to relax and regroup before our…

Spirits in Stone

There are certain phrases you avoid when traveling. In most of the Southern Hemisphere, you’d be remiss to refer to the residents as “natives,” a term which smacks of the pejorative. This presents a problem, because of course there are natives, people whose ancestors have inhabited the region for hundreds if not thousands of years,…

Getting Really Fat in Argentina, or How Is Everyone Here Not 500 Pounds?

San Fransisco, New York, and Sydney vie for that title because of their vast and tasty selection of the worlds cuisine, Beijing would show up on a short list because of all their varieties of Chinese food gathered in one city, Paris is fine but a little bit too gourmet…. This love for beef was heightened when my grandparents moved to live near us. My grandfather ended his career as one of the leaders of savings and loan(prior to the scandal) in LA but for years earlier in his career he had been a butcher and he knew his meat…. For most people this respect for the value of beef and a basic education in all thing beef, would be enough to prepare one for a lifetime of eating beef, however I had one more peddler of meat who would cement the deal…. I have carried that respect and love for beef into the business world and have when given the chance visited the best steakhouses of America some of my favorites are Palm and Smith and Wallensky in New York, The Chop House in Chicago, Harris’s in San Francisco and Pacific Dining Car in LA.

Falling for Iguazu

Waterfalls hold some strange power over humans. Around the world people flock to stare at them, sail beneath them, fly above them, and wonder about those who have fallen over them. (Come on…admit it.) I personally have made my family travel thousands of miles, spend hundreds of dollars, and endure the pain of yellow fever…

Can You Ride This Bike? No I Can’t, Keanu

But these experiences (experiences like when grandma pushed me down the hill on the bike that was far too big, or when I tried to go off a curb and popped a tire on my friend’s bike) only strengthened my resolve to not ride a bike…. After a short ride (more like falling to the floor repeatedly and shaking my fist in the air) I noticed the gears didn’t work and the bike was far too big…. I had learned to balance, turn and even stop properly (Mac has still not taken to stopping in the conventional manner, he prefers to simply jump of the bike and pick it up off the floor)…. Another quickly followed behind it, I pulled up to the curb and rode very slowly but whoever was driving the car must have something against me because the driver swerved the car in. I looked in horror and tried to jump off my bike onto the curb.