Author: Andy

View from Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf Mountain)

South America 2016: Rio de Janeiro, Day 1

17 hour later, we landed in Rio on a Sunday to cloudy weather. Our first order of business was to get to our bed and breakfast on Copacabana Beach using a premium taxi for 130 Reais (1 USD = 3.85 Reai…

2016 South America Itinerary Map

South America 2016: The Planning.

A few months back I saw an awesome fare from San Francisco to São Paulo for under $650 roundtrip. I was very tempted; however, I really wanted to be in Rio de Janeiro. After waiting about a week or so…

Japan: Sendai, Aomori, Niigata and Tokyo.

I've been to Japan quite a few times; however, my trips have mostly been to large cities such as Tokyo and Osaka (but mostly Tokyo).  This time, I changed things up a bit and decided to venture north …

36 Hours in Santiago

Over the last few years, I have had this new fascination for South America.  My first visit to the continent was back in 2010 to Buenos Aires, and the desire to return has only heightened since. A …

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Solo Travel: Berlin Day 2, Continuing Eastward

In my past visits to Berlin, I had never been to the Berlin Wall.  As the past visits were always about visiting family, we mainly stayed in the western part of the city, except just after reunificati…