Walking on Not-Very-Thin Ice in Argentina

Walking on Not-Very-Thin Ice in Argentina

Start From The Beginning:  Hiking in Argentina We arrived in El Calafate a bit beat up from two days of hiking in El Chalten.  My blisters had blisters, all my hiking socks were dirty and torn, my supposedly waterproof brand-new hiking shoes were very much…

Hiking Into the Sky, Patagonia, Argentina

Hiking Into the Sky, Patagonia, Argentina

Start with Part I of Argentina Travels to figure out who Ayala is and who we are. “First hike in El Chalten,” Victor said, “Is twenty-six kilometers.  Next day, we’ll take it easy and do nineteen. The following day, we get to El Calafate and…

Free Wheeling Through Albania

Free Wheeling Through Albania

As we were planning our Albania trip, the first question that popped up was “How will we get around?”  Private transportation for two weeks was too expensive, while public transportation was too inconvenient for our overbooked itinerary.  The only viable option was renting a car.  …

Albania: Buzzed in Berat

Albania: Buzzed in Berat

Our guidebook passionately warned that Albanian red wine was utterly terrible and recommended sticking with white wines only. We are not big wine drinkers at all, but what we did want to see were the Albanian wineries.  Of course, the best part of any distillery…