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Honeymoon in a hostel / Scottish Nomad Blog

Honeymoon in a hostel / Scottish Nomad Blog

We have begun our “honeymoon” in a slightly unusual manner….sharing our room with two other backpackers. We decided to spend part of our honeymoon in a hostel in a bid to have maximum time enjoying ourselves in the most cost-effective way possible. I am a staunch fan of Hostelling,  as is evidenced by the amount of money I have spent on Hostelworld. While others may sing the praises of five-star luxury I pride myself of finding awesome bargain rooms. So far to date, my cheapest bargain was the Hang Tang Inn hostel which was not only the cheapest room deal…

Pigeons, Politics and Peronists

Last year I ended the year by reflecting on my progress and life goals from the past year and trying to put into place some plans for the next. I have made a very clear rule that when making resolutions they never include the words don’t, won’t or can’t. Everything has to have a positive slant…it has to ADD something to my life. The resulting bucket list that I wrote is full of my ambitions and I am setting out to complete at least some of then this year. One of the items on the bucket list has been a…

New Year’s resolutions 2012

New Year’s resolutions 2012

So, now it is the end of the year and the time to make those pesky new year’s resolutions. I have fond memories of the last post that I wrote like this when I spent new year in China and I spent some time contemplating my future. I am happy to say that most of my predictions for myself came true and I am happy to say that I am in a pretty contented place right now. This past year has certainly been eventful and I have managed to cross three continents in my search for adventure: I went Panning for gold…

The Iguazu falls / The Scottish Nomad

The Iguazu falls / The Scottish Nomad

There was not a car, nor a honking horn, nor a hint of pollution anywhere in the air. The sense of excitement that we felt arriving in THE Iguazu Falls after spending a few months in the city was palpable. Finally, some time to breathe freely without pollution and walk without everything in my surroundings being made of concrete. There were even trees…I was already in heaven. The airport is situated very near to the Iguazu falls national park about a five-minutes away by car. A few minutes after boarding our mini bus to the hostel we saw our first animal…

From Buenos Aires to El Calafate / The Scottish Nomad

From Buenos Aires to El Calafate / The Scottish Nomad

It had finally stopped raining but that didn’t stop the relentless icy wind that whipped around my face turning my nose a sexy rudolf red. My stomach churned again. Why, oh why, did everything in my life have to involve a boat in some way? Boats and I have a tumultuous relationship – literally. As we travelled on the plane from Buenos Aires to El Calafate in Patagonia I knew I was going to be in for a rocky ride. Ever since I was a child I have suffered from motion sickness. That terrible queasy sensation when you don’t know…

Best places to get married in Brazil

Best places to get married in Brazil

Beaches, bikinis, the girl from Ipanema and…marriage? Let’s be honest. Brazil is BIG. It seems even bigger when you consider that the whole of Europe can fit inside of Brazil.   That leaves a whole lot of possibilities to consider if you are considering the option to get married in Brazil. The diversity of Brazil is immense and it can provide almost anything and everything you could want – at a price. I decided to post this as it appears Brazil is a kind of no mans land when considering planning a wedding. There are hundreds of websites offering to…

Racism and discrimination in Argentina

This weekend I decided that I wanted to go and try a new restaurant and so headed into town to one of the local eateries. Now, imagine my surprise when I was handed a menu in English. Interesting, I thought to myself as all of the other patrons of the restaurant seemed to have a different menu and on that menu? Yes, you guessed it, the prices were much much lower. While I was accustomed to this in China and I am now becoming accustomed to this once again in South America I have to ask myself: Is this discrimination?…

Cosmetic dentistry in Buenos Aires

Cosmetic dentistry in Buenos Aires

Have you been neglecting your teeth? Or looking to have some dental work in another country? Well, after a year of living in Australia where dental care is absolutely ridiculously priced I had been. However, now it seemed the time had come to finally find a dentist and do something about it. I had never been to a dentist in a foreign country and after one year of neglect I wasn’t looking forward to it. I typed “English speaking dentist” into google and the first entry was DAS clinic in the relatively upmarket area in Recoleta. They specialise in cosmetic…

weekly photo challenge (near and far)

weekly photo challenge (near and far)

  Welcome to the Blue mountains near Sydney. The clear crisp lines of the rock face contrast with the misty cover over the trees in the background making this photo my choice for near and far. I like the way that the perspective enhances the idea of the size of the place – and size is something that Australia has in an abundance! Distances, spiders and personalities are all big in the land down under. D and I spent a weekend in the Blue Mountains during our time in Sydney and it makes a nice change if you want to…

El Buen Suspiro: A truly Uruguayan experience/

El Buen Suspiro: A truly Uruguayan experience/

One might be forgiven for thinking that you had stepped back in time as you duck through the doorway of the sixteenth century building that houses El Buen suspiro; a restaurant which we discovered has a reputation for being one of the best restaurants in Colonia and for good reason. Although during the day this restaurant is actually a small shop selling local Uruguayan gourmet cheese, Uruguayan wine and condiments at night it transforms into an intimate and romantic venue for couples on a short trip to Colonia. Tables are hard to come by in this tiny restaurant which only has…

Crime in Buenos Aires:The day I was robbed at gunpoint

Crime in Buenos Aires:The day I was robbed at gunpoint

In 2006 Barabara Bush, daughter of George Bush had her valuables stolen while she was eating in a cafe in San Telmo, one of the popular touristic spots in Buenos Aires. This happened while she was being watched by the secret police…I wonder what hope this leaves for normal people living daily life here in Buenos Aires? Before I came to this city I read mixed reports about crime in the city: on one hand Buenos Aires is one of the safest cities in South America while on the other hand I have heard many reports from neighbours and friends…

Weekly post: Urban – Tango in San Telmo

Weekly post: Urban – Tango in San Telmo

Street life is a huge part of life here in Buenos Aires. This picture was taken in San Telmo one of the older and more traditional parts of the city. It was a Wednesday morning and the couple were practising for a show in the same place during the weekend. During the week mornings there aren’t too many tourists in this part of town and the couple had a perfect opportunity to do practise and maybe even make a bit of money in the process. In fact, other than to go to the sunday market there most people avoid the…

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