On the trail at last: hiking in to Confluencia

I woke up to the sun shining in my window at 7:00am, the brilliant blue sky welcoming me to the true start of the expedition.  Following a rather uneventful morning of breakfast (not nearly as good as lunch and dinner yesterday – rather runny scrambled eggs and non-drinkable brown water that had a sign reading “coffee” on …

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First impressions

Friendly, welcoming, warm, beautiful, accommodating, helpful, pleasant, succulent.  Does it sound just a bit like I’m newly in love?  I’ve arrived in Mendoza, Argentina. And those are the first words that come to mind as I start to describe my impressions.  Especially given the incredible lunch from which I’ve just returned – escaping the heat …

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Time in airports and the luggage quandary

It really shouldn't take 31 hours to travel from Stuttgart, Germany to Mendoza, Argentina. And two large pieces of luggage should not be required for a single person. Furthermore, seasoned travelers should not make novice mistakes. So the fact that I sit here with way too much luggage, no storage or early check-in options - …

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Why is goodbye so hard?

There are some things about the human psyche that continue to confound.  Take my current example: about to head off on a long-anticipated adventure after years of contemplation, months of planning and days of packing (more about that below).  And I can't stop breaking into tears.  My last day with my husband gave me an …

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Whpssh!… and I think “not again!” (plus a few aconcagua data points)

Do you know what it sounds like to suddenly sink into a meter of snow?  or better yet, what it feels like? It goes something along the lines of: whpsshhh! Shiiiitttt!    Am I injured?  ...and then after the momentary panic subsides, you begin to feel cold snow creeping over the top of your hiking boot …

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