Cultures and countries all over the world have each added their own unique twist to one of the most common and enoyable meals of all time: the sandwich. The medianoche, the Philly, the banh mi, the doner kebab, the croque monsieur...a good “sammie” transcends borders and connects people all over the world, because who doesn’t love a good sandwich?
With winter chills and heavy snows settling over much of the northern hemisphere, the joys of summertime - the feel of warm sunshine on bare skin, cold popsicles by the pool, spending a relaxing day hiking or going for a bike ride - seem like a distant memory.
Chile is currently experiencing the worst wildfires in the nation’s history, with up to 120 separate blazes throughout the month of January destroying towns, forests, and vineyards near the capital of Santiago, and down through the southern regions of O’Higgins, Bio Bio, La Araucania, and Maule.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start figuring out how to mark the occasion. But this year, in place of the usual fancy dinner with wine, why not go right to the source of that aphrodisiac libation and spend Valentines in the heart of South American wine culture: Chile’s wine valleys.
It’s a new year, which means that around the world, people are making resolutions to better themselves.
The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is getting in on the action, designating 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.
When poet Pablo Neruda wrote about the bright stars and night sky of his beloved Chile, he used simple but strong phrases, evoking color and movement. With a few words - “...the night sky is full of stars, and the stars, blue, shiver in the distance..." - he captured a sense of peaceful vastness, coupled with both fascination and helplessness at the grandness of the night sky.
Pop open the bubbly and raise a glass, it’s New Year’s Eve!
All around the world, many countries and cultures have their own regional ways to ring in the new year. For Chileans, it’s an occasion to party and be merry until the wee hours of the morning, drink traditional drinks like cola de mono, travel to the coast to see Valparaiso’s annual fireworks or watch the fireworks in their hometowns, and run through a laundry list of customs to ensure a prosperous and successful coming year.
On Christmas Day, 2016, the world woke up to the news that yet another dramatic earthquake had hit Chile. Luckily, this one had a happy ending.
There’s a lot more to Argentina than just Buenos Aires, Mendoza, or Bariloche. To the north, you’ll find spectacular mountainous valleys, luscious vineyards, and cities filled with classic architecture, and to the south, some of the most amazing glaciers, mountains, and wildlife in the world. Here’s some off-the-beaten-path reasons why Argentina should be on your travel list for 2017!