Similar, but Oh-So Different

¿Como fue? a familiar face in the food truck asks as we sit down on white, plastic stools. We had just boarded the food truck-bus to get some breakfast. The converted green bus parked on the side of Liberatador Bernardo O’Higgins had quickly become a go to for good food, especially breakfast, and today was […]

Hiccups and Upgrades

The Noble Hotel’s lobby looks like a NOLS program staff’s nightmare. I stand on the stairs looking into the remains of a party. A good one too. Wine glasses, plastic cups, beer cans and pint glasses in various states of consumption are scattered haphazardly. Clothing and broken glass litter the floor and it is still […]

The Packing Process

The packing process seems almost complete.  In a break from the norm here at Mate, Manjar y Montañas I am going with a photo collage.  It seems this “normal” work thing has me a bit confused and pressed for time today. The time is near, the nerves are starting again.  Josie is coming out of […]

Maps and Machetes

Planning an expedition is one thing. Planning a successful expedition is something else. Legendary explore Bill TIlman is quoted as saying “any expedition should be able to be planned on the back of an envelope.” With that philosophy of streamlined and efficient expeditions he and his mates explored uncharted mountains, deserts and oceans throughout the […]

Decision Time

To go or not to go, that is the question.  Is it even a question though?  Is it not preordained?  The fact that I sit here and write these sentences tells me it is not a question.  Maybe the real question is where to go, and more importantly, with whom. The planning begins again, though […]