Feb
24

On being recognized for the first time.

Ancud, Chiloe

There I was taking a photo of I can’t even remember the name of this beach off the coast of the island of Chiloe, Chile. When suddenly someone asked “Are you Breakaway Backpacker?” I said “Umm yes.” & couldn’t stop smiling & laughing. —The photo I took right before I was asked.— She started laughing too…
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Feb
10

Hiking for beer credit!!!

hiking in Vicente Perez Rosales National Park, Puerto Varas, Chile

I couldn’t do it anymore… I wanted to give up. We were hiking 1 kilometer up the base of a steep volcano to get to a mirador (look out point). We had already been hiking for I don’t even know how long. I was far behind and I kept telling myself “Fuck Jaime you are…
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Feb
03

A waterfall off the beaten path in Pucon, Chile.

Hidden waterfall in Pucon, Chile.

They said, “only a few make it, but those that do are rewarded with the most amazing experience ever.” Bajajajaja just kidding no that’s not how this starts. This isn’t like The Beach, but I thought I sure was on the same adventure. When I arrived to the hostel the owner let us know all…
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Jan
27

The alleys and street art of Valparaiso in photos.

View of Valparaiso, Chile

Valparaiso is a city I have been wanting to visit for years. I had heard that it is a city filled with colorful houses and street art everywhere. Y’all know I love both of those things so it was high on my list of places to visit during my time in South America. Lucky for…
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Jan
20

I finally made it to South America!!!

On the Santiago metro.

I stepped off the plane in Santiago and was filled with joy. I’m not one to tout numbers, but I was so fucking excited because I had finally made it to South America. It was now continent number 5 and country number 32 that I have visited. I know it doesn’t matter at all and…
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