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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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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Jan
14

Hiking Volcano Villarica. The Volcano I couldn’t conquer. Oh and I’m back!!!

Pucon, Chile

I’m out of breath… dehydrated, drenched in sweat and exhausted. I wish I could say that it’s from hiking to the summit of Volcano Villarica, but that’s not the case. I’ve been hiking up loose gravel for an hour and a half. I’m sitting here 1,800 meters from the base of the volcano and can’t…
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Sep
22

Yes, I am home and no nothing bad happened.

Window seat view over Texas!

I don’t even know where to begin, because this was so not in my plans at all and a part of me still can’t believe what I have done. I’m currently laying in my bedroom floor as I write this. It’s a place I did not think I would be writing from for a few…
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