Welcome to the bottom of the world. It certainly is beautiful. We flew to Punta Arenas from Santiago, which is about a 3.5 hour flight. From Punta Arenas, we had a 2.5 hour drive to The Singular in Patagonia.
Santiago was the first of three legs of the South American adventure. After a long day of travel from Chicago to Santiago via Panama City, we finally checked in to the W Santiago.
We had only one full day to explore Santiago. We started walking and found a park with a path that lead to San Cristobal Hill. We saw a long line and didn’t know what it was for. It was the line for the cable car ride to the top of the hill. Nah, we thought, line's are stupid. We walked the 45 minutes up to the top. It was hot and dusty, but seeing temple and statue was incredible. The temple was modeled after a Roman basilica and built in 1921. German sculptor, Peter Horn, constructed the images and two sculptures in the gardens.
I never need convincing. If I have the chance to hop a plane and escape for just a few days, I'm in. Got to head down to Scottsdale to celebrate the marriage of two friends. The desert light. The blue skies. The amazing company. All signs to a good weekend getting outside.
Opting out of staying at the W, I found a fantastic Air BnB option just half mile from the hotel. An awesome value and a little bit more space to spread out, yet super close to all the action.
Friday night we spent time at Casablanca Lounge by some late night dancing at Casablanca Lounge. Saturday's more formal dinner reception was at El Chorro... What an amazing Scottsdale venue and restaurant.
Sometimes AZ feels like Mars to me, but all in all, great short weekend away!
If you've met me, it probably doesn't surprise you how much I love Hawaii. It's without question one my favorite places to visit. The smell of salt water, the sound of the ocean, and the spirit of the aloha wash over me and it's another world. My heart rate slows, my shoulders lower, and I forget about whatever I used to worry about on the mainland. It's a place I truly can unwind and rebalance. I never look forward to spending 9 hours on a plane more. It's practically a quick work day anyway!
I'm lucky enough to have family in Hawaii and getting to connect with them as an adult has been awesome. My grandparents grew up on the Big Island, so growing up we would visit every so often, but often times that meant bypassing Oahu. Going back to Oahu and spending time with family there has been quite special.
Sometimes feeling small is a positive reflection. Sometimes it's just the perspective you need to rest your soul and reboot. When you take a deep breath in, swallowed by the bright night stars and grand mountains, it's the perfect combination of gratitude and content.
Get lost. Find a happy place. Enjoy the small things. Live simply. Do this often.
Not all those who wander are lost. - J.R.R. Tolkien.
Most especially in the French countryside. My last trip to France was really urban focused and this time I spent a lot of time in wine country. From family owned wineries to quaint small town markets, exploring more never felt better. Being a needle in a haystack of vineyards, you slow down, you breathe deep, and you drink some wine.
Just a few frames, but enough to transport you if you just close your eyes ...
New York as a whole has a buzz about it, no question. I had 2.5 days to get in years worth of anticipation of places I wanted to visit and street vendor pretzels I wanted to eat. My plan was to have no plan, except to spend chunks of time in specific neighborhoods. I did the tourist things: MoMA, 30 Rock, Katz's Deli, Carrie Bradshaw's House, etc, but I wanted to spend time just watching, observing, immersing.
This past January I took some time to see India. I had no expectations except to have no expectations. My goal was to frame this trip how I saw it and how I would remember it one day when my memory fails me. Here are some of my favorites. I haven't had Indian food since coming home, but the cultural experience this excursion afforded doesn't come around too often.