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South Africa

Our round-the-world journey began with an overnight flight to London, where after a couple days of the obligatory experiences such as Big Ben, the Tower, and meat pies, we were met by my sister, Suzie. As an exercise of endurance, Suzie landed, met us in London for a few hours, and then as a group [...]

Champagne, France

Today I was joined by my Le Cordon Bleu friends Edgar, Cynthia, Kevin and Kevin’s mom, and we took a van tour to Champagne. The drive was about an hour and a half to the east of Paris to the city of Reims. From Reims, we wandered through the countryside and vineyards, where we were [...]

Burgundy, France

On Sunday, I visited Dijon and Beaune in the Burgundy region of France. The day didn’t start too smoothly; first my Paris metro train stopped two stations short of where I needed to transfer to get to the train station, Gare de Lyon, because of construction. Then when I got to the train station via [...]

Mendoza, Argentina

From Ushuaia, we boarded our 3-hour flight back to Buenos Aires, connecting to another 1-hour flight to the wine country of Argentina, Mendoza. Here, we rented a small SUV and drove to a lovely hacienda in the town of Luján de Cuyo called Lares de Chacras. Mendoza is an area where street signs are few [...]

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Our trip began in Buenos Aires, and it has to be one of my favorite cities in the world now. The city itself has a distinct European feel… wide boulevards, thriving café culture, and great shopping. The locals even speak their Spanish with an Italian accent and slower tempo, which made them easier to understand [...]