travel photography

Belgium: Brussels

Belgium: Brussels

I always get off the train after arriving in a new city with a bit of apprehension. On the train there is no navigating to do, no translations to run in your head, and a bathroom is always within reach. All you have to do is relax in your seat, take a nap. Once off the train, responsibility comes crashing in...

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Film Roll: Tricahue & Xoco

Film Roll: Tricahue & Xoco

I finally got my last film roll developed.  Giving English lessons basically fuels my film developing fund...  I'm very excited with these, especially the ones taken on my first long (4-hours up, 3 hours down) hike in Reserva Tricahue, in the 7th region (Maule) of Chile.  These are all un-edited negative scans.

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Macro

Macro

Small things: photo edition.  I've been in a rut lately, not taking photos, not doing anything different.  I just watched a TED talk about getting out of your comfort zone and not letting fear or uncomfortableness get in your way of what you want or who you want to be.  (And yes this sounds like wisdom on a Pinterest board)  Ugh.  I hate it when I read/watch things that are timely and essentially serve to kick me in the pants and then I have to get off my butt and do something about it.  I guess watching Netflix and eating manjar aren't the key to achieving my dreams.  They can complement it, though.  And I'm going to count eating manjar as cultural immersion.  Yes.

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Isla Negra

Isla Negra

Isla Negra, translated as Black Island, is not an island.  Paradoxical Chile.  This small town by the ocean is known for being home to one of Pablo Neruda's eclectic house-turned-museum, and is where my Chilean culture class went for a field trip.  We had lunch on the beach, went sort-of-trekking, and visited a smaller town known for its artisanal pottery.  There were many wild dogs and 1/2 kilo empanadas. 

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Parque Tricahue

Parque Tricahue

 

South of Santiago three hours on Ruta 5 highway is Talca, a medium-sized city of about 250,000 people.  From there it's an hour and a half bus ride east (towards the mountains) to get to Armerillo, small town and home of Parque Tricahue, where two friends and I spent a long weekend hiking, eating peanut butter, and somewhat-successfully building fires in our cabin's stove. 

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Iquique, Chile

Iquique, Chile

Desert, desolation, pure hot sand as far as you can see...and then you pop over a sand dune and see ocean!  That's what it's like to be travel from Bolivia through the Atacama Desert, to Iquique, a medium-sized port city in northern Chile.  This time I arrived via airplane from Santiago and spent Easter weekend in Iquique. 

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