Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil
Lovers at Leblon

We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Rio de Janeiro as can be seen in our slideshow of favorite photos below. Its natural setting and the sea of high rises woven through protected, jungle covered rock formations make for a city of unsurpassable beauty. Happily wearing rose colored glasses, we gladly stayed an extra week in … Read more


More than anything, Colonia del Sacramento is an escape. It is old cars and cobblestone streets and lamplight, all of it seemingly separated by both kilometers and centuries from the hustle and bustle of Buenos Aires, visible on a clear day across the Rio de la Plata. Even the river itself looks different from this … Read more


It is no coincidence that we ended up spending more time in Buenos Aires than in any other destination. With history and architecture and arts and parks and cafes and tango and futbol and protests and medialunas and beef and wine, it’s a truly world class city. From afar you might mistake it for one … Read more

Ollantaytambo Door

When I sat down to write a summary of our time in Peru, I realized that I had already written something similar to the words that were beginning to come out. This month’s wrap up is a slight adaptation of a portion of an email sent to my dear friend and penpal, Martha Grove. Enjoy … Read more

Machu Picchu

Long before Ian and I met, we both, separately, dreamed of one day visiting Machu Picchu. For two people with inexhaustible collections of places we’d like to go, things we’d like to see, and activities we’d like to do, this magical spot in the Peruvian Andes for some reason stuck out. I’m not even sure … Read more

Turi Selfie

We didn’t plan much heading into our time in Ecuador. Our lodging was arranged just days before our arrival, and while we were interested in Cuenca from the get go, in the end it was available apartments that really made the decision for us regarding where in the country we would spend October and the … Read more

10th Floor View

Our slideshow is quite short this month and the number of blog posts we wrote about our temporary home is fewer than usual too. Some of this can be attributed to the fact that we wrote like crazy during our first week or two in Colombia as we dished the details on our Darien Gap … Read more

Cartagena Canon

We didn’t know a single thing about Cartagena (pronounced: Cart-ah-hay-nah, also called Cartagena de Indias) before the city forced its way onto our route by being the receiving location of our shipped car. Honestly, if the Darien wasn’t a Gap, we probably still wouldn’t. We think that a Colombian acquaintance we had in Raleigh might … Read more

Panama City

Our time in Panama was polar, split between the preparations of our impending cross into South America and the enjoyment of city life in a country that offers many unanticipated lessons about our own. As we lifted into the air on our way to Colombia on Monday morning, sprawling green hills beneath us met the … Read more

Playa Zancudo

Commensurate with our experiences, our favorite photos from Costa Rica were taken outdoors capturing only a small fraction of the limitless wonders of nature that caught our attention daily this month. The word raw has been a more heavily used part of our vocabulary than usual as we’ve moved through Central America, and indeed as … Read more