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Old Dec 22nd 2015, 06:07 AM
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Marge and I just returned from a cruise around very south America starting in Buenos Aires, Argentina, then Montevideo, Uruguay; Stanley in the Falkland Islands, 6 days on and off zodiac boats on the Antarctic peninsula, then stops in Argentina again, and stops in Patagonia, Chile and up the west coast to Valparaiso, Chile and over to the airport in Santiago, Chile.

It was a great trip although I was a little disappointed with Uruguay after I heard it was a great place which has legalized gay marriage, is in the process of completing the legalization of marihuana, and allegedly has a relatively free market with good economic growth.

However, the economy is not so great, and the place looks a bit seedy, at least compared to Chile, but this observation is based on visiting only one city and touring it by bus for a few hours.

Our tour guide blamed the poor economy in Uruguay on the influence of the poor economies in the larger countries of Argentina and Brazil, but she seemed a little perplexed and said that the Uruguayans were doing all they could to improve the economy by electing a socialist government, failing, imho, to connect the dots.

We walked through a large pro or anti-abortion demonstration taking pictures in Buenos Aires, which we read later was not a wise thing to do, and we never really figured out what was going on. Also saw various signs protesting England's continued possession of what they call the Malvinas Islands and England calls the Falkland Islands.

We learned that Chile has been subsiding both individuals and businesses to move down to Patagonia to counter the Argentine presence there, thus robbing the productive Peter in the north to pay struggling Paul in the south, which has had deteriorating economic conditions ever since the opening of the Panama canal in 1914.

All in all the trip reinforced my belief that John Lennon had it right when he wrote Imagine:


Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace...

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one
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Old Dec 22nd 2015, 06:05 PM
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Wow - sounds like you and the wife had a great trip!

I'd like to visit South America sometime, but travelling is so expensive and my list of places I want to go to is long.
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Old Dec 22nd 2015, 06:20 PM
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Wow - sounds like you and the wife had a great trip!

I'd like to visit South America sometime, but travelling is so expensive and my list of places I want to go to is long.
As I've mentioned before, start with this affordable Gate 1 trip to China and you won't go wrong!

https://www.gate1travel.com/asia-pac...cn4dyrc15.aspx

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Old Dec 22nd 2015, 07:38 PM
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As I've mentioned before, start with this affordable Gate 1 trip to China and you won't go wrong!

https://www.gate1travel.com/asia-pac...cn4dyrc15.aspx


PS. When you click on "Dates and Prices" on one of their tours they tell you which gateway cities are available at the given price, but they have patched us through from Jacksonville for a reasonable extra charge when only Los Angeles or New York were listed as exit cities. I've seen Toronto listed as an exit city before, and they would probably make connections for you so that you could use their airport pick-up, at a reasonable price, if you called them.

(And yes, I'm sure that I don't have any connections with Gate 1, and don't even know anyone there.)
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I've finally well and truly been (and currently still am) to my dad's home town of Medellin, Colombia. I was here for a while in 1989, but as a one year old all I have are pictures in lieu of memories. Memories wouldn't have been good from that trip anyway, so it's probably for the better.

This city is amazing and has taken incredible strides since the days of the Medellin cartel.
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Old Dec 26th 2015, 03:25 PM
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I've finally well and truly been (and currently still am) to my dad's home town of Medellin, Colombia. I was here for a while in 1989, but as a one year old all I have are pictures in lieu of memories. Memories wouldn't have been good from that trip anyway, so it's probably for the better.

This city is amazing and has taken incredible strides since the days of the Medellin cartel.
Interesting. Could you elaborate a little, about 1989 and so on?
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Interesting. Could you elaborate a little, about 1989 and so on?
Well, my phone screen cracked and I hate typing on it anyway, so I'll go more in depth when I get home, but in short, while we were down here visiting in 1989 my grandpa was kidnapped off his farm and never returned. After that pretty much the whole family moved to the states.
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Travel to China from Toronto including airfare:
https://www.gate1travel.com/asia-pac...abjsyyz17.aspx
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Travel to China from Toronto including airfare:
https://www.gate1travel.com/asia-pac...abjsyyz17.aspx
Wow! That looks like an amazing good price!
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My wife gets a lot more free time than I do these days. She has this buddy in Finland that she went to visit last year. This summer they are meeting up in Istanbul. Fun times! I kind of like her going off and having adventures on her own, actually.
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