Category Archives: South America

Bom Apetite! A Bunch of Brazilian Bites

Judging by the title, you could be forgiven if you thought that this post was about mosquitos preying on tourists.  Maybe. Instead, I’ll focus on some memorable food from my recent time in Brazil.  It was mostly to check out … Continue reading

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Falk You, England! Argentina and the Fifty Peso Note

Time to create a word: inflatuation.  Meaning?  (Tourist with a) fondness for countries suffering from superlatively high inflation.  Venezuela might be the current flavor of the month, but this issue isn’t new to Argentina either.  While your country is grappling … Continue reading

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Coins are Obnoxious

Coins are obnoxious.  It’s not their fault…no, no, it’s because governments ’round the world can’t resist weighing down our jeans or handbags – or not, as you’ll see shortly – with coinage.  Is it in deference to those of us … Continue reading

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A Venezuelan VIP: Very Important Petroleum

No more than five minutes after checking into my hotel in Caracas, Venezuela did I encounter this (hopefully) fanciful playground.  To give the designers’ – was one of them Señor Biv? – some credit, the most realistic aspect of it … Continue reading

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Caracas, Venezuela’s Torre de David

My timing is not good these days.  Ah, that’s a half-truth. Whereas the dollar went far on my recent visit to Caracas, Venezuela, the one building I wanted to visit, the Centro Financiero Confinanzas, was already been cleared of its … Continue reading

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Changing Money in Caracas, Venezuela

My titles used to be more unique…give it time.  Then again, who’s going to do a search for “changing lettuce in Caracas, Venezuela?” Since speaking directly about US dollars in that country can be taboo, they have been nicknamed lechuga … Continue reading

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The Borojó Fruit of Ecuador

The best thing about visiting food markets is trying things that either aren’t available or aren’t available fresh in your hometown.  Case-in-point: the borojó fruit. Welcome to my kitchen, everyone!  Actually…if this was my kitchen, there would be a lot … Continue reading

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