Monthly Archives: July 2012

On facing fears

July 31st, 2012 (20 Comments)

I was in a tunnel 15 feet under the ground, only just big enough to crouch and crawl through. The lights had blown a few moments earlier, just in time to see a bat skim the crown of my head. I peered through the darkness, uneasiness setting in as the earthen walls crumbled beneath my […]

Most excellent travel blog posts: July 2012

July 30th, 2012 (5 Comments)

Here is the second installment of ‘Most excellent travel blog posts‘ where I share with you the words I most enjoyed reading this month.  I hope you’ll like them too.

Superpower Sunday: people magic in Capilla del Monte

July 29th, 2012 (No Comments)

We fell for the magic of Capilla del Monte and its mountainous laidback charm but, as is often the case, it was the people that made it. Claudio and Nadia, our couchsurfing hosts, were two of those people. They normally rent out a room, but offer it for free to couchsurfers during the low season. […]

Photo of the week: the most terrifying heater in the world

July 27th, 2012 (No Comments)

Our host in Capilla del Monte delivered it to our room while we were out. When we got back, we took one look at it and instantly decided against even touching it, let alone holding a match near it. But the cold stone floor, thin walls and mountain air changed the game, and come evening […]

When you’re done with the city, go hunt for UFOs: magic in Capilla del Monte

July 24th, 2012 (10 Comments)

“I can’t wait to get back to the mountains” I said, as we trundled down a hill in Cordoba city on the way to a new hostel. Steve agreed. We’d been in the city for a few days and liked it – there were next to no tourists and it had a spritely bustle that […]

Superpower Sunday: psychology and paganism in Cordoba

July 22nd, 2012 (No Comments)

This week we asked the question ‘Why are so many Argentines in therapy?‘ and put forward some ideas from a psychologist in Cordoba. Our superpower interview is with that man, Gaston, along with his boyfriend Nicolas, a reiki healer and teacher. We couchsurfed with Nicolas in Cordoba and enjoyed chatting about his beliefs as a […]

Photo of the week: Rainbow falls at Iguazu

July 20th, 2012 (3 Comments)

Our trip to Iguazu falls gave birth to the catchphrase “Excellence splendour of the universe” and this photo shows you why. The magnificence of the falls is awesome, and all day rainbows kept appearing in the mist as an added display of nature’s beauty. It’s a touristy spot, but for an excellent reason and it […]

Why are so many Argentines in therapy?

July 17th, 2012 (18 Comments)

I started to notice it in Buenos Aires. Friends would meet me a drink “after therapy”, my Spanish teacher would fit me in around her sessions, and everyone would pepper conversations with “my therapist says…”. I soon realised that nearly every Argentine I met was either in, or had been in, therapy – but more […]

Superpower Sunday: a mother and son in Mendoza

July 15th, 2012 (No Comments)

For this week’s Superpower Sunday, we interviewed Maggie and Patrick, a mother and son in Mendoza. We stayed with them in-between riding bikes and drinking wine after Patrick couchsurfed with us in London back in February. Can you guess whose superpower was to be selectively deaf so they could avoid hearing awkward conversations on buses? […]

Photo of the week: Selaron and a question of seeing in Brazil

July 13th, 2012 (3 Comments)

This week has had a theme of bloody good travel quotes, so we thought we’d add one of our favourites to our photo of the week. We took this picture of the artist Selaron in Rio when interviewing him for our blog If I had a Superpower. True to his artistic temperament, after five questions, […]