El bueno, el malo y el feo
July 16, 2010 GMT
La Hipoteca

The mortgage. Finally paid off this month. Took it out when I was 21.

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Its been a long time..... maybe I'll go on a little trip to celebrate.

Posted by Jean Porter at 06:12 PM GMT
August 28, 2010 GMT
EL Taller

Bikes are sorted with Panniers

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Posted by Jean Porter at 09:24 PM GMT
La Cocina

Managed to fit everything in :-)

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Posted by Jean Porter at 10:22 PM GMT
September 07, 2010 GMT
El pingüino

On a trek to find his fellow penguins.

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Posted by Jean Porter at 03:13 PM GMT
September 13, 2010 GMT
Mi nueva casa

On the shores of Lake Champlain, Vermont.

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Posted by Jean Porter at 01:49 PM GMT
September 16, 2010 GMT
El Malo

Does my bum look wet in this ?

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Results of wearing Dainese "all weather" pants for 2 hours in heavy rain.

Posted by Jean Porter at 11:31 PM GMT
September 25, 2010 GMT
El primer vuelo

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Kill Devil Hills, Kiitihawk, North Carolina. The track marks the world's first successful powered flights, by the Wright brothers, on a freezing cold day in December 1903. A piece of the plane was sent to the moon and back on the Apollo 11 mission in 1969.

Posted by Jean Porter at 02:18 AM GMT
September 27, 2010 GMT
El pájaro de fuego

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Another cultural interlude (to balance out the previous shooting session) - Bruce was dragged into the modern art museum in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Posted by Jean Porter at 09:51 PM GMT
October 05, 2010 GMT
El caimán grande

Meaher State Park, by Spanish Fort, Alabama.

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Is it a log? No its a 10 foot alligator skulking in the lagoon 200m from our tent. I slept with my feet facing the lagoon.

Posted by Jean Porter at 03:39 AM GMT
October 15, 2010 GMT
El helado

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Why don't they sell these in the UK ?

Posted by Jean Porter at 04:40 AM GMT
October 19, 2010 GMT
El Contestador

Garden around trailer house in Sabine, Texas

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They're not happy with BP here.

Posted by Jean Porter at 03:29 AM GMT
October 25, 2010 GMT
El pingüino en la frontera

Terlingua - Ghost Town, looking towards Mexico

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Pengy contemplates Mexico, having failed to find any relatives in the USA.

Posted by Jean Porter at 04:50 PM GMT
November 05, 2010 GMT
El cactus graffiti

On hillside at Real De Catorce

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The local grafitti "wall"

Posted by Jean Porter at 03:29 AM GMT
November 09, 2010 GMT
El turisto

View from 'Garry hostel' roof.

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He's not in Liverpool now!

Posted by Jean Porter at 01:27 AM GMT
November 26, 2010 GMT
La moto y la selva

Hummingbird Highway, Belize.

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It's stopped raining!

Posted by Jean Porter at 04:38 AM GMT
November 30, 2010 GMT
El viaje a las cuevas

Trip down to caves at Semuc Champey. The tour 'bus' from the hostel, get on and hang on. Single track dirt road winding around steep hills all the way!

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The cave tour. All done by candlelight. In parts this involved swimming one-handed while holding your candle over your head, and jumping in pools while again attempting not to extinguish your candle. Followed up with swim in beautiful outdoor natural pools.

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Posted by Jean Porter at 01:22 AM GMT
December 15, 2010 GMT
La banda de marimba

Performance in the Parque Centro, Quetzeltenango, Guatemala.

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Marimba is the national music of Guatemala, and is played on large wooden xylophones with a group of players. Each player holds up to 2 beaters in each hand. What follows is an incredibly well sychronised multi-layered performance of complex pieces of music. When we arrived they were giving 'White Christmas' the marimba treatment!

Posted by Jean Porter at 03:22 AM GMT
December 18, 2010 GMT
El pingüino y los surfistas

El Tunco beach, El Salvador. Looking over the Pacific.

Pengy considers theories of evolution and why there are a lot of surfers but no penguins on Central American beaches.

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And then the sun went down, as it does every day........

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Posted by Jean Porter at 03:46 AM GMT
January 06, 2011 GMT
El viejo y lo nuevo

Cuidad de Panama, from the 'old town'.

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A city of big contrasts, where tin roofed shacks of the poor prop up the modern tower blocks of the rich, and the old rubs up against the new.

Posted by Jean Porter at 01:51 AM GMT
January 07, 2011 GMT
La pared de graffiti

Bogota, Columbia. 2 of numerous photos I took today. Well, you have to when you're in a new continent!

1. Graffitti wall near our hostal.

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2. View from mountain to east of Bogota. Look! Its the foothills of the Andes (foothills being at 9000ft.............)

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Posted by Jean Porter at 12:49 AM GMT
January 17, 2011 GMT
Las señales de tráfico

Probably the most common road sign in Columbia.

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With all the mad overtaking going on, its not a matter of 'if' but 'when'. Although Peru is worse, apparently.........

Posted by Jean Porter at 02:41 AM GMT
El jardín de Edén

Salento, a little village on top of a hill, in the heart of Columbia's coffee growing area.

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Posted by Jean Porter at 02:54 AM GMT
February 17, 2011 GMT
Las rutas de tierra y asfalta

The road from Uyuni to Potosi, Bolivia.

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All hail the Bolivian road builders! For every metre of paved road they manage to build across this hugely scenic but very inhospitable terrain.

Posted by Jean Porter at 02:10 AM GMT
February 26, 2011 GMT
Las llamas y los senales

Somewhere in Bolivia. The most common road sign seen here. And there's loads of them, llamas, alpacas, vicunas.........by the road, on the road, about to cross the road. At least they don't suddenly dash across in the suicidal manner favoured by moose and deer. They eye you up and then casually saunter over the road like someone crossing a main road in Liverpool city centre.

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This one's in Putre, just across the border in Chile. A llama greeting party surrounded us when we arrived at our hostel. They're so nosey! The others had got bored and wandered off by the time the camera came out.

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Posted by Jean Porter at 05:30 PM GMT
March 17, 2011 GMT
El fin de los Andes

View from the Puerto Natales ferry, rounding the base of the Peninsula Roca on the southern coast of Chile.

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In contrast to their sudden rise to great height in Columbia, here the Andes slowly dwindle away to mountains of 2000m, then islands of 1000m. They finally dip, almost apologetically, below the sea south of Tierra Del Fuego to continue for a while as an underwater ridge. But not before a final blaze of glory in southern Patagonia with a series of spectacular granite towers and huge glaciers.

I've wanted to see the Andes since I was a child. I think I have now 'seen' them. And I'm not disappointed. Wonder what the Himalayas look like.........?

Posted by Jean Porter at 01:15 AM GMT
La vida marina de la Patagonia

West of the Parque Nacional Bernardo O'Higgins on the coast of southern Chile. Pengy finally got to see lots of relatives (the Magellanic family branch) swimming past. Unfortunately they were a bit camera shy and kept diving for fish instead of posing properly for photographs.

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So here's a picture of seals performing properly for the camera instead. They can do sychronised jumping without being trained by humans! Amazing. It could make all the animal trainers redundant....

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Posted by Jean Porter at 01:33 AM GMT
March 23, 2011 GMT
La nueva casa de Pengy

Seno Otway penguinera, near Punta Arenas, Chile.

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Pengy spotted his relatives returning home from the sea, after a long day fishing. When they had finished resting and 'socialising' they all waddled back to their burrows making a lot of noise and stopping from time to time for some beak rubbing and flipper waving.

Pengy then found a salubrious looking burrow and took up residence for a short holiday.

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The penguins even have their own newspaper (the daily one in Punta Arenas) and a local radio station, Radio Penguino.

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Posted by Jean Porter at 10:30 PM GMT
Los monumentos del Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins

(for the Higgins family)

Bernardo O'Higgins, one of the main players in the independence of Chile, has tributes all over the country. There are main streets named after him, a national park, town squares, and numerous monuments.

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This statue in Punta Arenas is one of our favourites. It's location is particularly inspiring, with Bernardo grandly pointing across the Straits of Magellan towards Tierra Del Fuego. He was one of the instigators in encouraging the Chilean government of the time to stake its claim to the current southern end of Chile, and the strategically important Straits.

At Fuerte Bulnes, a re-creation of the fort set up in 1843 when Chile staked its claim for the Straits, Bernardo has a lighthouse named after him.

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Posted by Jean Porter at 11:01 PM GMT
March 26, 2011 GMT
(Muéstrame) La Via De Volver A Casa.

Cerro de la Cruz, Punta Arenas.

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There's the route home, via Buenos Aires and Madrid. I just need a way of getting there!

An enterprising resident has used big poles in their garden to set up signposts to cities around the world. For the equivalent of $40 we could have ordered one for St Helens. However, we'd sooner spend the money on food, beer and getting my bike fixed.

Posted by Jean Porter at 09:31 PM GMT
April 17, 2011 GMT
Las Dos Ciudads

We left Buenos Aires in the autumn and 12,000k later arrived in Madrid in the spring. It took us 12 hours in the air to travel half of what took 7 months on the ground.

The steak in Argentina is as good as its renowned to be. We shared a slab with Cindy and Geert at a parilla (BBQ restaurant) in Buenos Aires.

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My first impression of Bueno Aires was that it was quite similar to Madrid. But now I've had a good look at Madrid again I don't think this is true

Buenos Aires is like a much loved and well used designer shoe, all scuffed around the edges but worn with attitude.

Madrid is like a well cared for vintage shoe, stylish and immaculately kept.

Continuing on the shoe theme, here are our feet on the centre of Spain marker in the Plaza Del Sol, Madrid.

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Posted by Jean Porter at 09:39 PM GMT
November 22, 2012 GMT
En busca del mar perdido de Bolivia

Bo-pengy (cousin of Pengy) awoke from suspended animation in the bike pannier in Argentina, and started the search for potential Bolivian relatives. As Bolivia ceded its coastline to Chile in 1904 after the War of the Pacific and became a land-locked country, this is likely to be an ultimately fruitless search.

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Note to Gibbo: yes I have brought another b****y penguin! Hay uno problemo?

Posted by Jean Porter at 09:47 PM GMT
 
 

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