We arrive in Chile: A good day in the deep south

SANTIAGO, Chile — Yesterday’s lost day almost forgotten, I awoke in the Santiago Sheraton to a bright sun and temperatures in the 80s. I had almost forgotten, too, that this was spring — the equivalent to late May in the far-away northern hemisphere Later in the morning I met Brian Pearson, 43. He and his wife, both Americans from New England, sold their house more than ten years ago so they could travel in South America. This included …

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My trip to South America begins with a long wrong flight

ABOARD AA FLIGHT 945, DALLAS/FT. WORTH TO SANTIAGO I’ve often wondered why many frequent flyers these days give American Airlines a bad rap. Mine was a nice smooth flight yesterday from SFO to DFW . The attendants were fine. One would frequently give my arm a friendly pat warning me against being whacked from behind by the oncoming beverage cart. I appreciate things like that. And this morning the coach class seats on American’s Boeing 767 to …

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Preparation: The adventure begins as I head to South America

Walnut Creek, California, Nov. 4, 2012. Whenever I’m getting ready to take major trip, I do as many other optimistic souls do. I first make a list. You know — things to do before leaving and then what items to be absolutely sure to take on the journey. Often the first thing to occur after that is that I lose the list. That’s okay, I shrug my shoulders and make a second list. Item No. 1: “Find …

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