Aboard the ms Veendam: The end and the beginning

ABOARD THE ms VEENDAM –  Our first port call on this fortnight journey was Puerto Montt, named for an early governor of the province. And it is quite literally at the end of the road. The road meaning the Pan American Highway, a noble concept whose opposite extreme is far, far away in Alaska. Pulling up to a small dock was not a practical option for the 55,000-ton, Veendam, so passengers boarded the ship’s tenders which ferried …

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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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