greg's blog en Do I need a passport for my baby? <p>In case you are, for example, the parents of a child and you are taking a trip I have created a handy website to help you determine if you need a passport for that child.</p> <p>It's called: <a href="">Do I need a passport for my baby</a>.</p> <p>I hope you enjoy it. I enjoyed making it. I didn't enjoy learning about this new policy while in line to get on a flight because it meant I missed the flight and had to stay home in Denver instead. Denver is nice, but not as nice as being on a trip.</p> The Whole World English Advice Mon, 21 Feb 2011 19:21:33 +0000 greg 518 at Hiking El Pital - The highest peak on the border of El Salvador and Honduras <p>In 2006 we went on a trip to El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. On that trip we "hiked" El Pital, which is mostly about taking a bus to a mountain pass on the side of the mountain and then maybe a 2 hour walk up the road to the top of the mountain.</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <h3>Bus to El Pital</h3> <p>I don't remember the exact name of the town where we found the bus, but it should be relatively easy to figure out. We started in La Palma and took the early early morning bus to another town. Then we had a little food from a pretty nasty pupuseria while waiting for the bus up the hill. The mountain pass had a tiny shop where we bought some potato chips and similar things.</p> <p><a href="">read more</a></p> English Latin America/Caribbean Touristing Thu, 28 Oct 2010 18:26:39 +0000 greg 517 at Salar de Uyuni vs. Global Lithium Needs <p>The Salar De Uyuni, one of our favorite parts of our 2008 trip in Bolivia, is now at risk of serious changes. It seems that 70% of the world's known reserves of lithium which is of course an important element for all of the lithium-ion batteries in the cellphones, ipods, cameras, and laptops that people take on their trips to the salt flats to document their trip.</p> <p>We've posted a ton of photos of our trip to the Salar De Uyuni, here are some of the best. I post these at the request of the site <a href="">Save the Salar</a> who are also on <a href="">twitter</a>. They want the world to know about the beauty of the salar and the risks it faces.</p> <p><a href="">read more</a></p> English Latin America/Caribbean Political Fri, 30 Jul 2010 19:58:47 +0000 greg 516 at Going abroad: Do I need a converter or an adapter? <p>I frequently am asked "when going abroad, do I need a converter or an adapter or both?"</p> <h3>What is a power converter?</h3> <p>A converter takes energy from the wall in one format and turns it into another. So, in Argentina the power is 220-240v, 50 Hz, AC. That means the voltage is 220 to 240 and it comes in 50 alternating cycles per second. For comparison the United States of America is 120 volts at 60hz. You can see different standard power measure from around the world at</p> <p>Now, will that work for you? Most electrical products should say in tiny little writing something like</p> <p>Input: 100-240v, 50-60hz.<br /> Output: 6.5-18.5v, 4.6A max.</p> <p><a href="">read more</a></p> The Whole World English Advice Wed, 30 Dec 2009 22:27:01 +0000 greg 513 at Historic Maps of Latin America <p>For me, maps are little gold mines of information. I love to pour over them imagining what the place is like, or letting them remind me of my favorite parts of a trip to a specific area. As we spent our <a href="">9 months in the Spanish Speaking world</a> the one souvenir we kept from every location was the local maps. I'm sure that in years to come these will be great for kickstarting our memories.</p> <h3>Historical Maps of Latin American Locations</h3> <p><a href="">read more</a></p> English Latin America/Caribbean Touristing Work Wed, 11 Mar 2009 17:05:15 +0000 greg 477 at Best Travel Coffee Maker: Aeropress vs. Primula Stove Top <p>On our trip, Nikki and I were a bit concerned about <a href="">coffee</a> because we like the American style rich, strong, and somewhat sweet roasts. So, we brought along some coffee from the US but also found a couple of local places to get our beans for home brews (we also spent tons of time in the cafes of Argentina - it is known for its cafe culture, after all).</p> <h3>Primula 9 Cup Stove Top Coffee Maker</h3> <p><a href="">read more</a></p> The Whole World English Foods Sun, 04 Jan 2009 23:19:38 +0000 greg 472 at Send the Travel Writers to Hell! or Nothing like a Rip Off to Ruin a Trip <p>After having some great times <em>living</em> in Argentina we wanted to end our trip on a <em>travel</em> binge (note the important difference between <em>living</em> somewhere and <em>travelling</em> somewhere). So, we headed north on the so-called "Gringo Trail." After spending months reading various travel books and getting excited about the trip we set off. Who knew that in a few months time we would hate those travel writers for the inaccuracy of their data and the exaggeration of their prose?</p> <p><a href="">read more</a></p> English Did that ever happen to you? Latin America/Caribbean Touristing Knaddison Spanish Tour Wed, 21 May 2008 17:52:37 +0000 greg 449 at Touring The Quebrada de Humahuaca: Northern Argentina's answer to Utah <p>(note: this happened before the <a href="">Salar de Uyuni trip,</a> but got posted out of order - whoops).</p> <h3>Quebrada de Humahuaca</h3> <p><a href=""><img src=""></a></p> <p><a href="">read more</a></p> Latin America/Caribbean Spanglish Touristing Mon, 12 May 2008 15:05:22 +0000 greg 432 at Lessons Learned: Top Ten Tips for Travelers and Digital Nomads <p>So...that's about it. We're nearly done with our <a href="">trip</a>. We still need to write about some of the sites we saw in Peru/Bolivia but we're back in Buenos Aires winding down and getting ready to head back to the motherland. We learned some things on this trip - just a few - and some of them might be useful to others who are thinking about heading out on a trip like this.</p> <p>So...our top 10 tips for extended travelers and digital nomads:</p> <h3>Book your hotel for 1 night and Then Explore.</h3> <p><a href="">read more</a></p> English Latin America/Caribbean Knaddison Spanish Tour Thu, 08 May 2008 17:16:09 +0000 greg 439 at Touring the Salar de Uyuni and South Western Bolivia <h3>Argentina to Bolivia at La Quiaca/Villazon</h3> <p><a href="/node/418"><img src="/wanderfiles/images/12_sunrise_bug_greg_flats.preview.jpg"></a></p> <p><a href="">read more</a></p> Latin America/Caribbean Spanglish Touristing Thu, 01 May 2008 13:58:27 +0000 greg 433 at