Santuario de la Naturaleza

After two late nights in a row, and only falling asleep at 6 am in the morning, I still peeled myself out of bed at 9 something, hit the shower and then the metro, to meet up with Hannah and her Colleagues of Beyond English. Beyond English is a social enterprise that provides English lessons […] Read More


Returning to Santiago was a great idea. I really would not have any energy for a new country or city. Here, everything is smooth, even if I stumble. I reactivated my bip!-card for the metro – as If I had known I would come back, I had indadvertedly carried it along for the whole trip. […] Read More

Mi depto

I really like my little place in Santiago, mi depto, as Chileans say, in short for ‘departemento‘… It is a perfect place to stay, and, in comparison to cities like Melbourne or Tel Aviv, outright cheap. It’s not a one-room studio, but an old, but renovated place, meaning I have a living room and kitchen, […] Read More

Stumbling forward

For once, I’m not referring to my travel speed, but actually to stumbling and falling flat on the street. I walked down a street, phone in hand (I think that was the mistake) when I stumbled over an edge along the side walk, maybe an inch high. If at all. I tried to catch my […] Read More

Longest day ever

I boarded Qantas flight QF17 shortly past noon on January 15th 2015, and our 747 took off around 1.30. The flight was relatively smooth, no real turbulence. Thank god, as it was basically 99% over water – the longest commercial flight over water in the world, actually. We flew nearly twelve hours straight, and landed shortly […] Read More

Returning to South America

Time’s up for Australia, and I’ll head out of Sydney to Santiago today. Time flew, I can’t believe it has been 6 weeks in total…. Here are the details of the flight: Flight 43: Sydney to Santiago Date: 18/02/2015 Code: QF17 SYD to SCL Airline: Qantas Plane: Boeing 747 Distance flown: 7491 Miles Duration: 11h57 This flight holds […] Read More

Bellas Artes residence

I finally completed the last missing booking on this crazy trip. I booked my room in Santiago in February. This time, I’ll stay in the beautiful and vibrant Bellas Artes barrio, a place where I have spent a lot of time on the last visit. My old place in Providencia, with the amazing view and […] Read More

One more time (RTW#3)

It took a long time to figure out what I wanted to do with the three months’ extension I granted myself on this trip. And just when HR mailed me the signed OK for the prolongation  only three days after the expiration of the first sabbatical year (not that I had already booked the flights, anyway…) […] Read More

Unfinished business in STGO

It’s time to look back at Santiago de Chile. Any city that came after Buenos Aires would have a hard time, I thought. BA was one of my highlights. I didn’t really want to leave at all. Santiago though won me over fast. Its people are open and friendly, the city is easy going and fun […] Read More

Santiago budget

I’ve spent 21 days in Santiago. As usual, accommodation comes in first. But I also paid the side trip to Valparaíso and paid double for those days. Santiago was a bit more expensive than expected, for going out, especially. And I ate out more, I did not use my kitchen as often as in Buenos […] Read More