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Easter Island: Itinerary and Master Guide [Work In Progress]

Easter Island is considered one of the most remote destinations in the world — but one would likely be unaware of that fact when wandering the town of Hanga Roa after stepping off of a Boeing 787-9 Y+ “Dreamliner” airplane operated by LATAM Airlines from Santiago.

Known most famously for its hundreds of Maoi and the various Anu — or platforms — on which they stand, Easter Island also has…

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Review: Oby’s in Starkville, Mississippi

A po’ boy is a type of sandwich from Louisiana that consists of French bread with a choice of food between the two halves, such as meat, seafood, vegetables, or combinations of these. According to legend, in a New Orleans streetcar strike in 1929, a restaurant known as…

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I Met the King. His Name is Tut Ankh Amun.

In celebration of the tomb of Tut Ankh Amun in Egypt once again being open to visitors after undergoing extensive and painstaking restoration for almost a decade, I thought I would impart the experience of my visit from the spring of 2015 — but because I was not allowed to…

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The Total Eclipse of the Sun Chile July 2019: A Poor Video of a Great Celestial Event

After staying the night in Tongoy, I left the hotel property prior to 9:00 in the morning to drive the remaining 82 miles to the center of totality of the path of the solar eclipse. After scoping the area in the bright sunshine under clear skies, I chose a site at approximately 11:30 in the morning which I believed to be optimum for viewing a total solar eclipse. As the total solar eclipse was not scheduled to happen until just after 4:30 in the afternoon, I had five hours to wait in the middle of nowhere. Good thing that I had an ample amount of snacks and water in the car…

…but at approximately 1:00 in the afternoon, clouds started to form. By 2:00, the sky was completely overcast. My hope of seeing this total solar eclipse was fading fast.

I then…

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I Saw a Chery Face in Chile. What Is a Chery Face?

As I sat in traffic on Ruta 5 waiting for the light to change to green in the city of Coquimbo on my way north to see the total eclipse of the sun, I saw a Chery Face in front of me — and I had to read it multiple times to ensure that what I saw was correct.

A Chery Face is not a fruit pastry or an expression of deep embarrassment. Rather, it is a…

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Chasing Another Total Solar Eclipse 2019

There is definitely something wrong with me.

You would think that after all of the trouble I went through to catch the last major solar eclipse back on Monday, August 21, 2017 in the United States — please refer to the articles Everything You Do Not Want to Know About Trying to View a Total Solar Eclipse and then Photographs of the Total Eclipse of the Sun for additional details — that I would have had my fill of total solar eclipses.

Think again.

Although I did not…

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Dogs Versus Horses on Easter Island

Easter Island may be known for its legendary Moai statues which dot the island; but dogs and horses freely roam around the island — and they do not always get along with each other.

As the wild horses mind their own business and will typically ignore humans, having your own temporary dog as a companion on Easter Island is not a matter of if; but when. I had a pack of as many as four dogs accompany me as I walked by them.

The dogs…

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Hotel Yachting Club: One of the Worst Hotels at Which I Have Ever Stayed

Hotel Yachting Club cannot be found on Google Maps using its address — in fact, Google Maps places it almost 50 kilometers away north northeast in the city of Coquimbo — so I selected Restoran Panquecon in Tongoy as the location instead, as Hotel Yachting Club is located just to the north on the corner. The hotel property is actually rather easy to get to by car via Ruta 5, which is the main north-south highway in Chile that is also known as the Panamericana Norte.

Despite the…

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