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Kurma's South American Tour

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Part One: Transit in Santiago, Chile

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Day One

click for larger imageThey say a well-executed task is 80% planning. Well that was the case with this tour. After months of communications, fine-tuning and hundreds of e-mails, the big day came. I boarded Virgin’s midnight flight DJ 118 at Perth Domestic airport. This would connect me with next morning’s international departure that would leave Sydney for Santiago de Chile via Auckland. Although my reveries had begun days before, the four hour ‘red-eye’ trans-Australia flight afforded me additional time to contemplate, albeit sleepily, my upcoming adventure.               

click for larger imageThis was to be an extensive two-month culinary trip to Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina, Chile  and Peru. After a one-day stopover in Santiago, I would fly to La Paz, the capital of Bolivia, via the Chilean coastal cities of Iquique and Arica. My Bolivian leg would also take me over the Andes by road to Cochabamba. Next I would fly across the vast continent and  join the Atlantic Ocean in Sao Paulo, Brazil

click for larger image Then we would drive westward to the bustling University town of Sao Jose do Rio Preto and beautiful Pindamonhangaba; next to cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. Freezing cold Santiago de Chile would be next, and finally due North to the
warmer regions of Peru, taking in Cusco, the archeological capital
of the Americas, Incan stronghold Machu Picchu and finally Lima.

click for larger imageThe eight weeks would be packed with press conferences, radio and TV interviews, talks with editors of various newspapers and magazines, catching up with family, mountain hikes, meeting new friends, tasting new and exotic foods, visiting temples, cathedrals, museums, bustling markets, and of course, lots of cooking: classes in culinary institutes, schools, private homes, hotels, and conference centres, and a fund raising dinner.

Click for Larger ImageArmed with apron and camera, (and a whole lot more – travelling light was not my forte) I was determined that this trip would be not only an opportunity to share my culinary skills with others, but also a chance to embark on hitherto uncharted food adventures.

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