There is a remedy to the travel bug. Let me tell you (and convince myself!) about it! Having Spanish lunch, followed by New Zealand carrot cake, talking about summer travel plans with the family. Sounds good, right? But South America … I guess there is no cure for wanting to go there. Again and again. Magical. Breathtaking. Wild.
A year ago to the day, I boarded a plane to Buenos Aires, not knowing what would await me: The fascinating Patagonian pampas. One of the largest glaciers in the whole world. Or the very bizarre, very beautiful mountain desert landscape around San Pedro de Atacama – blazing heat with only 10% humidity left in the air. My nose did not quite like it (and would have preferred rain forests, for sure). I also remember the effort of taking only a few steps at more than 4.000 metres altitude. Crazy: Why would you do all this?! Because compared to the little physical strains when travelling, the “cinema of emotions” keeps rewarding you for every effort taken on the road. I still shiver from happiness watching my South American travel video today:
Back in 2011 & 2013 I travelled across Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru. Now, it is your time to travel with me: SAVE THE DATE – Friday, February 28, 2014 at 7.00 p.m.
On this occasion and thanks to the support of my partners and friends, I am going to turn the conference hall of the small wine growing community Absdorf am Wagram, some 20 minutes from Krems and a good half hour from Vienna, into a stage for new horizons. You will likely see something of this:
My interactive multi-media show takes you on a trip using videos, photos and lots of live commentary from on the road. In Bogotá, we nibble off banana chips. Trekking in the Andes, Quinoa is what gives us strength. Buenos Aires spoils us beautiful, juicy Argentinian steaks. Finally … I still dream about my seafood plates in Ushuaia, at the “end of the world” in the far south of Argentina. Just delightful. What is more, I will serve you the best red wines of Mendoza and take you with me to the annual local wine festival, including the crowing of the wine queen celebrated by the whole of Argentina. A feast for the eyes – and for the palate!
Torres Del Paine national park, the ruins of Machu Picchu or the city of Buenos Aires count among the most famous and most visited sights of South America. Let me show you what else there is to see and do.
Have you ever been for tea with the locals of the “floating islands” at more 4.000 metres above sea level? Looked a pinkie flamingo in the eye, fishing algae from an Atacama salt flat containing more than 70% minerals and salt? Saw one of the largest glaciers in the world calve? Three years ago, all my answers to these questions would have been “No” – I could not even imagine seeing any of that. Now, though, many of those magic travel moments still linger fresh on my mind. They make my eyes shine and my smile spread all over my face: “This is where you need to go … It was so beautiful … And safe, no problem at all. People are just so friendly … Just use common sense, try and make friends with the local people and / or small travel groups and you will have the time of your life.
Being open-minded, with a good sense of humour, tolerance and respect, you will have the best of times travelling here.”
So go on then saving the date: Friday, February 28, 2014 at 7.00 p.m. for my multi media South America travel talk …
Once again, here are all the details you need to plan. I look forward to seeing you there!