A recent study estimated that 99% of the population of America and Western Europe never see a clear night sky unobscured by dust, smog and light pollution. In cities such as London, the firmament simply never darkens. Now imagine yourself reclining in a desert oasis on a clear moonless night, the air still and silent as you stare up at velvety black heavens carpeted with stars. Linger long enough, and you'll see satellites inching across the sky and glimpse shooting stars.
Rolando has a strong survivor's attitude and knows how to advocate for his rights. We met Rolando in his office in Santiago, where we asked him about Chile's recent progressive moves to improve the lives of the LGBT community.
A natural phenomenon even most hardcore travelers never get to see in action, volcanoes are among the world's most fascinating wonders.
I looked up, and realized that standing next to me, all four feet of her, was Dora the Explorer herself.
New and interesting doesn't need to mean something big and massive and huge, it can be something simple and easy. That being said, it is a lot more fun to make more grand plans, so with that in mind, I decided to come up with a checklist of some of the things I want to do in the next 12 months to perhaps inspire you to start dreaming yourself.
In late 2008, in the midst of Washington's financial crisis, Ryan traveled to South America to meet with political and business leaders as part of a congressional delegation.
At a ranch near Santiago, Chile, I spoke with Gonzalo Vial, an accomplished horse whisperer known to form close personal relationships with his horses. One horse grew amorous.
Several states have become the new Banana Republics. You see, what they have gleaned from those former dictatorships is that the right to vote is no longer a right, but a privilege.
Starting with the dictatorial, oppressive regime of Augusto Pinochet in the 1970s, graffiti became a regular form of protest. It was anonymous and furtive. Finally, City Hall decided to do something about it -- it made it acceptable, under supervision.
Michelle Bachelet is a crusading feminist: she was Chile's first female president. Two years ago she was appointed the first-ever Executive Director of UN Women. And gender equality isn't just about doing the right thing, she says: it makes economic sense.
The air of adventure in El Chaltén, Argentina, is palpable.
And there is the key. To accept the long-time excluded -- gays, divorced, people from other religions, for example -- as legitimate others. Not to tolerate them in a patronizing way, but to see in their different lives and perspectives a path to enrich and humanize ourselves.
We're living in an era when every morsel of information is just a Google search away. But I recently visited a place -- probably one of the last on earth -- where there are more questions than answers.
New Mexico, with its vaunted Hatch chiles, is the green chile capital of the U.S. -- so why shouldn't some enterprising café owner throw some green capsicums on a cheeseburger?
Even so, I decided to look into this myself by showing the video, PowerPoint slide show, and close-up stills of the object to American entomologists, hopefully with a knowledge of Chilean bugs. After all, wouldn't they be the best qualified to determine if indeed our UFO could be some kind of insect?
The park was a living embodiment of the healing many in this country are still going through.