Luke Around The World – 20100202 – Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires is another city I’ve visited many times. As such, in the podcast I don’t try to say everything I know about the city, instead I concentrate on what I did and saw on this visit only.

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Christmas on the Avenue 9 de Julio, the widest road in the world (2008).
Christmas on the Avenue 9 de Julio, the widest road in the world (2008).

The courtyards in San Telmo (2008).
The courtyards in San Telmo (2008).

The narrowest house in Buenos Aires, San Telmo (2007).
The narrowest house in Buenos Aires, San Telmo (2007).

Sunday market in San Telmo (2008).
Sunday market in San Telmo (2008).

Indoor market in San Telmo (2008).
Indoor market in San Telmo (2008).

Walrus English Bookshop, San Telmo (2009).
Walrus English Bookshop, San Telmo (2009).

Tango street show in San Telmo (2008).
Tango street show in San Telmo (2008).

Me at the Planetarium (2008).
Me at the Planetarium (2008).

Traffic light jugglers (2008).
Traffic light jugglers (2008).

Traffic light juggler (2008).
Traffic light juggler (2008).

Traffic light juggler (2009).
Traffic light juggler (2009).

The painted houses in La Boca (2008, not mentioned on the podcast).
The painted houses in La Boca (2008, not mentioned on the podcast).

Plaza Naciones Unidas (2009, not mentioned in the podcast).
Plaza Naciones Unidas (2009, not mentioned in the podcast).


Luke Around The World – 20100201 – Montevideo, Uruguay

I’ve visited Montevideo many, many times. Listen to the podcast for more information and stories. Photos below might only make sense after listening.

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Montevideo through the eyes of a sci-fi movie director:

Montevideo city center (2009).
Montevideo city center (2009).

Opposite view of the statue.
Opposite view of the statue.

A street entertainer in Montevideo.
A street entertainer in Montevideo.

One of the parks in the new city.
One of the parks in the new city.

Main shopping street in Montevideo.
Main shopping street in Montevideo.

Art on the street.
Art on the street.

Slowly rebuilding the old city.
Slowly rebuilding the old city.

Montevideo skyline at night from the port.
Montevideo skyline at night from the port.

Gaucho Horse Parade, an annual occurrence I was lucky enough to witness in 2009.
Gaucho Horse Parade, an annual occurrence I was lucky enough to witness in 2009.

Christmas in Montevideo (2007).
Christmas in Montevideo (2007).

The anchor of the Graf Spee.
The anchor of the Graf Spee.

The rangefinder of the Graf Spee.
The rangefinder of the Graf Spee.

The Norwegian Dream, right, after hitting a container ship in Montevideo. Note the dents on the prow (2008).
The Norwegian Dream, right, after hitting a container ship in Montevideo. Note the dents on the prow (2008).

Joining the Marco Polo in the Plate Estuary via pilot boat (2007).
Joining the Marco Polo in the Plate Estuary via pilot boat (2007).


classroom #2: club hit-launches

Another one-shot juggling video showing a single category of club pattern. I call these hit-launches, but I’m sure the same kind of idea has had other names in the past. The challenge was to get a solid cascade pattern running, with no actual throws between the hit-launches.


Luke Around The World – 20100126 – Punta Arenas, Chile

Punta Arenas is the first stop on my first new trip of 2010. It’s a city I’ve visited a few times before, so know the place quite well. If you want to see southern Chilean Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, or take a cruise of flight to Antarctica, this will probably be your base. I was here for two days this visit.

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Flying in to Puerto Montt, I saw the Osorno Volcano from the air. This iPhone photo doesn’t do it justice, but it was pretty spectacular.
Flying in to Puerto Montt, I saw the Osorno Volcano from the air. This iPhone photo doesn't do it justice, but it was pretty spectacular.

Punta Arenas is made up of many colorful buildings, which taken as a whole are pretty, though individually quite scruffy.
Punta Arenas is made up of many colorful buildings, which taken as a whole are pretty, though individually quite scruffy.

Another view from the top of the hill above the city center. The people pictured were staying at the nearby hostel.
Another view from the top of the hill above the city center. The people pictured were staying at the nearby hostel.

As I wasn’t paying for my own accommodation, I was put up in the Hotel Cabo de Hornos (Cape Horn) which is one of the largest buildings in the city.
As I wasn't paying for my own accommodation, I was put up in the Hotel Cabo de Hornos (Cape Horn) which is one of the largest buildings in the city.

The new hotel and casino on the sea front.
The new hotel and casino on the sea front.

There’s now easy access to the beach.
There's now easy access to the beach.

The newly refurbished seafront. In a year this will probably be completed and look much nicer. It’s already a huge step up from how it looked two years ago.
The newly refurbished seafront. In a year this will probably be completed and look much nicer. It's already a huge step up from how it looked two years ago.

Birds on one of the old piers.
Birds on one of the old piers.

The Municipal Cemetery.
The Municipal Cemetery.

Walk Upright part 2.
Walk Upright part 2.

My starter at dinner. This beef tasted really, really good.
My starter at dinner. This beef tasted really, really good.

One of the hostels has sign posts pointing to other cities (photo from 2009 trip).
One of the hostels has sign posts pointing to other cities (photo from 2009 trip).

More signs pointing to other cities (photo from 2009 trip).
More signs pointing to other cities (photo from 2009 trip).

Interesting paintwork on a building on the sea front (photo from 2007 trip).
Interesting paintwork on a building on the sea front (photo from 2007 trip).

Next destination: Falkland Islands. Or maybe Montevideo, Uruguay.


Luke Around The World – 20100101 – the intro episode

This is the intro episode of a new podcast project I’m planning to do. The truth is that I’ve already recorded a dozen episodes of the podcast, and could have published them weeks ago, but I’ve only just got round to recording the “first” episode. I guess when I’m at home I’m not in travel-mode, so travel-content gets pushed to the bottom of my to-do list.

It’s an experiment with a new podcast format. I post photos of where I’ve been and what I’ve seen, but talk about it in an mp3 file. The two may or may not refer to each other closely, depending on what there is to talk about compared to what to see. This may or may not work, but at the moment the only plan is to see if it’s a good link between my various hobbies — podcasting, photography, travel, blogging, etc.

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I’ll schedule the next episodes to go live automagically once a day over the next few weeks. And even if you don’t want to listen to the podcast, each post will have loads of nice photos to look at (which is the reason I’ve not been posting many photos to the blog either).

Last year’s travels in 4 minutes: