Category: Travel Writing

Tubas and Neon Bibles

Tubas and Neon Bibles

2004 By Benjamin Dangl Aquatic Passport Santiago, Chile Naked bodies and the bad teeth of politicians are on the covers of magazines on kiosks across Santiago, flapping in the wind like the dried scales on a land locked tropical fish. The dogs are pregnant; the flamingos are plastic and even the Coca-Cola tastes different. Out…

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Late Night Choke Hold Muggings

Late Night Choke Hold Muggings

by Benjamin Dangl 4/07/05 When I was traveling in Peru a few years ago, I read a section of a guide book which warned of “Late Night Choke Hold Muggings” in a certain section of Cuzco. It was hard not to laugh at such a phrase, yet there was no doubt a reason why it…

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816 Ice Cream Flavors, a Revolution and a Fortune-Telling Bird

816 Ice Cream Flavors, a Revolution and a Fortune-Telling Bird

by Benjamin Dangl 4/6/05 Caracas, the capital of Venezuela, is situated in a valley surrounded by shack-covered mountains. Labyrinths of orange brick huts cling to the steep mountainsides. Some are huddled together in crowded patches, others are part of a sprawling network of tin roofs, antennas and tangled electric lines. Whole communities are regularly swept…

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The Bus That Never Arrived

The Bus That Never Arrived

by Benjamin Dangl 2/14/05 The winds changed in Buenos Aires and I decided to set sail for Mendoza, a smaller city in western Argentina, near the border with Chile. A few hours into the ride, the bus’s isle became a mini river full of old sandwiches, spilled coffee and soda. I had to place my…

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