Patagonia/Lakes Region Travelogue Part 1

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Thursday, December 8, 9:15 p.m. Bariloche, Argentina. By Brian I’m writing this before I go to bed to memorialize the first two days of our whirlwind tour of the Chile and Argentina Lakes Regions. My buddy and I had long wanted to travel here, but the size of the countries and distance from home made […]

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  December 9, 2016   1 comment

Buenaventura, Panama, Trip Report

Friends:   Panama over the years has gotten press—both good and (recently) bad—as a flag-planting destination.  I took a quick and easy week vacation with my wife, and wanted to pass along what information I found.  For all of its other possibilities, Panama stands as a good destination to plant a “playground” flag. More than […]

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  July 23, 2017   No comments

Nicaraguan Citizenship by Investment

Friends:   I’ve been researching whether Nicaraguan Citizenship by Investment is a real thing.  The folks I’ve talked to in Nicaragua don’t seem to know about it, and there’s no telling whether it’s a black market, gray market, or completely legitimate passport option. I’ve found nothing definitive yet, because the stories and reports all seem to […]

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  June 19, 2017   No comments


Friends: In an effort to raise interest in our forum and website, I’m going to make an attempt to regularly send out emails with thoughts, ideas, and other items of interest. One thing I’ve discussed with a few of the old SMC friends I’ve made is the idea of doing some pretty low-key meetups and […]

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  June 11, 2017   2 comments

Patagonia/Lakes Region Travelogue Part 2

HUIFE, CHILE, December 10, 2016, 5:00 p.m.: I’m sitting at a table in my room, looking out the large picture window at the rain as it falls into the river that’s about 25 yards away.  I expect it will help lull me to sleep tonight. Bariloche is a touristy city, and we stayed downtown only […]

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  January 2, 2017   No comments

Welcome Back

We had to go offline a couple of months ago due to general bugginess arising from the old software system I’d previously used for this site. I’ve had some coders retool the site using WordPress. Unfortunately, we’ve got some bugs to work out, such as posts out of chronological order, and we’re having to try […]

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  November 25, 2016   No comments

Uruguay Travelogue, Day 3

Saturday, December 4, 2010: 7:30 p.m., La Paloma. A long but enjoyable day. We ate a nice buffet breakfast early in the morning, quite surprised to see so many people up considering how late they were out the night before. The rooms didn’t have air conditioning and, at this early time of the summer, though […]

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  December 6, 2010   No comments

Uruguay Travelogue, Day 2

December 3, 2010, 10:15 p.m., Hotel Argentino, Piriapolis. I’m turned in for the night, though most of the guests seem to be going out to eat, which I suppose I should explain. Uruguayans have inherited the Spanish pattern of eating: late, sprawling lunches, tea time when I’d be eating supper, and supper when I’d be […]

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  December 4, 2010   No comments