The World's Largest Swimming Pool, Algarrobo

The world’s largest swimming pool is at the San Alfonso del Mar resort in Algarrobo, Chile. I personally think the beaches around the resort are much more impressive.

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Turkeys at Mt. Auburn Cemetery

This year, I waited to visit to Mount Auburn Cemetery until the fall foliage was at its brightest. As I was enjoying a morning stroll, two large birds emerged out of the leaves…

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Atacama

The Atacama Desert is known, among other things, for having lithium-yielding salt flats, consistently clear skies for astronomers, and the world’s driest climate. What was supposed to be a quick stopover on my way from Santiago, Chile to Salta, Argentina ended up being an extended stay due to the area’s heaviest snowfall in twenty years. The town of San Pedro is not a bad place to be stranded – I enjoyed the expansive views of badlands (including the Valley of Death, where JPL tested Mars rover prototypes), sandboarding, and flamingo tours. As the forecast for the opening of the pass over the Andes kept worsening, I decided to admit defeat and take the 23-hour bus ride back south to Santiago.

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The Cape of Good Hope

Along with a friend from Swarthmore who was taking a vacation from her Peace Corps work in Rwanda, I rented a car in Cape Town for a drive to the Cape of Good Hope. When I wasn’t focused on staying on the left side of the road and shifting gears with my left hand, I got to enjoy some excellent views. The penguins near Simon’s Town were a fun addition, and a sunset drive on Chapman’s Peak Drive was stunning.

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Baboons

On the afternoon I was there, baboons commandeered one of the trails at Victoria Falls.

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Shipstern Nature Reserve

Shipstern Nature Reserve was an easy trip from my lodging in Sarteneja. I made it there by 8:00, but this was too long after sunrise to see any of the toucans I had hoped to see. Most of the trails were closed because of mud, but the butterfly house and 60 ft. observation tower made the trip well worth the walk.

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