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I am a recent liberal arts graduate who travels as a compulsion. I have lived in several regions of the US as well as briefly abroad in England and Spain, and these changes in location have only made me more determined to travel to and write about the climes and currents of the world that remain foreign to me, and what I write tends to reflect my views on the importance of mindful travel as opposed to tourism. As my father is Cuban-born, Latin America is particularly high on my list of regions to explore and understand.

  • Hometown

    Lake Mary, FL, USA

  • Location now

    Portland, OR, USA

  • Travel philosophy

    Unlike tourism, which is easy but ultimately unrewarding, travel requires forethought, mindfulness, and often discomfort, but its rewards can be endless.

  • Bizarre experience

    My most bizarre cultural experience would have to be a conversation I had with the woman in Madrid, Spain from whom I rented a room. We were sitting over dinner, watching Spain's wildly popular "Quien Quiere Ser Millionario," when a trivia question on the show triggered my landlady to start talking about life under Franco's regime. With the show still playing in the background, she started recounting memories she told me she'd not thought about for decades as she fought back tears of anger and frustration. It was a completely unexpected moment of intimacy that transcended barriers of age, of culture, and of language.

  • Dream destination

    My dream destination is to travel to Cuba to visit members of my family I've never met, and also to dance the Cuban Son.

  • Traveled before

    I have traveled extensively around the United Kingdom and Ireland, as well as throughout Western and Central Europe--most prominently, Spain, the Czech Republic, Italy, France, and Switzerland.

     

    Most recently, I made the cross-country drive from Florida to Oregon.

Lauren Yero's Guide Book Entries

Info

  • Safety: Los Vilos

    Nov 12, 2008 - Los Vilos, Chile

    Los Vilos is a sleepy beachside town with little to worry about in the way of safety. During the winter, ......

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  • Safety: Vicuña

    Nov 12, 2008 - Vicuña, Chile

    The small town of Vicuña is generally a safe place. Activity in and around the town square continues till late ......

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  • Getting to and away

    Nov 12, 2008 - Chile

    On Ruta 5 North at kilometer 389, take the second road toward Fray Jorge. From here, it's 25 kilometers to ......

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Destinations

  • The Elqui Valley Region

    Apr 30, 2009 - Chile

    This small strip of land, which at times is no more than 200 meters wide, has a little bit of ......

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  • Guanaqueros

    Nov 02, 2008 - Guanaqueros, Chile

    About 15km north of Tongoy, Guanaqueros is the smaller of the sister beach towns with a few restaurants and hotels ......

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  • Quintay

    Nov 02, 2008 - Quintay, Chile

    Quintay is a tiny, mostly residential beach town hidden among wooded seaside hills and relatively untouched beaches about 40 minutes ......

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Hotels

  • Puerto Natura

    Oct 28, 2008 - Valparaíso , Chile

    The Puerto Natura hotel and spa is for travelers who like luxury without the pomp and circumstance. A night’s stay ......

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  • Hotel Manoir Atkinson

    Oct 28, 2008 - Valparaíso , Chile

    The Manoir Atkinson is a small hotel with seven carefully decorated rooms (one is an upstairs suite) in a newly ......

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  • Hotel Halley

    Sep 30, 2008 - Vicuña, Chile

    A tasteful hotel in a restored colonial home, Hotel Halley is luxurious without being showy. Rooms open onto a sunlit ......

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Restaurants

  • Club Donde Mismo

    Nov 09, 2008 - Bellavista, Santiago, Chile

    Pop into Club Donde Mismo for cheap Chilean/Peruvian food and a full bar. The place is unpretentious and clean, the ......

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  • Eladio

    Nov 09, 2008 - Santiago, Chile

    If you’re looking for a classy but affordable way to spend your evening, Eladio is an excellent choice. Located centrally ......

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  • Cafe Molinos

    Nov 09, 2008 - Bellavista, Santiago, Chile

    Café Molinos, a quiet spot to have lunch, is just off the main Bellavista drag on Calle Arzobispo. The café ......

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Activities

  • Maestra Vida

    Nov 12, 2008 - Bellavista, Santiago, Chile

    alseros looking to get their salsa fix while in Santiago should try out Maestra Vida, located on the busy Pio ......

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  • Cerro San Cristobal Funicular

    Nov 09, 2008 - Santiago, Chile

    On a clear day, the view from the top of Cerro San Cristóbal is spectacular, providing the best view in ......

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  • Isla Negra

    Nov 02, 2008 - Valparaíso , Chile

    Tour guides at Pablo Neruda’s Isla Negra home will claim that, of his many houses, this home was the place ......

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Tours

  • Discover Valparaíso

    Nov 01, 2008 - Valparaíso , Chile

    If you’re looking for something a bit different from your run-of-the-mill tour, check out Discover Valparaíso. This one-man tour operator, ......

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  • La Fundación Valparaíso

    Nov 01, 2008 - Valparaíso , Chile

    The still young Fundación Valparaíso, established in 1998 by a North American poet smitten with the city, is a non-profit ......

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  • Tourism and Culture Information Center

    Nov 01, 2008 - Valparaíso , Chile

    Next door to Pablo Neruda’s home, La Sebastiana, on top of Cerro Bellavista is the Centro de Información Touristica y ......

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Services

  • General Services: Vicuña

    Sep 28, 2008 - Vicuña, Chile

    Almost all of the services in Vicuña are near the Plaza de Armas in the center of town. The tourism ......

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  • Shopping

    Sep 21, 2008 - Valparaíso , Chile

    Though shopping isn’t the primary reason to come to Valparaíso, there are some worthwhile outdoor markets and small artisan shops ......

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  • General Services in Valparaíso

    Sep 21, 2008 - Valparaíso , Chile

    Most services, including banks, money exchange offices, travel agencies, postal services, Internet and telephone cafes, and pharmacies, can be found ......

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