When I quit my job in New York to go backpacking in South America, I agonized over what to pack. I couldn’t, for instance, not bring my Ferragamo flats, even if it meant ruining their soles on dirt paths and crumbling cobblestones. I certainly couldn’t leave behind my beloved red lipstick—I wanted it for nights out…
Three months after packing up my life and moving to the Peruvian city of Cusco, my childhood friend Pete came to visit. We were in the mood for a serious jungle adventure and had loaded up on typhoid vaccinations and malaria pills. We were ready for the Amazon.
Hello good day and salutations friends. Did you know that in Colombia, FARC rebels regularly force female fighters to have abortions? (Holiday party tip: don't start conversations this way unless you want to bum everyone out.)
Brazilian reality TV contestant-turned entertainment reporter Sabrina Sato is, I guess, a pretty big fan of Justin Timberlake. Either that or giving people plastic models of her own ass presented in gift boxes.
Brasilia, Brasil, July 29: Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez, right, and Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff speak during a welcoming ceremony at the Planalto Palace. Fernandez is on a one-day visit to Brazil. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
[La Paz, Bolivia, Janary 22: Female minders celebrate the fifth anniversary of Bolivia's Evo Morales' government and the first anniversary of his second term in office. Image via AP.]
Asuncion, Paraguay, January 1: A dancer, wearing a traditional dress, waits to perform during Paraguay's bicentennial celebrations. Paraguay will celebrate the 200th anniversary of its independence from Spain on May 14.
[Brasilia, Brazil, January 1: Brazil's first-ever female president, Dilma Rousseff, receives the presidential sash from outgoing President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva at the Planalto Palace. Image via AP.]
Even during the recession, Argentina, the only South American country where it's legal for gays to marry, is experiencing a bit of a boom. Dear American Government: Legalize gay marriage. Many fabulous careers depend on it!