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January 5, 2011

Wildlife in Maryland

Gustavo Latorre photo in Gaithersburg, Maryland

In Gaithersburg, Maryland, where Danielle’s grandmother lives, we tracked the deer that live in the area. We were told they go to houses during the night to see if anyone left any food for them (which Danielle’s grandmother always does). The number of animals out during the day was amazing—there were all kind of birds, and it was the first time I had seen squirrels.

January 6, 2011

Family Time in Virginia Beach

Gustavo Latorre photo of Eastern Shore in Virginia

The sunset waiting for us in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where Danielle’s parents live, was spectacular. This picture was taken after we drove through the endless Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, laughing at how many times we were diving into the ocean and coming back up again. We took Danielle’s niece and nephew to the Virginia Beach Aquarium, where Danielle's nephew and I didn't want to leave the submarine room.

January 7, 2011

The Ghosts of Savannah

Gustavo Latorre photo in Savannah

It was shocking to go from the cold and snowy north to the strange and beautiful weather in Savannah, Georgia. After I got out of the car, I spent at least 10 minutes laughing and not being able to believe that we were in such a different place. Excited after watching tons of ‟Ghost Hunters” on TV, I knew Savannah is the most haunted city in the U.S., so I started looking for a ghost tour. The city has at least 20 different possibilities. Danielle and I toured Sorrel Weed House, which ‟Ghost Hunters” had been to, adding more excitement to our experience. Overall, I found Savannah to be a city frozen in time, one that knew how to preserve its personality.

January 8, 2011

Lookout Mountain and Chattanooga

Gustavo Latorre photo of Chattanooga architecture

Danielle has friends in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and we met up with them at Lookout Mountain. We had been feeling ready for more outdoor adventures, so this was perfect. After rock climbing, we went to Good Dog, the greatest hot dog place I’ve ever been to. The restaurant has special tables with holes to hold the cones of French fries and an exotic variety of hot dogs (even vegetarian ones). We also checked out the Hunter Museum of American Art, pictured above.

When you go

Favourite souvenir:

Raspberry jam from the farmers’ market in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Travel tip:

Stop in every little town or place that gets your attention. And buy disposable cameras.

Best meal:

Fried pickles, tater tots and cheap cheese pizza. (A $5 (£3) pizza is unheard of in Chile.)

Where I’d like to go next:

Louisiana and New York for the culture, and then the Pacific Northwest for the nature.

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