My name is Brianna, and I have been in love with photography for as long as I can remember. I am almost never without a camera, eliciting some strange looks toward my shooting garbage (never question a photographer's inspiration!), trepidation from my loving husband when I put myself in some precarious positions to get *just* the right shot, and annoyance from our two cats - frequent subjects of my artistic antics. I welcome you to enjoy my passion with me.
What are some of the most memorable landmarks you’ve visited in your travels?
No Lisbon catalog is complete without some photos of the iconic Belem Tower. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, it serves as the unofficial gatekeeper of Lisbon. It was built to fortify the harbor, but it was left incomplete for many years when the original king who ordered it died.
Where did you visit where you first had a language barrier?
After a long haul in the UK and Ireland, we had grown somewhat comfortable. Sure, we encountered some thick accents, and some terminology differed, but locals there still spoke the same language. It barely felt like we were still traveling.
But with a single flight, that all changed, and we were suddenly thrust into once again not knowing what others were saying. It pushed us out of our comfort zone, and we were truly traveling again. Welcome to Lisbon.
What is the best place you’ve visited on someone else’s recommendation?
We’ve finished with South America, so we’re circling back to what we skipped before: the rest of Europe!
We had heard a lot about Portugal before our first visit, but most of the stories hailed from either Porto or Lisbon. So when our Lisbon Servas hosts recommended a small beach town – Santa Cruz – we were excited to check it out.
We found a reasonably dry day while staying in Ushuaia to check out the resident glacier: Martial Glacier. While we could have hiked directly from town, we didn’t see the need to add the extra miles, especially since they were all uphill. Instead, we took the relatively cheap taxi to the official trailhead.
We entered a hiker’s paradise when we reached El Chalten. Trails abound – right from the edge of town! The town is right on the brink of Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, and the best part: there’s no admission fee here!
We were excited to explore, and we knew we had lots of options. However, we were really there for the prime jewel: Fitz Roy. Knowing this would be a major undertaking, we elected a much gentler hike for our first day – something with which to warm up our legs for what was to come.