I was always going to give some awards at the end of my trip, but so they stay relevant I am going to do some as I go along. So I’m going to split my trip into thirds. Firstly the Americas, then Oceania and Japan, and finally mainland Eurasia. Then finally I’ll sum up the whole thing.
Iguazu, Argentina and Brazil, although Machu Picchu was pretty special out didn’t quite take my breath away in the same way.
Machu Picchu, well that much is obvious. It is an epic site.
The Holocaust Museum, Washington DC, it tried so hard to just give the facts. I learnt a lot about the recent history of the Jews and that reflects heavily on the middle east today. Well worth a visit.
Best tour company
Layana, San Pedro as they gave detailed explanations in English of the sites we were seeing. They also weren’t too pricy.
I have to admit in general I haven’t been too impressed and was going to give it to the Sinh Cafe from my last trip to Vietnam.
New York for it’s incredible range of stuff to do in the day. having half decent nightlife as well and also having excellent transportation.
Santiago, a hidden gem that I didn’t expect to be great. But aside from all it’s attractions seemingly shutting on Sunday and Monday every week it is actually a pretty nice place. Though its worth noting that even in Providencia it does have a sinister feel sometimes, especially after dark (though nothing personally happened to me or anyone I know in Santiago).
Best non-family accommodation
I’m not ranking my family/free accommodation as you all looked after me well so I’m picking the best accommodation I paid for.
Sunny Days, Arica Chile provided all you can eat breakfasts, excellent rooms and good advice on the city as well as a kitchen and lounge area with good cable TV.
Best food for under US$25 (excluding service)
Just in case I get taken to the local equivalent if La Manior I’ve stuck a price limit on this but the winner is Steak in Buenos Aires at a small restaurant at Defensa and Independencia which was above and beyond anything I’d had before.
Pacha Papa, Cusco for it’s excellent food and exquisite service.
Chicago, Buenos Aires is close but frankly it’s too late for me to start clubbing at 2am.
El Soberio. After falling ill I was looked after really well by the people of El Soberio. And I improved my terrible Spanish a bit too.
Best transportation company
Via Barriloche, Argentina for providing good food, drink and comfortable seats for only a little more than the competition.
Most useful material possession
iPod Touch for letting me write these blog posts when on buses and public transport and having lots of other useful information on it.
Plastic playing cards in Cusco for US$0.67 that are fully plastic so should last well.
Postada la bonita for accommodation worth a generous US$10/night costing US$100/night.
The Patrick Levy award for cinematography
When I went to South East Asia my friend Patrick (who doesn’t need much sleep) would watch films before going to sleep in the evening. Therefore I am dedicating this award to him. However even though films you watch while travelling are usually bad I’m giving this award to the genuinely most entertaining film.
And the winner is SHOOTER which was an excellent and clever movie about a presidential assasination. I really want to see the end of it as we arrived in Tacna so I missed it.
Don’t mess with the Zohan I quite enjoyed this movie about the Israeli superspy Zohan but my friends I was with thought it wasn’t that great.