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Kirsten Alana

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After hours of walking, along the river and through the markets, past military demonstrations (for a Chilean public holiday) and down tree-lined streets...my favorite part of our city tour with @stgoadventures was climbing all the way to the top of Cerro Santa Lucia where Castillo Hidalgo gives you a panoramic view of the city. And what a view it is! Most of the structure is brick and stone, and truly looks like a castle. However, the top most turret is painted red and yellow, which makes for a compelling contrast to the surrounding cityscape. What's so interesting about the park itself is that it is where the city was actually founded. From up there you can see the layers of historic architecture give way to modern high rises and you can clearly see the path of growth. It's also very lush, with flowering plants and trees making it easier to ignore the smog that sometimes obscures the views of the Andes. I highly recommend both the tour and Cerro Santa Lucia itself when you visit Santiago de Chile. Give yourself time too, the park is large with lots of treasures to discover. #OnlyInSouthAmerica πŸ‡¨πŸ‡±
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kirstenalana : @jaswds I'm glad you think so! It really is.
kirstenalana : @jumtoledo Yes indeed!
kirstenalana : @nadiachiele Gracias!
kirstenalana : Si! I ❀️'d it too. @ricardoborgo
dante8 : Great capture babe!
kirstenalana : Thanks babe! 😘 @dante8
mymiwanders : Love your pic and love this park ! I don't know how many days you have left but I highly recommend to go to the Piojera (near the Mercado Central) and to drink a terremoto (earthquake in spanish πŸ˜ƒ ); there is a all story around this place which had been saved from closure by his customers (politics and writers mostly). I went there twice during my stay and it's one of my really fun memories.
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One of the things I’d like to do in 2015, is take a food photography and/or styling class. I love to eat and I love to share great experiences with you. Yet I always struggle to because I rarely love the way my food photos turn out. Nonetheless, I just had to share with you my two favorite meals in Santiago because I don’t want you to miss out on knowing about them. The flavors themselves were incredible & the environment the meals were enjoyed in was just as enjoyable. Shown here is a dish I actually assembled myself, during class at @kitchenclub with Chef @VonPlate. This is an event and private dining space in the neighborhood of Las Condes. If you’re a company, you can host your event there. If you’re Chilean and looking to brush up your cooking skills, or you’re a traveler who just wants an unusual dining experience while in Santiago — I recommend checking out their website [link in their profile] to reserve a spot at the next private class. It’s very fun but even more than that, the dishes are fantastically delicious. This starter on a kind of hard cracker featured the best stewed beef I’ve ever had with flavors that I’m still telling people about days later. Also of note is Rodolfo Guzman’s BORAGó in the neighborhood of Vitacura, not far from Kitchen Club and nearby quite a few other fine dining establishments. Guzman has been influential in carving out a place for fine dining to thrive in Chile. When he first opened in Santiago, he told us, locals did not entirely understand his way of preparing and serving endemic ingredients. He sources what he cooks only in Chile and has found a way to make even the most basic or maybe scary ingredients truly delectable. The 17 courses we enjoyed were like theater and visiting with Guzman afterward was the perfect nightcap. He’s just been at Expo Milano representing Chilean cuisine to an international audience and I wish him and his staff nothing but the most extraordinary success in the culinary world. Both these experiences are #OnlyinChile and #OnlyInSouthAmerica! πŸ‡¨πŸ‡± Oh....and my two favorite food photographers on IG are: @marte_marie_forsberg & @danielkrieger 🍴
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vrt54 : Vino blanco o champanes!!!
kirstenalana : What about them? I like both!! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜œ @vrt54
kirstenalana : Muchos Gracias!! @amolina94
dante8 : Looks like a professional did it. Good job babes.
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realkeetz : Nicely done! A mini-chef in the making...that must taste as great as it looks!
jydo5 : Well done! Looks delicious!
kitchenclub : πŸ™ thanks for coming, disfrutsr and share!it was a pleasure to have you in our house πŸ˜‹
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If you've been following me for a while, you know I usually try and have a really thought out caption for every picture. I like to tell a story, or give some history; or just in some way bring you right into a moment with me. This time, all I want to share is that I saw this vignette during a great tour of various neighborhoods (called 'comuna') of Santiago that we did with @stgoadventures and I just had to stop and take a photo of it because I thought it was indicative of the comuna of Lastarria which is somehow both refined and elegant yet also just the slightest bit unpolished as well. I also loved that the VW reminded me of home because it's the car my mother was driving when I was a kid. #SoloParking shots are always fun to see on Instagram because there's a bit of a community behind them. Lots more fun photos to come too. It turns out there's so much awesomeness to be had #OnlyInSouthAmerica! πŸ‡¨πŸ‡±
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kirstenalana : I'm glad I did too. And so glad you like it! @greennumber7
kirstenalana : Thank you! Merci! @lesoleildequebec
kirstenalana : Oh wow. What sweet memories!! @leslie8989 I'm so glad you have those.
kirstenalana : @simonhs Merci Hervé! 😊
kirstenalana : @hcantuarias Oh wow. How special!!
lesoleildequebec : @kirstenalana Vous parlez français? Langues, photographie, vous avez tous les talents!
kirstenalana : @lesoleildequebec Je parle quelques mots . Je ne suis pas couramment le français . Je souhaite et espère , d'être un jour. But MERCI, your comment and follow is much appreciated!!
swagsovs : :) I am following you! Just not on my main account ;) I can fix that super easily ❀️
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We've left the desert, via a short flight from the new & rather modern Calama airport, to Santiago with @lanairlines, and it's almost strange to be somewhere with so little sand, so much greenery. Yet it's also nice to look out from my balcony at The Aubrey and see a city skyline after so many days with nothing but rocks and dirt. I don't know how it's possible but I believe I'm actually equally a city girl, and a country girl. Country including the desert! It was so special for me to get to know the Atacama and now I look forward to discovering what charms lie hidden in Santiago, the Casablanca Valley, and Valparaiso! We've got a few fine dining experiences on the schedule, some cultural sightseeing and some wine tasting back out in the wine regions of Central Chile. So much still to discover, in terms of what #OnlyInSouthAmerica really means. And I'm really loving the hashtag #onlyinChile as well. //πŸ‘–by @officialnydj πŸ‘’by @poppybarley
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kirstenalana : Oh!!!!! Haha. Yes :) I was thinking, "I'm not going to Wyoming!" That's great. Thank you for letting me know! I'm really looking forward to visiting Montana. @lj_mcclellan
kirstenalana : @parvmahal I will when I have more WiFi! Only mins a day during this trip.
montanamommy : Did I read you're visiting Montana?! Where will you go there?! So dear to my heart and soul!
kirstenalana : I sure am!! In July in fact. And you were first on my mind if I'd been able to bring someone with me.
kirstenalana : Oops. Above for you @montanamommy
montanamommy : We are actually going to be on an Alaskan cruise in July! First time cruise ever...but Montana and Glacier National Park there will always be my first love
kirstenalana : Oh wow. That should he amazing!!! Alaska is now the only state I haven't been to. @montanamommy
emiliagf : Lovely hotel!
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We all agreed when it came time to check out of @altoatacama that we were sad to leave. The hotel is situated in a small valley in the Atacama Desert very close to the town of San Pedro, making it really easy to enjoy the town, and yet it's just far enough away that I was able to feel a much needed peace and serenity in being away from city and urban life for a few days. The architecture of the hotel is very harmonious with the surrounding landscape, almost blending in completely; and yet standing out in just the right ways at just the right times. The food is excellent and a highlight for our group was the Saturday BBQ where everything is roasted over a huge open pit fire. There are also multiple pools, at varying temperatures, and a superb spa that's dark and serene. In fact everything that's indoors at the hotel is designed specifically to give your eyes a much needed break from the glaring desert sun, and your soul the chance to slow down and ponder what really matters. The landscape design is memorable as well, with pomegranate trees, native grasses and trees strategically placed to make it all feel like an oasis. To see more photos from the property, visit the profiles of my trip companions: @livefast_mag @ladyshark @tamyemmapepin @monagable @ktstewart84 #OnlyInSouthAmerica
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kirstenalana : @365sara It's pretty close to perfect, yes!!
dante8 : Nice capture babe! See you soon!
beluck.ie : So beautiful!! Love the light πŸ’›
felipenmarques : @repoca @rodrigovieira é esse hotel que vcs vão?
kirstenalana : Thank you! I loved that too. The architecture all over the property was so ideally made to capture and reflect light. It was probably my favorite thing about the place. @beluck.ie
kirstenalana : Thanks cakes!!! Can't wait to see you. <3 @dante8
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There are more than 35 excursions that you can do as a guest of @altoatacama and the one that requires you to wake up the earliest might be one of the best. While it's still dark, you begin your drive from San Pedro and weave your way on winding roads through the mountains to a higher and higher elevation until the softest morning light begins to make clouds of white steam glow against the rocky backdrop. It's in fact the result of geysers, the highest elevation geysers in the world. Tatio Geysers, or Geiser del Tatio is a pair of sites in which you can walk amongst the holes in the ground where boiling hot water bubbles to the surface, creating an entirely otherworldly-looking environment that's the perfect place to finish watching the sun rise over the Andes. If you're brave, because it's very cold at this time of year, you can even go for a swim in one of the hot springs in the middle of the first geyser field. When you're done exploring, the hotel has an incredible breakfast spread waiting for you with mugs of coffee and fresh strawberry juice. You might even see a wild fox! #OnlyInSouthAmerica
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wfa31 : Whoa!! Amazing, I guess this must be a thing to remember? @kirstenalana Is it hard to breath down there?
kirstenalana : @vonplate Looking forward to sharing them!! In the airport now to fly home and can't wait to share when I get back.
kirstenalana : @edulima_rio Thank you!
kirstenalana : @wfa31 It really was a thing to remember. For sure. I got headaches from the altitude. But I wouldn't say it was hard to breathe, unless you were running or something.
wfa31 : I see! @kirstenalana How high was it?
kirstenalana : 4,320 meters above sea level @wfa31
wfa31 : @kirstenalana It could be difficult for me 😷 But I'll try it anyway 😀
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It's funny how some physically beautiful places don't photograph as well as others. Moments are similar. Sometimes the most beautiful experiences; whether shared or solo, will always be better merely in one's memory vs what they might be like in even expertly produced photos or video. When that happens, I often think of Sean O'Connell's speech in 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,' when after seeing the elusive Snow Leopard, he says to Walter that sometimes he doesn't take a photo, he just stays in the moment without the distraction of the camera. I'm often torn between these two possibilities, to capture or not to. In this moment that was more true than it has been in a long time. We'd biked 20 kilometers from @altoatacama across the Salar de Atacama and arrived at Laguna Tebenquinche where the sun was beginning to set behind us, coloring the Andes, the lake and the salt-covered landscape. The colors were changing so rapidly that even between clicks of my camera's shutter there was a difference in the scene. After I created this image with my iPhone, I did stop. I just enjoyed the last light, with my colleagues, a glass of wine in hand, and the feeling of profound gratefulness in my heart. #OnlyInSouthAmerica
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kirstenalana : @nebulosavisual It's my pleasure to do so. You have a very beautiful country.
kirstenalana : @itsashleycastle I'm so glad you could have that kind of moment with your dad!!
novisbie : Great shot!
kirstenalana : Thank you! @novisbie
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wfa31 : I'm starving to be at your place now 😍😍 @kirstenalana Wow Chile is by far a place to not miss!! I've got to added to my bucket list ✈️
kirstenalana : @wfa31 I'm so glad you have added it to your bucket list!!
wfa31 : Glad to hear that! @kirstenalana Btw is it costly? I mean is it expensive to get there?! I never been in south America at all 😝
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The town of San Pedro, and @altoatacama where we're staying, are ideally located to explore Northern Chile's varying terrain. They feel to me as if they're in the center of everything. One of my favorite things we've done is bike across Salar de Atacama. It was a chance to see things not from behind a van window, a way to connect to the landscape in a more physical way. I highly recommend it if you're visiting the area, especially if you're in great shape. This is one of the places we stopped for a quick rest during the 20 KM ride, and it's where I had a kind of "wow moment;" the landscape around us seemed to stretch forever and I felt so small yet so grateful to be here. After this, the ground became 100% white with salt that had come to the surface of the ground. It's what gives the area its name in fact. It's the third largest salt flat in the world after Bolivia and Utah in the United States. It is #OnlyInSouthAmerica and #onlyinChile!
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kirstenalana : @haigstagram Thank you, Haig!
kirstenalana : @henchling I'm so glad you noticed the bike!! Thank you for the comment and I'm glad you know someone else who has done the trip.
andressalgado17 : @kirstenalana thanks! The north its a magic. But don't forget the south and the beauty of the larges lakes, beaches and mountains (the Andes) in only 2 hours on auto (from the beaches to the mountains). I'll wait for your comming! Its always nice to meet you ;) ps: i'm from Osorno in the "lakes region" πŸ˜„
kirstenalana : @andressalgado17 I keep hearing about the Lakes Region! Definitely where I need to visit next time!!! Thank you for the tip.
silvitje : ❀️
100ways.co : Wonderful. The south is indeed amazing at the moment.
kirstenalana : #LPBikeMonth #LiveLifeProof @LifeProof
noellenotnoel : Can't get over this fantastic landscape.
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I couldn't come to this country, being interested in astronomy, without visiting The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (or, ALMA). Stargazing alone, though amazing, just wouldn't have been enough! ALMA is an international partnership of the NRAO (North America), the ESO (Europe) and the NAOJ (Japan) in cooperation with the Republic of Chile. Public tours are fairly new, as is ALMA itself. Really it's only 2 years old as far as operationally, though construction began before 2009. ALMA is the largest and most expensive land-based astronomical project on earth, after the Hubble Telescope, which is in space - it is a single telescope made up of 66 high precision antennas. They are located up on the Chajnantor plateau, at 5000 meters above sea level in the Atacama Desert. Here in the photo I'm walking amongst 4 of the antennas that were being tested and repaired during our visit to the part of the facility that's farther down the mountain. (I did a live tour on Periscope in case you want to go see the recording.) The entire facility had a construction cost of more than 1.6 Billion dollars but what ALMA is able to see and discover is unparalleled in the field of astronomy and science and it uses the highest altitude supercomputer in the world in order to process all the data the antennas gather. I'll be doing a blog post about it with more information soon but the last tidbit I want to leave you with is that ALMA means soul in Spanish, and I thought that was so perfectly fitting. #OnlyInSouthAmerica
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kirstenalana : @ohertel Thank you!
kirstenalana : @kentdeandy Just barely!!!! ;)
kirstenalana : @seegstravels I'm so glad you think so!! Thanks!!
wfa31 : Being a science addict I must say that I love your quick tour to the ALMA 😍 I mean in Periscope )) @kirstenalana Wasn't know you're interested about science 😜
kirstenalana : @wfa31 I am indeed interested in science!! I'm glad I could surprise you. And glad you liked the Periscope.
wfa31 : That's cool! Yeah I was dazzled 😁 @kirstenalana Are you allowed to go further? Rather than a quick look?!
kirstenalana : You are able to do more than I showed on Periscope but there wasn't WiFi everywhere, so I could only show so much before running out of a signal. @wfa31
wfa31 : Glad to hear that πŸ˜ƒ @kirstenalana I'll be glad to watch stars and galaxies zillion miles away!! I love watching Meteor Shower every time I had the chance to 😁 Whoa! I'm excited.
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Does astronomy interest you? 🌠 One of the reasons I wanted to visit Northern Chile, is that I learned it's one of the best places in the world for stargazing. I've not had to go far to capture what I hoped for as @AltoAtacama, where we're staying, has its own observatory high up on a hill complete with a telescope, beds to lay on and a very flat paved area perfect for photographers and their tripods. It's far removed from the lights of the hotel and it affords, on a clear night like tonight, incredible views of the Milky Way. I captured this photo with my NX1 and looking at it now I can't quite see it, but I was pointed directly towards what the Atacameños believed was a Llama in the sky. Though it's not an officially recognized constellation, our guide did point it out and it was fun to see. We also saw the Southern Cross, several planets and 3 shooting stars. I don't even know how long it has been since the last time I saw stars like this but it was certainly longer than I can remember. If this happens #OnlyInSouthAmerica, I already know I'm going to want to come back! 🌟
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kirstenalana : It was something else. I really think less than a 1/2 dozen times in my life have I ever seen them so bright. @livesharetravel
kirstenalana : Thank you @kmr386!
iharthawaii : Absolutely breathtaking. Makes me want to go to Big Island and snap some starscapes.
kirstenalana : @iharthawaii Yay!! I'm so glad I could inspire you.
emimei : Wow! Definitely breathtaking...compliments and lucky you!
kirstenalana : Thank you! @emimei
emimei : You're very welcome @kirstenalana I wish I could take such a divine picture! 😊
noellenotnoel : Amazing. I would love to see that. Always loved start gazing at the cabin my family had in northern Wisconsin, just standing on the dock.
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