Facebook Page

As more and more of my photos are ending up on Facebook anyways, it makes sense for them to have a proper home.  Please check here for photos and updates in the near term:

https://www.facebook.com/PeterDrierPhoto

New Site coming..

You may have noticed this site has fallen a bit out of date. Traveling the world for nearly 2 years kind of threw a kink in my regular schedule… And for the most part, the photos I’ve taken have all gone the Facebook route per my various employers.

But fret not, a new logo is in the works, a new host is in the plans, and pretty much every rainy day in the foreseeable future is dedicated to getting things in order.

And feel free to check out the new photo gallery here

Electric Zoo 2011

3 wonderful days later, I’ve taken many photos and video of you all. Thank you.

I have some serious editing to do. In the mean time, please check out photos and video from former years..

2010

2009

Saturday Photos

Sunday Photos

 

 

Traveling…

If you couldn’t tell, this site has fallen a bit out of date. I haven’t had a reliable internet connection for most of the past 4 month.

If you’re looking for photos, check the link in the upper right, or on facebook.

If you want to get a hold of me, check the contact page for my e-mail info. I’m up to 7 different phone numbers now, and none of them are working in Japan, so skip that. Skype (fotoaddict) is also an option.

Cheers,
Peter

Road Fever

Just finished reading “Road Fever” while on my flight to Punta Arenas, basically the bottom of the living world. Interesting book which I picked up, ok borrowed/stole, from the book swap in Santiago. I’ll bring it back, so it really is borrow. Anyways, set in 1987, it’s about a pair of guys who decided to drive an upcoming GMC truck from the southernmost city in south america to the northernmost city in north america for a guiness speed record. 23 years later I can attest do many of the toils they had still existing. Sure we have cell phones now, so communication is easier. But much of the random crime back then still exists in many of the same regions today.

Céline is reading it now, her English besting all of my other languages combined. It’s nice having a travel partner for a few days, especially one who’s willing to travel to the end of the earth with you.

Tips for today:
- CL – Puerto Montt – has a very nice and brand new airport.
- CL – Puerto Montt- the bus from the bus station to the airport is about $3 and is timed to meet the flights. Our bus arrived at 9:45pm which was the recommended time for our 10:45pm flight.
- CL – Castro, the capital of Chilóe, isn’t very much fun when it rains all day
- CL – Castro – hospidaje mirradores (spelled wrong) was incredibly homely. Felt like I was staying at my grandmothers house, had she added 6 bedrooms full of French, German, and brittish to the family.
- don’t sit in the front row of a bus unless it has 2 floors.

Next stop penguin country.

Travel tips

PE – cusco is in a valley, get a window seat when flying In or out and have your camera handy
SLR – If your main camera is an SLR, consider not bringing it.  There are places in the world where it's value will exceed the annual income of the locals. If you do bring it, aim for a lens that covers most needs without having to change. Canon has an 18-200 that works well for most situations.  Also consider bringing a small point and shoot for the situations it's not safe to make the slr visible.

NZ – pahia, the pippi patch hostel is pretty crappy. Only stay there if there's a group of you and you can fill a room. Otherwise there's a hostel across the street with free bikes and canoes.  Can't remember the name but it was in the lonely planet.

iPhone – iPhone is a great travel device. If possible get one that's unlocked ( or get yours unlocked before you leave ). The maps feature alone could save your life, but be warned: without cell access the gps does not work. It needs to talk to the towers to figure out which gps satelites to look for.

USA – iPhone, if your trip is short, consider adding the international data package to your AT&T phone plan. It's $25 a month for 20 megabytes which is enough to chekc your mail on occasion (make sure it's not set to auto check mail!) and to load up the local map in a pinch.

iPhone – when wifi is available, cache the maps to the street level for wherever you are. Free Maps Often suck, and the google ones don't.

PE – maccu picchu, if you're physically fit, you're going to want to go to wannu pichu, the mountain overlooking maccu picchu. They limit the # of people that can go up there to 400 a day in 2 batches of 200.  The first one is at 6am, and is the one you want to be in.  2 choices. Either walk up the inca trail to arrive there about 5:30 ( leave at 430 I'm told) or be in line for the bus at 4am. (buses start leaving at 530). We got to the bus line at 430 and just missed he cutoff by about 20 people.  Once in with your wannu picchu stamp, run over (carefully, slippery when wet) to that gate and get your time slot for going up.  The earlier the better as the sun makes things hot pretty quickly.  You'll likely be done with all of machu picchu by lunch time, which is a good thing.  Other things to check out:  the inca bridge.  About 30 min roundtrip depending on how many photos you take.  The signin form is so they know if you made it back ok, they really do lose people, so be careful. The bridge itself is a holy shit kind of thing though, and you can bet that whoever thought to build it in the first place either had lots of minions he didn't care about, or was on a significant dosage of Incan acid.  Mount machu picchu is also an option for the serious hikers. Likely best in the morning as the sun will be behind you when taking pictures, it seems to be about 3 hours for the capable climber.  Also. Bug spray!  Once you're sweaty from all the hiking around the bugs will find you so be prepared.

PE – stay in the barranco backpackers if you can. They'll set up a taxi from the airport for you $16 and chris who runs the place has lots of good info. It's a great first and last stop in Peru for backpackers, but does often get full on Saturday nights (at least in jan) so keep that in mind. Also, don't go to the beach at night, not safe.

PE – learn Spanish. I got a western europe phrasebook covering all the languages for the countries I'm going to visit. It was a great refresher for my ugly Spanish, but it gets me the respect for trying. I also save $ as many things are more expensive in English. A taxi ride in Lima has been 20 soles in English while 8 in Spanish.  "cuanto por barranco central" works muh better than "how much to go to, uum, backpackers in barrrranco".  Plus it's a conversation topic when in situations where they don't speak english.  "que es" and then point. They will likely tell you, you'll learn something, and that akward silence is avoided.

PE- taxis. Don't take them unless they have their license plate number painted on the side of the taxi and a taxi sign on top. (or you arranged for it through a trusted means). It's not safe to take a gipsey cab, as there's a decent chance they'll take you to a very bad part of town and up the rate 10-20x what it started as or leave you in gang land.

PE – cusco, I don't remember exactly where, but walking distance from the main square was a market for locals.  We walked through a covered market to get to this set of streets where hill folks were selling their warez on the street.  Nobody spoke English, and I was the only white person in sight but it didn't feel unsafe (I wasn't alone!). And wow, the stuff for sale was amazing at astonishing prices. They likely charged us higher prices for being white with poor Spanish, but even double on 15 cents is only 30 cents if you get my drift. There were also massive bags of coca leaves for sale, which we found quite humorous.

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Carnival in Rio!

Add some more flights, plus a hotel share in Rio.. and I’m headed to Carnival!

Your Itinerary:

Lan Airlines operated by SUBSIDIARY/FRANCHISE
Flight LA750
Depart Santiago Arturo Merino Benitez, CL (SCL)
10-Feb-10 (Wed) 08:00a
Arrive Rio de Janeiro International Apt, BR (GIG)
10-Feb-10 (Wed) 02:35p
Flight Time 05hr 35min | Economy
Aircraft Boeing 767-300/300ER
Stops 1
Flight LA750 has the following stops:
Arrive 10Feb 1250P Sao Paulo Guarulhos Intl Apt, BR (GRU)
Depart 10Feb 0130P

Tam Linhas Aereas
Flight JJ8094
Depart Rio de Janeiro International Apt, BR (GIG)
17-Feb-10 (Wed) 08:20a
Arrive Sao Paulo Guarulhos Intl Apt, BR (GRU)
17-Feb-10 (Wed) 09:30a
Flight Time 01hr 10min | Economy
Aircraft Airbus 320-100/200
Stops nonstop

Lan Airlines operated by SUBSIDIARY/FRANCHISE
Flight LA6464
Depart Sao Paulo Guarulhos Intl Apt, BR (GRU)
17-Feb-10 (Wed) 02:20p
Arrive Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini, AR (EZE)
17-Feb-10 (Wed) 04:10p
Flight Time 01hr 50min | Economy
Aircraft Airbus A330-200/300
Stops nonstop

Lan Airlines
Flight LA422
Depart Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini, AR (EZE)
21-Feb-10 (Sun) 10:25a
Arrive Santiago Arturo Merino Benitez, CL (SCL)
21-Feb-10 (Sun) 12:40p
Flight Time 03hr 15min | Economy
Aircraft Boeing 767-300/300ER
Stops nonstop

My Itineary…

Carrier Flight Number Departing Arriving Booking
Code
City Date & Time City Time
carrier
American Airlines
7711 NEW YORK JFK TUE 29DEC
10:40 PM
LIMA 6:35 AM L
OPERATED BY LAN AIRLINES S.A
CHECK-IN WITH OPERATING CARRIER
Peter Drier Economy
carrier
LAN Airlines
2564 LIMA THU 14JAN
12:45 PM
CARACAS 4:55 PM L
OPERATED BY /LANPERU
CHECK-IN WITH OPERATING CARRIER
Peter Drier Economy
carrier
LAN Airlines
561 CARACAS MON 01FEB
11:40 AM
SANTIAGO SCL 7:50 PM L
Peter Drier Economy
carrier
LAN Airlines
845 SANTIAGO SCL MON 22FEB
2:45 PM
EASTER ISLAND 6:10 PM L
Peter Drier Economy
carrier
LAN Airlines
833 EASTER ISLAND WED 24FEB
10:30 PM
PAPEETE 11:20 PM L
Peter Drier Economy
carrier
Qantas Airways
114 AUCKLAND SUN 14MAR
12:25 PM
SYDNEY 1:45 PM L
OPERATED BY /JETCONNECT FOR QANTAS
CHECK-IN WITH OPERATING CARRIER
Peter Drier Economy
carrier
Qantas Airways
577 SYDNEY SUN 28MAR
12:00 N
PERTH 1:55 PM L
Peter Drier Economy
carrier
Cathay Pacific
170 PERTH MON 05APR
12:05 AM
HONG KONG 7:55 AM L
Peter Drier Economy
carrier
Cathay Pacific
500 HONG KONG SUN 11APR
3:00 PM
TOKYO NARITA 8:20 PM L
Peter Drier Economy
carrier
Japan Airlines
707 TOKYO NARITA TUE 20APR
6:00 PM
BANGKOK SUVARNABH 10:35 PM L
OPERATED BY JL FOR JO
CHECK-IN WITH OPERATING CARRIER
Peter Drier Economy
carrier
Cathay Pacific
712 BANGKOK SUVARNABH TUE 27APR
4:05 PM
HONG KONG 7:55 PM L
Peter Drier Economy
carrier
Cathay Pacific
749 HONG KONG TUE 27APR
11:45 PM
JOHANNESBURG 6:55 AM L
Peter Drier Economy
carrier
British Airways
54 JOHANNESBURG TUE 11MAY
9:15 PM
LONDON HEATHROW 7:20 AM L
Peter Drier Economy
carrier
British Airways
548 LONDON HEATHROW SUN 16MAY
9:10 AM
ROME FIUMICINO 12:40 PM L
Peter Drier Economy
carrier
American Airlines
235 ROME FIUMICINO WED 01SEP
10:00 AM
NEW YORK JFK 1:35 PM L
Peter Drier Economy Lunch/Snack

I’m back

So things around here became a bit dead while I was away.  Living life didn’t exactly leave a lot of time for logging on and updating the world.  Let alone the varying qualities of internet access out there.

But I’m back, for a few weeks, with a hard drive full of photos & video, and some time to process/edit/upload them all.  So if you’ve been waiting for something, it won’t be much longer now.

Oktoberfest 2009 Video

Some scenes from Oktoberfest 2009