John Kelly is a writer and off-and-on traveler, with a blossoming photography addiction (and a much more boring day job). He lives near Chicago with his wife, Katrina.

For the next three months Katrina and I will be traveling in Argentina, studying Spanish in Bariloche and hiking through sections of the Andes before heading north to Buenos Aires, refueling along the way on grilled steak and Malbec.

The idea is for this blog to evolve into a 90-day collection of photographs and essays from our time here — a short dispatch a day.

That’s the goal, anyway. The reality of three months on the road — including stretches without Internet in Patagonia — will make it difficult, if not impossible. But I’ll give it a shot.

In the end this blog is simply a way to blend together three things I love: traveling, writing, and photography. Don’t worry, I have no plans of turning this into my online diary. I’ll keep my posts short and sweet. Most days I’ll probably just post a single photograph.

While this blog is meant mainly to be a way to stay connected and share our trip with family and friends — as well as to motivate me to take plenty of photographs — I encourage anyone who stumbles across these pages to comment and share suggestions or advice for traveling in, and photographing, Argentina.

We’re less than a week into our trip, and already I’m reminded of what Paul Theroux once wrote, “Travel is glamorous only in retrospect.” Still, it feels good to be on the road again. Seeing as Katrina is an enormous Lord of the Rings fan, I’ll close with these sage words: “Remember what Bilbo used to say: It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”

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