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March 2012

Another Attempted Robbery – This Time In Ecuador

March 31, 2012

The Purse Cut Open

Yesterday I went out to see a few places with the lady I’m staying with here in Quito. We went to a couple monuments and used the Metro three times. At some point on the Metro, even though we were by each other and talking, someone cut open her purse to steal her wallet. You […]

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Photo Friday – Man And Parrot – Casma, Peru

March 30, 2012

Man And Bird - Taken 28-Mar-2012 - Casma, Peru

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How The Happy Nomad Tour Rolls – My Gear

March 29, 2012

ExOfficio Men's Give-N-Go boxers

Many people have asked me how I could just leave my job and seemingly travel perpetually. How can I afford it? How do you find places to stay for free all the time? How do you find places to volunteer? All questions I’ve received by email, and now I’m sharing the secrets in a series […]

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The Middle Of The World – The Equator

March 28, 2012

Me At The Equator

While in Quito I had the pleasure of visiting Mitad del Mundo/Middle of the World. It’s a mini-city constructed along the equator near Quito. By the way, Ecuador = Equator in Spanish. Getting there was relatively easy. I caught a bus from where I was staying to a bus station, and then I caught another […]

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Quito – Capital, Carnival, Cold, And Running Into Gandhi By Accident

March 27, 2012

Old Quito

Despite being on the equator, Quito is cold since it is 2800m/9240ft high. I really don’t like being cold and Quito was a reminder of this. Otherwise, Quito is a huge city and not a ton of touristy things to see or do. I think many people come to Quito since it’s where the main […]

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Can You Help Me Spread The Word?

March 26, 2012

Me With The Class

In exactly two months I’ll be home, hanging out with my family and getting ready for the Asian leg of The Happy Nomad Tour. I’m looking forward to it. But hopefully I can spread the word about The Happiness Plunge as well… For the past week, in between teaching my English classes here in Peru, […]

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Que Caro Es Ser Pobre/How Expensive It Is To Be Poor – Books

March 24, 2012

"The New Opportunity At The Base Of The Pyramid"

When I was volunteering at Maya Pedal in Guatemala there was a sign on the wall that said “Que Caro Es Ser Pobre”. It means “How expensive it is to be poor.” As I travel through many of the world’s “poor” countries, I am writing a series of articles about how expensive it is to be poor. […]

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Photo Friday – Sunset Into The Pacific – Mancora, Peru

March 23, 2012

Sunset Into The Pacific - Taken 15-Mar-2012 - Mancora, Peru

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How The Happy Nomad Tour Rolls – Telephony

March 22, 2012

Payphone

Many people have asked me how I could just leave my job and seemingly travel perpetually. How can I afford it? How do you find places to stay for free all the time? How do you find places to volunteer? All questions I’ve received by email, and now I’m sharing the secrets in a series […]

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Colombia To Ecuador – A Famous Church, Counterfeit Money, And Drugs

March 21, 2012

Counterfeit $10 Bill

I left Pasto at 8am with a belly full of breakfast-in-bed awesomeness courtesy of my amazing couchsurfing host Ana. I caught a bus to Ipialas, a city ten minutes from the Ecuadorian border. But if you are in the area, you have to go to Las Lajas to see the church. This part of the […]

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Pasto, Colombia – Unplanned Awesomeness On The Way Out Of Colombia

March 20, 2012

Volcano

Pasto was a wonderful experience, though it’s a bit hard to describe. I hadn’t planned to go to Pasto. Upon finding out that it takes 16 hours to go from Popayan to Quito, Ecuador, I decided to stop in Pasto  to split up the journey a bit. My couchsurfing host Ana was nice enough to […]

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Happy Nomad Tour Update – Peru, USA, And Asia

March 19, 2012

Cleveland, Ohio

While the blog will enter Ecuador on this weekend, I physically entered Peru a week ago. On my last day in Ecuador I sat in front of the computer for hours running free flight searches (using frequent flier miles) on the two airlines I have miles with, and I finally came up with a plan […]

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Popayan, Colombia – The White City

March 17, 2012

Popayan - The White City

Popayan is called The City Of White and you’ll see why in the pictures below. I met an entrepreneurial couple while in Guatape who own two hostels in Popayan. I contacted them to see if they’d be interested in getting a review while I can explore the town. They agreed! The city itself is relatively […]

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Photo Friday – Make Coffee Not War – Cuenca, Ecuador

March 16, 2012

Make Coffee Not War - Taken 11-March-2012 - Cuenca, Ecuador

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How The Happy Nomad Tour Rolls – Finding Volunteering Opportunities

March 15, 2012

Looks good!

Many people have asked me how I could just leave my job and seemingly travel perpetually. How can I afford it? How do you find places to stay for free all the time? How do you find places to volunteer? All questions I’ve received by email, and now I’m sharing the secrets in a series […]

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Indigenous Market In Silvia, Colombia – A Feast For The Eyes

March 14, 2012

The Guambiano People

In the small town of Silvia, Colombia a timeless scene plays itself out every Tuesday. People come in from the surrounding villages, sell their fruits, vegetables, meat, traditional medicine, and catch up on the latest news. I happened to be in Popayan so I rode the bus one hour to check out this beautiful scene […]

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Lunch Lost In Translation = Me Milking Myself

March 13, 2012

My Lactose-Free Lunch

On my first day in Popayan I decided to have a nice, sit down lunch at a local restaurant. The food here is quite cheap, so the prepared menu of the day lunch is only 3500 Pesos/$2. I asked what the menu of the day was. I didn’t understand one or two items she said, […]

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