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June 2012

Photo Friday – Love – Saigon, Vietnam

June 29, 2012

Love - Taken 28-June-2012 - Saigon, Vietnam

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Maras, Peru – Harvesting Salt For The Incan Empire And Modern-Day Peru

June 28, 2012

Maras Salt Ponds

Maras is in the Sacred Valley near Cusco. It’s truly a feast for the eyes. It seems like something out of this world when you see it from afar. Surrounded by mountain greenery in all directions, all of a sudden you see a honeycomb of white rectangles. Amazing. I was especially eager to see Maras […]

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Moray – The Incan Agricultural Laboratory

June 27, 2012

Me With Moray

When you first arrive at Moray you can immediately see the impressive site below. But it just looks like the terraced farming seen at other sites in Cusco. But it’s so much more. Agricultural Laboratory It is believed that the Incas used Moray as an agricultural laboratory. By using their knowledge of the sun, wind, […]

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Visiting An Indigenous Peruvian Clothing Co-op That Uses Traditional Methods And Dyes

June 26, 2012

Red Dye

As part of a day tour in Cusco, the first stop was at a shop showing the traditional way of making Incan clothing. Of course, after the show you are encouraged to buy things, but that’s how things go and each tour I took had an element like this. I’m sure the tour operators earn […]

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Machu Pichu

June 25, 2012

First Glimpses Of Machu Pichu

Some things don’t require narration. Below is my encounter with Machu Pichu. Arrival By Train First Glimpse When I got there in the morning, it was foggy and cloudy. Below are the pictures. Inca Bridge A small bridge from the Incan times used by the Incan army to protect Machu Pichu. Beautiful views and vegetation […]

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Ollantaytambo – An Emperor’s Home And The Last Stop Before Machu Pichu

June 23, 2012

The Town Of Ollantaytambo

Ollantaytambo was built for an Incan emperor. What remains is an impressive site with the emperor’s face indelibly watching the city. Face Carving For me, the most impressive thing about Ollantaytambo is the carving of the Inca Emperor’s face into the mountain. The length of the face is about 30ft/10m. It’s a wonder how the […]

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Photo Friday – Happiness According To McDonalds – Singapore

June 22, 2012

Happiness According To McDonalds - Taken 21-June-2012 - Singapore

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Que Caro Es Ser Pobre – Public Spending

June 21, 2012

Traffic Police

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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Pisaq – Fortress, Cemetery, Terraced Agriculture, And A Partridge In A Pear Tree

June 20, 2012

The Beautiful Valley

The architectural ruins at Pisaq, the entrance to the Sacred Valley, show the Inca’s ingenuity and gives insight into how they lived. Even from afar, this site is impressive as you can see below. Terraced Agriculture Upon entering the site, the most immediately obvious thing you notice is the agricultural steps. These terraces, made by […]

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A Walk Through The Pisaq Market

June 19, 2012

Children Wearing Traditional Clothing

The town of Pisaq is at the entrance to the Valle Sagrado/Sacred Valley of the Incas. It was the bread basket of the Incan Empire, with food production generously supported by the sacred Urubamba River. Pisaq market is a market set up in the narrow, winding streets of Pisaq. The sights, sounds, smells, colors, and […]

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Puka Pukara – Cusco’s Beautiful Red Fortress At Twilight

June 18, 2012

Puka Pukara

Puka Pukara, or red fort in Quechua, gets its name from the red tint the rocks reflect at twilight. The site was a military fortress designed to protect the city of Cusco and served as a settlement. Scholars believe it was an Incan administrative center of sorts. There are aqueducts, plazas, baths, fountains, and other […]

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Qenko And Tambomachay – Incan Maze and Incan Spa

June 16, 2012

Me At Tambomachay

Qenko and Tambomachay are two interesting sites in Cusco that I went to. I combined them for this article because neither place has much meat to its story. Tambomachay Tambomachay, which means resting place in Quechua, stands 3765m/12,350ft above sea level just outside of Cusco. Scholars think the Incas constructed the site to worship water […]

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Photo Friday – Walmart: Helping You “Live Better” By Hiding The Junk In Your Trunk Without Exercise – Raleigh, NC, USA

June 15, 2012

Walmart's Obesity Fighting Initiative Thumbnail

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Que Caro Es Ser Pobre – How Many Cell Phones Do You Have?

June 14, 2012


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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Saqsaywaman – A Stone Fortress Overlooking Cusco

June 13, 2012

Expert Masonry

Saqsaywaman is an impressive megalithic on the outskirts of Cusco, Peru. Even today the uses for it aren’t 100% clear, but what is clear is that what remains is a fraction of what once stood. When the Spanish conquered the Incas, stone from this impressive site was removed and taken down into the city to […]

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Qorikancha – The Inca’s Golden Temple/The Spanish Church Of Santo Domingo

June 12, 2012

Expert Masonry

Qorikancha, which means golden temple in Quechua, is located right in the city of Cusco. It was the most important temple in the Incan Empire and defined opulence. Floors and walls were made of gold, for example. When the Spanish arrived, they demolished the temple and used the foundation to make The Church of Santo Domingo. […]

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A Career Narrative I Wrote 13 Years Ago

June 11, 2012

Me square

I called home one day in April, as my parents were packing to move to North Carolina, and my dad told me he found something really cool. It was my “career narrative,” some kind of assignment from my suburban high school to make me think about what I want to do in college and my […]

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