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American Market Vs. Peruvian Market

August 4, 2012

Pig Head With Tongue Sticking Out

I went to a market in North Carolina and it really struck me how different markets are across the world. I was used to the markets of Latin America, and coming back to the U.S. was a bit of culture shock. Admittedly, the pictures from the Peruvian market are misleading. There are also fruit and […]

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One Music Video, The Heart Of Latin America

July 11, 2012

calle 13 - latinoamerica

This video was filmed in Peru and, apart from being a beautiful song, shows the many faces, lives, lifestyles, and scenes that exist in Latin America (more specifically, Peru.. since Peru has everything :)) Give it a listen and a watch. I think you’ll like it.

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Leaving Peru, Arriving In The U.S., A Sad Goodbye, And An Unexpected Hello!

July 10, 2012

Cleveland From The Air

Well, the time has finally come to move on. It’s hard to imagine I arrived in San Luis Potosi, Mexico exactly 9 months ago. I had traveled quite a bit before starting The Happy Nomad Tour, but never in Latin America. And what an experience it has been. Leaving Peru was like waking up from […]

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Farewell Fiesta

July 9, 2012

A Really Happy Nomad

Farewell It was hard saying goodbye even though my next destination was “home,” though my immediate family no longer lives there. I had great things planned for my Crazy Hair Fundraiser, etc. But Latin America is a special place that really grew on me. Toward the end of my time there, many things bothered me. […]

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How To Make The Best Juice Ever

July 7, 2012

12 Ready To Drink

As I mentioned in my post about Cusco, I fell in love with lucuma+mango juice in Peru. When I got to Lima for the second time, I indulged in lucuma+mango juice like it was my job. Below is a tutorial on how to make your own, though finding lucuma in most places is impossible. According […]

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Jatun Nani – Breaking The Poverty Cycle In The City With Books

July 5, 2012

Mobile Library At The Construction Site

You may recall my article about spending a week in Yauya, a Peruvian village to small to show up in Google Maps, and the amazing work Consuelo Pasco has done to bring a library there and fill the schools with books. Reunion While in Lima, I was able to meet Consuelo under different circumstances. I […]

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Celebrating Mother’s Day In Peru

July 4, 2012

Amazing Mothers

No, it’s not ideal to be thousands of miles away from your mom on Mother’s Day, but when you are, best to make the most of it! Luckily, my friends in Lima invited me to a wonderful celebration. Farmhouse We actually went to the farmhouse where my friends got married! It is about an hour […]

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Returning To Lima Early.. For Love

July 3, 2012

Caroline And I The Day I Returned To Lima

While in Lima the first time, I met someone briefly that turned out to be someone very special. How it all happened is pretty crazy though… Javier, my friend from business school and savior/salvador set me up with his aunt, Consuelo, to volunteer in Yauya with her rural library project. Javier also connected me with […]

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Cusco, Peru – The Best Belly Button In The World

July 2, 2012

Inca Playing A Zampona

I had high expectations for Cusco. It’s the gateway to Peru’s Inca past and a must-visit for all travelers to Peru. I intentionally published this article about Cusco after all the other articles about Cusco’s have posted. I think they, more than anything I can say here, tell the story. Cusco is amazing on its […]

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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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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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