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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Machismo – A Cultural Incompatibility I Can’t Accept

June 9, 2012

An Example Of Machismo - This Image On The Outside Of A Public Bus In Ecuador

While volunteering for Rayo de Sol in Arequipa, Peru, I was reminded of how much I dislike the macho culture in Latin America. Machismo can be defined as “exaggerated masculine pride.” I haven’t said much about machismo despite having been in Latin America for nine months. Only in this article from El Salvador, and this […]

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Photo Friday – Cotton Candy Clouds In Suburbia – Clayton, NC, USA

June 8, 2012

Cotton Candy Clouds In Suburbia - Taken 5-Jun-2012 - Raleigh, NC, USA

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How The Happy Nomad Tour Rolls – Traveling Solo

June 7, 2012

Alone In The Cocora Valley

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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Volunteering With Rayo de Sol – Selling Bread In The Streets Of Arequipa, Peru

June 6, 2012

Selling Bread In The Streets Of Arequipa

Volunteering at Rayo de Sol (Ray of Sunshine) in Arequipa was a wonderful experience. As I think about the future and what I’d like to do with my life post-Happy Nomad Tour, a lot of what Rayo de Sol is doing appeals to me. The Organization Started by a French woman, Rayo de Sol serves […]

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Arequipa, Peru – Volcanoes, Valleys, Pigs, And Miss Latin America

June 5, 2012

Plaza de Armas - Arequipa

Arequipa is Peru’s second biggest city. I went there to volunteer with Rayo de Sol not really knowing anything about it. My ignorance proved very strong when, the first morning I was there, I was shocked to see the huge volcano and the beautiful mountains around the city. Valley Close to where I was staying […]

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Huancayo – A Speech In The Heart Of The Peruvian Andes

June 4, 2012

Central Plaza

I wasn’t planning to visit Huancayo while in Peru, but I was invited to give a speech for Global Youth Service Day. I took the night bus from sea-level Lima back up into the mountains. At two miles high, Huancayo isn’t too hot or cold, but when I was there it was still the rainy […]

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