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

Claro

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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Life Hacker, Victim, Or None Of The Above? Watching A Photo Shoot In Lima, Peru

June 2, 2012

Ana Carina Copello

I was walking home from a meeting one day in Lima and I decided to go to a bar/restaurant for lunch. The restaurant was set a bit off the street and you had to walk past a few small stores in a corridor to get there. As I walked in this corridor to get to […]

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Photo Friday – Spanish Food Surrounded By English Food – Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

June 1, 2012

Spanish Food Surrounded By "English Food" - Taken 30-May-2012 - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

At a grocery store in Raleigh, a sign offering “spanish foods.” Apart from not capitalizing Spanish, what they really mean is Latin American foods – and mostly Mexican at that. Spanish food comes from Spain. Now that I’m back in the U.S., I guess I am eating English food?

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How The Happy Nomad Tour Rolls – Loneliness

May 31, 2012

Me, Myself, And I

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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Speaking At Centrum Business School In Lima, Peru

May 30, 2012

My Speech At Centrum Business School

I had the good fortune of being invited by Centrum Business School, the graduate business school attached to Pontifica Universidad Catolica del Peru, to give a speech about my experiences and share some advice. Spanish When we started talking about the event, I was told it would be in English. No problem. When everything was […]

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Lima, Peru – A Home Away From Home

May 29, 2012

Me And Gigi With Lima Behind Us

Lima. It’s a place I knew I could call home ever since I lived with my Peruvian sisters in Madrid. But I didn’t realize just how much I’d feel at home there. Arrival I arrived after my marathon bus ride from Yauya. My friend, Gigi, had a crazy day of running around to finish things […]

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From Snow To Mountain Greenery To Desert Hotness – A Bus Trip With A Little Of Everything Earth Has To Offer

May 28, 2012

Cordillera Blanca

Getting from Yauya to Lima was a 20-hour a process. First, there was the night bus from Yauya to Huaraz. You leave Yauya at 9pm and arrive in Huaraz at 5am. Along the way you pass through the Cordillera Blanca. At 4800m/3 miles high, you are right in the thick of the mountain snow. The […]

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