Labeling People – The Happy “Pakistani” Nomad

May 12, 2012

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People often rely on stereotypes and preconceived notions to judge and classify people. It makes this complicated world easier. Maybe it’s partly biological, a survival mechanism left over from hunter-gatherer days. Below is a conversation I have had hundreds of times on my trip. New person: “Where are you from?” Me: “The U.S.” New person: […]

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Photo Friday – Pre-Incan Salt Ponds – Maras, Peru

May 11, 2012

Pre-Incan Salt Ponds - Taken 3-May-2012 - Maras, Peru

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How The Happy Nomad Tour Rolls – Security And Safety

May 10, 2012

Me With Tequila AK-47

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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Que Caro Es Ser Pobre – Ignorance Is Agony, Not Bliss

May 9, 2012

Books For Sale In Peru

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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Tortugas Beach – Casma’s Rocky Beach Surrounded By Sand And Desert

May 8, 2012

The Beach

When I got to Casma, everyone told me I had to visit Tortugas, the beach, and Sechin, the ancient ruins. Both are just outside of town. On my first weekend I visited Tortugas. It was small, as expected, but there was no sand! It just seems unjust that a place surrounded by desert has no […]

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Volunteering At Fiore Peru – Teaching English And Teaching Myself How To Teach

May 7, 2012

My Class Of Youngsters

My volunteering opportunity in Casma was to teach introductory English to a class of kids between 11 and 15 years old, and give private lessons to a 15-year-old and 21-year-old who have a more advanced level. Man, it was hard! One of the passions I identified as part of The Happiness Plunge process was teaching. […]

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The Sechin Ruins – The Oldest Settlement In The Americas

May 5, 2012

The Site And The Landscape

The Sechin Ruins are a must visit if you are in Casma. Set just outside the city, it’s a simple taxi ride away. The ruins are said to be 5500-years-old (well before the Incas). In fact, it’s the oldest known urban settlement in all of the Americas. To give some context, this site is older […]

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Photo Friday – “Are You Seeing What I’m Seeing?” – Machu Pichu, Peru

May 4, 2012

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How The Happy Nomad Tour Rolls – “How Can You Afford It?”

May 3, 2012

The Nomadmobile

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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Casma, Peru – A Wonderful Desert Town I Called Home

May 2, 2012

Casma, Peru

It’s kind of funny how I ended up in Casma. I shot for Trujillo, Peru’s third biggest city, and ended up in Casma, a small village. I searched for volunteering opportunities in Trujillo and found Fiore Peru. They told me they needed help teaching English in Casma and I was in! As mentioned in my […]

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Chimbote, Peru – An Unexpected Stop Due To A Protest

May 1, 2012

Me With A Bag Of Blackberry Goo

As I mentioned about in my post about Trujillo, a protest by miners blocked the road between Chimbote and Casma. I could have stayed in Trujillo, but I really wanted to get out of there. I didn’t like my living situation. While having lunch, I contacted the three people in Couchsurfing in Chimbote and all […]

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Huanchaco – Trujillo’s Beach And Surfer’s Paradise

April 30, 2012

Me And Stefania

On my second day in Trujillo, Stefania, a friend of my couchsurfing host, invited me to the beach in nearby Huanchaco. The end of the summer was nearing, and she’d only been to the beach once or twice this summer. So, how could I refuse? Huanchaco was very different from Mancora. First, it was much […]

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Trujillo, Peru – The City Of Eternal Spring

April 28, 2012

Turtles!

I left the beautiful beaches of Mancra and… quickly found myself back in the Middle East! Ok, not exactly, but the Sechura Desert basically stretches from the north of the country to the south along the coast. Below are some pictures. City Center In Trujillo I learned that pretty much every city in Peru has […]

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Photo Friday – City Of Mountains And Volcanoes – Arequipa, Peru

April 27, 2012

City Of Mountains And Volcanoes - Taken 26-Apr-2012 - Arequipa, Peru

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How The Happy Nomad Tour Rolls – Internet Access

April 26, 2012

WiFi Zone.. In A Bathroom

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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Peru Meets Peru, Nebraska

April 25, 2012

Peru Logo

I saw this video a long time ago, but now that I’m in Peru enjoying its wonderful people, culture, and food, I had to share it again. It’s a bit long, but I can promise you laughs and a greater insight into this amazing country! What happens when the country of Peru meets Peru, Nebraska…?

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Mancora, Peru – Beach, Beauty, And Getting My Mojo Back

April 24, 2012

Beautiful Mancora

I don’t know if I could have found a better entry point to Peru if I had tried. I decided to go to Mancora because going from Cuenca to Trujillo would have taken something like 20 hours and it made sense to stop somewhere in the middle. I was able to line up an article […]

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