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To Eat or Not to Eat: Guinea Pigs in Peru

To Eat or Not to Eat: Guinea Pigs in Peru

April 26, 2011 5 Comments

Every country has something that people will quiz you on in order to judge your experience as a tourist there.  Argentina: “Is the steak really that amazing and did you learn to tango?” Spain: “Did you go to a bullfight?” Brazil: “Did you wear a thong bikini?” Spain again, “Did you go topless on the beach?”  India: ...

Meeting Viking Princesses in the Peruvian Amazon

Meeting Viking Princesses in the Peruvian Amazon

January 20, 2011 6 Comments

Modern times had turned Viking princesses soft, but I didn’t know this as we approached them in the dim, cool light before dawn.

Getting Robbed by the Mustard Thieves of Buenos Aires

Getting Robbed by the Mustard Thieves of Buenos Aires

January 13, 2011 3 Comments

The infamous mustard scam flashed across my brain as I protectively swung my backpack to my hip and darted down the sidewalk taking the first right onto a side street mumbling something like “those f*ckers”. I managed to wipe away all of the applesauce with my scarf and see out of my glasses again.

Training Bulls in Cotopaxi, Ecuador

Training Bulls in Cotopaxi, Ecuador

January 5, 2011 No Comments

Somehow I’d always thought of Ecuador as lying along the fat waistband of the earth, but hadn’t imagined that it would be so high in the sky.  Since we landed in Quito we’ve been at elevation and now, as we reach our destination at the base of Cotopaxi volcano, my lungs wince at 12,000 ft. ...

Snorkeling with Anacondas in Bonito, Brazil

Snorkeling with Anacondas in Bonito, Brazil

December 9, 2010 No Comments

We’re Bonito in the interior of Brazil.  After three weeks of beaches I reluctantly decided that it was time to see a part of Brazil without sand.  I was happy to check out a new ecoregion until a nice Brazilian girl I was chatting with mentioned the “sucuri” that swallowed her dad’s fishing buddy whole ...

Seeking Refuge in the Tibetan Refugee Colony

Seeking Refuge in the Tibetan Refugee Colony

December 2, 2010 1 Comment

As our bus hits the edge of sprawling Delhi, the sun is setting and we’re homeless.  Spontaneously travelling around northern India, we’d assumed that in a city of 13 million or more, there’d be endless cheap accommodations.  There is one place left to call on our long list and it’s in an area called Manju ...

The Agra to Varanasi Overnight Train

The Agra to Varanasi Overnight Train

November 11, 2010 1 Comment

‘I’m in it to win it,’ I cheesily tell myself as we board the overnight train from Agra to Varanasi.  We’ve booked the four person bunk cabin, a splurge from the lowest class squished, sitting only and a step up from the six bed cabins where people are sardined floor to ceiling.  So far, I ...

Jubbling Jubblies in Jaipur, India

Jubbling Jubblies in Jaipur, India

November 4, 2010 No Comments

Besieged by bronchitis, I am too tired to venture out and am moping around like an invalid in the interior courtyard of our hotel in Jaipur.  I grumpily slurp a mango lassi and wrap my Kashmiri shawl tighter as a peacock struts by trying to cheer me up.  How can you feel sick with a ...

Pálinka, Paprika and a Pig in Bácsalmás, Hungary

The night before the pig's last day came cold and crisp. Gabi made sure to put extra wood...

Lake Nicaragua – History, Honeymoon and the Panama Canal

My fascination with the Panama Canal began sometime in 7th grade social studies with Mr. Farley.  Mr. Farley didn’t...

A Love Story for a Royal Princess in London

Grandma Josephine was a Morse code operator during World War II for the British Army. She worked tirelessly in a bunker...

To Eat or Not to Eat: Guinea Pigs in Peru

Every country has something that people will quiz you on in order to judge your experience as a tourist there.  Argentina:...