Monthly Archives: July 2010

Buildings, Beetles & Alpaca

After acclimatizing, we found out that Cusco is a clean and nice little town, and well worth the visit for its own sake. People here are celebrating the week of Peruvian Independence, officially July 28th, but with many festivities leading … Continue reading

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High Altitude and Coca Leaves

Coca, the stuff cocaine is made from. And I am drinking it. A lot. Why? Because it helps with altitude sickness. There is a big bowl of the leaves in the lobby of the hotel along with a big container … Continue reading

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Counterfeits and Catacombs

Over the last couple of months in the third world, I have encountered a lot of differences in daily life. Take, for example, the ritual checking of every single piece of cash money before acceptance. My money has often been … Continue reading

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It takes Two to Tango

What’s new Buenos Aires? I’m new, I wanna say I’m just a little stuck on you You’ll be on me too … Fill me up with your heat, with your noise With your dirt, overdo me Let me dance to … Continue reading

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I’m on the Radio, and in the Airwaves!

Diego (the DJ at Radio Alba) decided that he needed “the NASA girl” for his Sunday program. He and Eric convinced me to take an interview. Me on the radio… can you imagine? Eric volunteered to act as our interpreter, … Continue reading

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Mushrooms, Motorcycles & Il Mare

Today we went to Liguria. That’s on the northwest coast of Italy, also known as the Italian Riviera. We started at nine when Diego from Radio Alba came to the house to join us, and got fully going once we’d … Continue reading

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22.25: The Perfect Temperature

Today I went shopping with Marisa, who is very helpful, and yes, I bought more shoes. I won’t need any now for a couple of years, at least. I also got a very nice black jacket that should be helpful … Continue reading

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Being in Bra

Yes, there is a town in Italy named “Bra”. And apparently, not many people here understand what that word means in English. I am staying here with my mother’s cousin, Eric, and learning about the town, and generally what it … Continue reading

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A Vacation from Travel

I’ve been a lot of places on this journey. They were all places I have never seen before, with the exception of my 20 hour layover in Singapore. Many of those places were in the third world, in diverse climates. … Continue reading

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Buongiorno e Benvenuto alla Saldi!

I left Tunis at 10:30 AM yesterday and had a picturesque flight. Unfortunately, Big Red got a rather large penalty fine for her weight. They only allow 20 kg on Alitalia so I have got to send another box, or … Continue reading

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