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Cusco: Ancient Incan Capital

Cusco – ‘Bellybutton’ of the Inca Empire The name Cusco actually means “bellybutton” in Quechua, the language of the Incas.  They named their capital city aptly, as it sat in the dead center of their […]

Americans in Cuba

Just a quick post because a few people have asked me how – as an American – I was able to go to Cuba. The answer is quite simple, and doesn’t even involve human smuggling […]

Lima:  Lovely Coastal Capital

Lima We flew into Lima after sunset, so it was difficult to appreciate the geography of the city in the dark.  That said, as we drove in from the airport, it was clear that while […]

Galapagos Islands:  Home of Crazy Castaway Critters

Galapagos Islands Traveling really helps you to appreciate the small things in life.  For example, in our hostel in Quito, the hot water was not exactly…hot.  Small thing, but it has a big impact on […]

Quito:  Andean Mountain Retreat

Quito After my wonderful time in Paraguay visiting dear friends, encountering strange critters, and experiencing a road trip South American-style, it was time to head up to Ecuador to meet my friend Valerie.  Val is […]

Paraguay:  Landlocked South American Central Hub

  To travel to Paraguay, I flew from Panama to Asuncion directly – one of the few direct flights available to Paraguay’s capital! Nestled in the center of South America, Paraguay is a bit of […]

Panama:  Gateway Between East and West

  Situated just south of Costa Rica in Central America and joining the two continents of North and South, Panama is a true crossroads, joining Pacific with Atlantic, North with South, and tradition with modernity […]

Cuba:  Island with Soul

  Cuba – No Man’s Land for Americans I actually didn’t know if I was going to Cuba until the day before I left.  Apparently, deciding to go to Caribbean islands during the peak of […]

My (Belated) Gap Year…

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