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My Travel Writing Scholarship 2011 entry - Journey in an Unknown Culture

WORLDWIDE | Thursday, 10 Mar 2011 | Views [513] | Scholarship Entry

Humble Ode to my Beloved Chicken Buses The current exchange rate is 7.797 Guatemalan Quetzales to 1 US Dollar, putting my 12-Quetzales chicken-bus ride from my home in Comalapa to the bustling Guatemala City at just over $1.50. In the two hours it takes ... Read more >

Tags: #2011Writing, Travel Writing Scholarship 2011

Shower Adventures - Living in France

FRANCE | Wednesday, 2 Mar 2011 | Views [908]

It’s been two months since our return from the U.S. but there has been little noteworthy enough to, as the expression goes, “write home about.”   Unremarkable days turn into unremarkable weeks, and two months later, here I am reporting on our current plumbing ... Read more >

Tags: adventure, france, going crazy?, inept, plumbing, shower, survival

My slow and sometimes not-so-sure trip from Peru to Quito, Ecuador

PERU | Wednesday, 25 Aug 2010 | Views [544] | Comments [1]

Ecuador is beautiful ! I don’t know what sort of great geographical difference there is, but it seems greener and cleaner than Peru; and the Andes….toujours impressionant (always impressive).   *                       *                       ... Read more >

Tags: bus adventures, cuenca, ecuador, loja, peru, piura, quito

Writings from the bus station, hotel for the night

PERU | Monday, 23 Aug 2010 | Views [671]

Time: 3am Place: Piura, Peru Why: good question…   I arrived in Trujillo at 7:30 this morning and, wanting to assure my trip to Tumbes, I bought a ticket straight away. Happy with ticket in hand, I was taken back ... Read more >

Tags: boarder crossing, chan chan, ecuador, el brujo, huaraz, loja transportes, mancorá, peru, piura, tumbes

Overnight bussing from Huaraz, Peru to Quito, Ecuador

PERU | Saturday, 21 Aug 2010 | Views [3202]

Last night I had quite a headache from the car ride to Huascarán, and I was delighted to find Fleur and Kuwait at the hotel, ready to chat, sympathize, and eat. We went to a local restaurant where chicken and fries were the “in” thing, ... Read more >

Tags: boarder crossing, huaraz, huascarán, lulo, monterray, peru, trujillo, tumbes

20 Aug

PERU | Friday, 20 Aug 2010 | Views [541]

No space in the bus for Trujillo tonight means I’ll be leaving tomorrow night. We’re off to Huascarán!   *                       *                       * Observations on driving: I think the driver makes every effort to drive on the ... Read more >

Tags: carsick, peru

Post bus-scribbles - unwinding

PERU | Thursday, 19 Aug 2010 | Views [448]

So the previous writings were things we learned on our way to Chavín. The ride itself was a bit long, the ruins were nice, but not as cool as Tikal (in Guate), and the ride back was pretty intensely long. When I got back, I knocked on Fleur and Kuwait’s ... Read more >

Tags: chavín, peru

Bus scribbles

PERU | Thursday, 19 Aug 2010 | Views [472]

[from the bus-trip] -travelling Peru is not for those who get carsick -started at 3100m; climbing to 4600m -“Chavín” maybe comes from “Chaupín” which meant “center of everything” -Incas tried to conquest Chavíñeros ... Read more >

Tags: chavín, peru

Staying sane on 8 hour + bus rides

PERU | Wednesday, 18 Aug 2010 | Views [963]

Writings while on my bus ride: My 9:30am bus has left at 10:11am, so right on schedule =) Oh Latin America… (the movie playing on the bus just subtitled the exclamation “swish!” as “cambio!”) I’m still scratching the sand ... Read more >


PERU | Tuesday, 17 Aug 2010 | Views [638]

I left the airport by taxi which took me to a stop where an...essentially hollowed out van with "Chosico" written on the front stopped, with promise from my taxi driver that they would take me to my destination, the ruins of Puruchuco. ... Read more >

Tags: bodega, huacachina, ica, peru, sand dunes, wine

Photos: Peru/Ecuador viaje

PERU | Monday, 16 Aug 2010 | Photo Gallery

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Off to Peru!

PERU | Monday, 16 Aug 2010 | Views [458]

Arrived! ...even if quite groggily. I zipped right through customs, took some money out, and at the inexplicably simple push-of-a-green-button, I was released!...to the hoards of taxi drivers. I'm waiting in the airport until dawn, however, before ... Read more >

Family visit!

FRANCE | Wednesday, 10 Mar 2010 | Views [2104] | Comments [7]

As seems my habit, it has been quite a while since I have updated my blog, but I am plagued with bouts of "uninspiration" interrupted by crazy amounts of activity, leaving my blog to the wayside. Perhaps inspired by the final arrival of a ... Read more >


FRANCE | Wednesday, 13 Jan 2010 | Views [680] | Comments [2]

It's been a while, but here goes... The Christmas holidays zipped by. I escaped Bourges on the 17th (December), hours before a mild snow brought much of France to a screeching halt; this made especially apparent when Loreto made her own sojourn to Paris ... Read more >

Tags: teaching

Fête de la vie

FRANCE | Tuesday, 8 Dec 2009 | Views [752] | Comments [2]

This last weekend I took a whirlwind trip to Lyon for the Fête des lumières , the annual light-spectacular that takes France’s second-largest city by storm with thousands upon thousands of visitors filling up hotels in the greater 20km ... Read more >

Les vacances!

FRANCE | Wednesday, 4 Nov 2009 | Views [938] | Comments [4]

It’s so funny to me that I attempt to write about what I do in a way that would interest my audience enough that they would want to read about I'm up to.   Sure I’m in France, but apart from the continual and lazy threat of strikes and the feasibility ... Read more >

France...take 2

FRANCE | Friday, 23 Oct 2009 | Views [670] | Comments [2]

I emerge from the darkness almost two months after arriving in France …most literally emerging from the growing pile of documents that clearly depict the way France bureacracy runs. No less than 5 copies of everything is made, and it ... Read more >

Holy Week in Guatemala

GUATEMALA | Thursday, 27 Mar 2008 | Views [656]

I spent last week (Holy Week) observing the processions that are so prominent in Guatemala City the week before Easter. I didn't get to write about it so much, but I have these photos as a sort of photo-journal, with fun & interesting captions.... Read more >

back in the States! [along with random cultural observations]

USA | Tuesday, 15 Jan 2008 | Views [671]

It is the evening before classes start, and I realized I had kind of left my emails up in the air regarding my return home from Ecuador. So here are the highlights: So, picking up from my last email...my last 12 days I spent in Quito, seeing ... Read more >

Tags: Culture

winding through the Andes

ECUADOR | Tuesday, 11 Dec 2007 | Views [783]

My adventures started at 9:30pm on Wednesday night (I had vacation from school for the rest of the week because of the Fiestas de Quito) and I took the 9 hour overnight bus from Quito to Cuenca. As we passed through different neighborhoods and areas ... Read more >

Tags: Adventures

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