DAY-TRIPPING IN THE SACRED VALLEY

Walking around the little pueblos in Latin America, it is not uncommon to encounter dogs on the streets and alleyways.  They are pretty much everywhere, and occasionally, they can be very mean. As it were, one day, Trin and I encountered a dog while we were walking along the footpaths of Yanahuara, a tiny village... Continue Reading →

FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE WITHOUT EVER WRITING A BUDGET

I am financially independent and financially free. Early retirement became a reality to me at age 43, but I have a confession to make, something I’ve never actually admitted before: I have never written a personal budget. Yes, I know, I know. Isn’t that supposed to be rule #1 in Good Financial Practices 101? I’m... Continue Reading →

THE INCAS PLANTED WATER

Did you just utter an incredulous "What?" Or raise your eyebrow and say, "The Incas planted water? Yeah right."  Yes, I thought the same thing.  I held a straight face as our host told us of the marvel of the Incas. Inwardly, I wondered about this legend and the story behind it.  As the story... Continue Reading →

OUR YEAR IN REVIEW: 2017

Over a year on the road and it's been nothing like we expected but more than we had hoped for.  I count our blessings for the many wonderful people we have met and the places we have seen.  I have enjoyed sharing these experiences with you, our readers, and hope that it encourages you to... Continue Reading →

WHEN THE STRANGE BECOMES NORMAL: SOUTH AMERICAN TRAVEL

The first time we see something new, it sometimes seems strange.  Isolated groups of people often see the rest of the world as strange and often fear it.  But with prolonged exposure, the strange somehow becomes normal. Here are some things that we now find normal that may be a little strange to some of... Continue Reading →

MACHU PICCHU HIKE: WHAT THE GUIDEBOOKS DON’T TELL YOU

We awoke before the alarm rang and hurriedly prepared our small daypack with food and clothes for the next couple days. Our big packs would be left behind in Cusco for this adventure. We were supposed to leave Cusco, Peru at 7 AM to be followed by a six-hour bus ride to hydroelectrica. Our guide... Continue Reading →

CHRISTMAS IN LIMA, PERU

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the streets every horn was honking, even the geese HOW TO KNOW WHEN TO HONK YOUR HORN IN PERU If someone is backing up and might hit your car If someone in front of you slows down for a red light If you see a gringo on... Continue Reading →

LIFE ON THE STREETS IN ECUADOR

Seventeen Years Ago The cold night air seemed to reach to the bone and the boy's entire body shivers.  He shifts the cardboard underneath him. It does little to keep the night chill, in a city at 8,000 feet above sea level, from encompassing him. He watches as his breath, a frozen white mist, dissipates... Continue Reading →

INTO THIN AIR: SANTA CRUZ TREK

The Santa Cruz Trek is a 50-kilometer long circuit that cuts through the towering snow-capped Cordillera Blanca mountains located in the Andes.  The ascent tops out at 4,750 meters (15,600 feet) as it crosses the Punta Union pass.   CAN I DO THE SANTA CRUZ? I questioned my ability to do the Santa Cruz Trek. ... Continue Reading →

FIVE THINGS TO DO IN ECUADOR

Ecuador has much to offer.  We used up almost our entire three-month visa before moving on to Peru.  Still, it seems that we only touched the surface of what this beautiful country has to offer.  Granted, we did spend much of our time in Quito at the Dunamis Foundation, but we still have a few... Continue Reading →

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