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There’s No Place Like Home

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

Well, I’ve been back home for weeks and weeks–months now.  I’d meant to write a concluding blog shortly upon my return.  But I didn’t.  I got busy.  I backburnered it.   Time slipped away.  Finally, I write now.  So, just in case anyone ever deigns to check out this blog so long after the travels have ended, here is the…[drumroll]…FINAL ENTRY.  [read on]

Jungle Fever

Saturday, February 23rd, 2008

Call me narrow-minded, but I draw the line at cross-species relationships.  The creature I encountered in the Amazon jungle clearly did not.  [read on]

Part Time Lava

Friday, February 22nd, 2008
What I saw outside the bus window looked disturbingly familiar:  rocks and boulders and mud piled on the windy road´s edge at the base of fresh erosion scars in the mountain.  The driver had to steer wide to avoid the ... [Continue reading this entry]

Here´s Mud In Your Calle

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008
A traditional Ecuadoran meal served by waiters in bowties: $3.50. A clean hotel room in the city center, with private bathroom and cable TV, breakfast included: $9.00. Being the only gringo among 49 non-English speaking strangers ... [Continue reading this entry]

Ruined (pics added)

Friday, February 15th, 2008
When I last wrote, I was in a little beach town in the north of Peru called Huanchaco.  I´m now in another little beach town, further north, called Mancora.  Between the two, I was ¨ruined.¨ Let me explain.  Dotting the landscape ... [Continue reading this entry]