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October 20, 2004

Lake Titicaca

By the time you read this, all of my pictures from Arequipa and Colca Canyon will be up, and probably a few from Lake Titicaca as well. I took a bus from Arequipa to Puno on Monday morning. The five-hour...

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October 18, 2004

Peruvian Food

I think I wrote a little bit about the food in my first weeks in Peru, but I thought I'd write more specifically about it since I've been making a point of eating a bunch of local specialties lately. First...

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Colca Canyon Trek

I took a three-day trek from Arequipa to the Colca Canyon, and it was another great experience. The first day, we were picked up around 6:30 and taken to the bus station, where I discovered that a couple from my...

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October 13, 2004

Arequipa

Arequipa is a bigger city than Cusco, about 1 million people live here, and it feels much more like a big city. I like cities, but I thought this was a smaller town than Cusco, so it caught me a...

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October 11, 2004

Photos Revisited

ALL of my photos are up, from Cusco, the jungle, trips to various ruins, and Machu Picchu! Check them out here....

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The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

The night before the trek, we went to sleep to the sound of rain pounding on the skylight outside our room, and I dreaded beginning the trip in the rain. Thankfully, we woke up at 5:30 to brilliant blue skies...

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October 05, 2004

The Trek Begins...

Tomorrow morning at 5:45, Jessica and I will be picked up by our tour agency, PeruTreks, and whisked off towards the beginning of the infamous Inca Trail, on which we will make a 4-day trek to Machu Picchu. The trail...

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October 04, 2004

Another Perspective

Jessica's keeping a travelblog too. Thought you might also like to hear her side of the story. And, she did a better job describing the ruins. Either I was just being lazy, or wanted to let the pictures speak for...

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Ollantaytambo and Pisac

Jessica and I took a weekend trip to two nearby towns, Ollantaytambo and Pisac. We left Saturday morning, and it took us about 2 hours and $1.25 to get to Ollantaytambo on two different buses. The second was basically a...

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Last Week

Last week was really good. My second week of Spanish classes ended up being with a different teacher, Jessica, but I really liked her. I had three classmates: Lukas, the Swiss guy I went to the jungle with; Sharon, from...

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October 01, 2004

PHOTOS!

FINALLY, I've got almost all of my photos online. Not all of them have captions and stuff, but they're there! Enjoy. My friend Jessica from San Francisco arrived on Wednesday; she's staying with me at my homestay right now and...

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September 26, 2004

My weekend

I was exhausted after Manu, but managed to rest up on Friday night and was raring to go this weekend, which was really good. Yesterday I did laundry at the house, and then I made lunch with the mom, Isabel....

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The Jungle

I spent five days in the jungle last week. Or more accurately, about 3 days in the jungle and 2 days driving there and back. The more upscale tours drive in and fly back, and now I understand why. It's...

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September 24, 2004

Photo Hell

I just spent an hour or so trying to get this damn photo thing to work. Need to do some more brainstorming. In the meantime, I'm posting one lovely photo as a teaser--the jungle at sunrise this morning. Enjoy!...

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Back to Civilization

What a novelty to be away from radio, TV, and internet for 5 whole days! Pretty remarkable. It's nice to be back, though. Just wanted to let you all know I had a great trip and am back safe and...

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September 18, 2004

Sightseeing in Full Force

Today was a full day of hiking and wandering and bus-taking to get to the salt flats (terraced on a mountain) and to see Incan ruins at Chinchero that were pretty impressive (probably moreso because they were my first!). It...

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September 17, 2004

Big Plans

Today, it's a week since I left San Francisco. Hard to believe. On the one hand, it doesn't seem like I've been gone very long, but somehow I also feel like I've been here for a while. This trip hasn't...

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September 14, 2004

Just Like the Locals

Well, not really. I took the bus to and from school today all by myself, but these buses are just way too small for me, even the bigger ones. They're basically falling apart minivans stuffed full of people, and a...

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September 12, 2004

Buenos Dias de Cusco, Peru

íHola! Already I'm not thinking too clearly in English, but of course fumbling through the Spanish, so bear with me! I made it to Cusco in one piece, and am getting settled in with my host family. The parents are...

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August 24, 2004

Hello, Host Family!

I just found out a little bit about the family I'll be staying with in Cusco, Peru, while I'm studying Spanish. The father is an electrical engineer, and his wife is a lawyer. They have a 5-year-old daughter and a...

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