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100,000 hits

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

I haven’t posted in a long time but I thought I should mark this milestone. The blog has now received over 100,000 hits. This has been slow in coming since I don’t update the blog regularly anymore. For those that are interested. I am still working at Ikaria in Port Allen. I am planning on going to  Yellowstone in October and then fly to Portland. From there I will take Amtrak back home via Los Angeles. I have done the Chicago to Portland route and wanted to complete the square. My longer term plan for this blog is to try to build my on website and move this blog over to it. As for as big exciting trav.el plans. Yellowstone is it for this year. Next year who knows

Last Days of the Tour

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

I joined Justin to go volunteer at a school out in the countryside near Cusco. After taking a share taxi, then a tuk tuk (motorcycle pulling a cart basically. I don’t know what they are called in South America), and walking through some fields, we arrived at the schoolhouse. The school had about 25 kids attending it. The ages ranged from 7 or so and younger. When we arrived, it was recess. The lone teacher was outside with the kids who were running around the yard screaming and playing with various dogs and chickens. We immediately joined in. It always amazes me how open to the public schools are in the developing world. No one bats an eye when strange foreigners come walking in from a field and start playing with the kids. In the US the schools are like prisons. I believe the teacher may have known Justin though. We spent sometime playing soccer, being used as mules, and for a while I was a train conductor. They loved having their pictures taken and looking at them on the camera screen. When recess was over, the lone teacher informed us that the other teacher wasn’t coming back for the day and basically left us with a room full of kids to teach while she went back to her classroom. They had been working on writing their vowels so we spent some time helping them with that. Every fifteen minutes or so we had to stop and let the kids get up and dance and sing or they would lose focus. In the afternoon when the school let out, we had to walk a long ways down the road before a car passed that could pick us up. Justin, the teacher, myself and two kids from the class got in the car and rode to the bus stop which was quite a ways away. The two kids who were with us must have been only six or seven and they sometimes walked a few hours each day by themselves to get to and from school. [read on]

Moab and Las Vegas

Thursday, May 14th, 2009
After leaving Monticello, Utah, I drove the last fifty miles to Moab where I was to meet up with Tiphanie (whom I previously met in Nepal) at the Love Muffin (a muffin shop not a strip club or adult themed ... [Continue reading this entry]

Life Update and I Need Your Vote

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009
The last few months have seen me working on the house trying to build up some sweat equity. So far I have painted, bought new appliances, put molding up, broke a mirror, and tore the fireplace mantle off the wall. ... [Continue reading this entry]