Category: Americas

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Getting Cocky

After two weeks of house-sitting in Bocas, we pretty much had it figured out. “It’s funny how quickly i’ve gotten used to just grabbing beetles out of the sink and tossing them outside” I...

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Castles in the Sky

Fair warning. This post leans toward the sentimental, and reading it exposes you to the risk of catching cooties. “Well, the weather sure is great here, that’s for sure” Tom remarked. This is one...

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Fiestas!

Latin Americans love to party. It’s true!! [flickr]photo:6001725029[/flickr] And they are so much better at it than North Americans. Our last day in La Paz we figured we would just hang around and maybe...

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In the Pampas, the mighty Pampas…

Rurrenabaque, Bolivia is a small town on the edge of the Jungle and Pampas regions of Bolivia. [flickr]photo:5981327631[/flickr] Though its pretty small it’s the biggest city in the province and a good place to...

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Coroico

“Wow” I said motioning to the signs that advertised almuerzo (a set meal for lunch usually including a bowl of soup, and a plate of meat, rice, and potatos) for 7 Bs (one dollar)....

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Lago Titicaca

Here we are on lake Titicaca, the highest commercially navigable lake in the world. [flickr]photo:5934165509[/flickr] [flickr]photo:5934690782[/flickr] I’ll pause here so everyone can make a titi and/or caca joke. Lake Titicaca is home to islands...

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From the Beans to the Bar

With the departure of Kyle, Shea and Dave our intimidating street gang of 7 dwindled to 4. This may seem to be a less impressive number, but the ferocity of the members made up...

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Machu Picchu

We steadily climbed the pre-dawn stone Stairmaster known as the entrance to Machu Picchu, silently moving around those who fell off to the side; panting, shaking or puking from exertion. The farther we got...

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Soggy stories from the Inca Trail

The 12-passenger van pulled over about 6 inches below where the snow stopped and the guides started unloading the bicycles from the top. We all spilled out of the van, shivering and huddling together,...

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Colca Canyon

After our bout of sickness seemed as though it was over, that is our fevers had broken and our ability to stand/walk independently had returned, we decided to celebrate our return to health by...