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South America » Peru November 12th 2013

We were told today is by far the hardet day on the trail and with one and a half days left they better be right. I really struggled today -- not due to altitude sickness but rather due to my need to get in better shape, and today was a rigorous hike for almost anyone. It seemed that no one in our group got a good nights sleep in our camp but I guess that's to be expected. We were given the option of renting an inflatable mattress but only 4 people out of our group of 16 did so because the 1 kilo weight of the mattress counted against our 6 kilo per person total that the porter could carry. I'm already wearing the same clothes amost every day and the necessitites that totaled my ... read more
Dead Woman's Pass
the view from our campsite

South America » Peru November 11th 2013

We started at 2700 meters above sea level and ended at 3200 meters. Today was a mix of uphill, downhill, and flat. 500 people are able to start the Inca Trail each day and that includes porters. With that number of people starting the trail on the same day as me I was a bit worried the trail would be too crowded but it actually wasn't that bad. This morning Pedro, our guide, introduced us to our assistant guide, Elias. Pedro said we should be nice to Elias because he was the one carrying the oxygen tank in case we needed it. Gulp. I hadn't thought that was something we could possibly need. We set off at 9:15 am and arrived at our campsite around 3:30. We stopped for 10 minute breaks along the way to ... read more
My little tent
Inca ruins along the trail

South America » Peru » Cusco » Ollantaytambo November 10th 2013

Our group of 16 and our guide, Pedro, left Cusco for some important sightseeing and Inca history prior to starting the Inca trail. We visited Caccaccollo - a local village where we learned how they turned the llama and alpaca wool into scarves, sweaters, etc. They dye the wool with local plants, fruits, and even dead bugs. From there we hiked around the Pisac Ruins. The agricultural terracing there is pretty impressive. There seem to be ruins everywhere and they all offer a beautiful landscape. Our final stop of the day was the Ollantaytambo Ruins. More short hiking and more spectacular views. Ollantayambo is where we're spending the last night before heading off for the Inca trail. I've been dealing with altitude sickness again today. Headache all day and nauseous at times. I'm hoping this clears ... read more
Alpaca or llama?
Lush landscape

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco November 9th 2013

An early morning flight brought me to the beautiful city of Cusco. I'm wowed by the architecture, particularly of their churches. I walked around a lot today to get my bearings in the city. I'm also a wowed in a bad way by their altitude. A bit light headed with a headache most of the day but my body needs to adjust for the big hike ahead and even higher altitudes. One of the first experiences I had in Cusco was two local women in the plaza who wanted me to hold their baby alpaca and then give them a tip. I normally wouldn't go for that sort of thing that baby alpaca was so darn cute I couldn't resist. Trying to figure out how to bring it home as a playmate for Ranger and Gabs. ... read more
Delicious alpaca
Plaza in cuscos

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores November 8th 2013

My first day in Lima, Peru I set out to explore as much as I could on foot. My hotel is in the tourist area of Miraflores so I can walk to many shops, restaurants, and tourist activities. Lima is known for its food so my first order of business was finding a good restaurant for ceviche (a type of food I love so I was excited to try it in a city that's known for it). For those of you not familiar, it's basically raw fish marinated in lemon or lime juice and onions. My lonely planet guide book recommended a place called Pescados Capitales and it didn't disappoint. While walking around Lima there were many sites that surprised me. I wasn't surprised to see the usual fast food chains that are in every country ... read more
Kennedy park

Asia » Thailand January 4th 2013

We caught a morning flight from Vientiane, Laos to Bangkok where we would eventually catch our flight back home. I booked Ryan the Muslim meal for the flight. What can I say...Bangkok airways gave me too many options and I thought it was funny. He was more embarrassed than anything because the flight attendants and woman at the ticket counter kept confirming that he had the special meal. Ryan read in the guidebook that a train runs from the airport into the city so we took that, but not before buying a Dunkin' Donuts coffee. Ryan and I both agree the donuts here look better than the ones in the US...better flavors like tiramisu and mochachinno. Ryan wants to try the one with a pineapple on top. We headed straight for Khoa San Road for lunch ... read more
Pirate man in bangkok
Ronald McDonald welcoming visitors

Asia » Laos January 3rd 2013

To say you love Luang Prabang is like saying you love breathing or chocolate cake or a cool breeze on a hot summer day. It's an easy place to love. But with less than 24 hours to spend here Ryan and I are a fury of emotions. We're angry we have to leave and sad we don't get to experience the best city in southeast Asia longer. At least the two of us agree it's the best city we've been to. The city is set with lush green mountains in the backdrop, there are ancient temples every block or two, monks at every turn, and restaurant after restaurant offering us an amazing selection of food. After getting a good taste of the city last night we decided to get up at 6am to explore as many ... read more
Young monks sweeping
Luang prabang is beautiful

Asia » Laos January 2nd 2013

Another day on the slow boat, another day watching life along the Mekong River. There's farming along the river and folks growing some sort of crop in the sand...not sure what it is though. The banks are dotted sporadically with animals. A few cows here, a random goat standing on a rock, people farming, children bathing, and of course, the dangerous speedboat passing about every hour with petrified people wearing helmets. We stopped to visit the Pak Ou caves about an hour outside of Luang Prabang (LP). Decent caves not nearly as cool as the one in Halong Bay. After that, we made a quick stop at a small village the distills Lao Lao; a local rice whiskey. It comes in a few varieties ranging from a sweet wine-like one made from red rice to a ... read more
Life on the mekong
Angry birds in the night market
Shirt shopping

Asia » Laos January 1st 2013

New Years Day started early and very nicely. I looked out the window to see young monks lined up collecting food from the local people. It's a common practice in Laos called tak bat. Some tourists take part in it in Luang Prabang but I hadn't heard about it happening in Huay Xai so it was a treat watch the monks from afar chanting along the way. The best way to get from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang is the slow boat which takes 2 days. It's easy to buy a ticket for $12 right at the site of departure. Unfortunately I didn't know this and when I was emailing from the US a few months ago to someone in Laos trying to book the slow boat they told me it was full for New Years ... read more
a line of slow boats in huay xia
our 2 day route on the Mekong River
inside the slow boat

Asia » Laos December 31st 2012

Today started the same as yesterday. No gibbon singing and no gibbon sightings. The rest of the group set out looking for gibbons but I stayed back. If I hadn't heard them they wouldn't be within a short walking distance. As a pro zipliner Ryan was the first one back and did a few extra zips so I could get some pictures of him. He brought back the sad news of still no gibbon sightings. We packed up and hiked and zipped out of the jungle the same way we had come. By 3 pm we were back in our same little guesthouse we had checked out of just a few days before, ready to celebrate the new year. We had made a few friends during our (lack of) gibbon experience so all planned to meet ... read more
The man. The myth. The zip lining legend.
View from inside the treehouse
Our group plus our guide

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