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North America » United States » California » San Francisco December 30th 2005

I am all packed and ready to go. I can't believe how fast the last month has gone by, not to mention the last year! But it has come to an end, and my little adventure is about to begin. I head up North for New Years tomorrow...then leave for Hawaii on Monday...then it's off to Bangkok on the 8th. Things have come together quickly, and I am still amazed and grateful every day that everything has worked out. The rough itinerary is going to be something like this... 5 days in Bangkok to get visas, etc A week in Ko Tao to get scuba certified A couple weeks in Northern Thailand Boat out of Thailand via the Mekong River into Laos around Feb 8th-9th Spend 3 weeks in Northern Laos (the last untouched SE Asian ... read more

North America » United States » California » San Francisco December 6th 2005

Hi All, Last time I updated this blog I was just home from Peru, and was preparing for many changes in my life, one of those being a new job opportunity that I was extremely nervous about and very much looking forward to. Well, that job opportunity went down the tubes quickly...I lost interest about a month ago, and got laid off when the company crumbled last week. I learned a lot during the last four months at MetiLinx...number one, don't trust people and get everything in writing. The one thing good that came out of this is that I am unemployed for the first time in 10 years and in a situation to take some time off. So I am off on another adventure. I have been going back and forth about how I'm going ... read more

North America » United States » California » San Francisco August 17th 2005

So I thought this little adventure was over, but I just got an e-mail from Peru that I had to forward on. My friend Julie (the one I knew previously from Africa) just had to have an operation while in is her e-mail "I barely have the energy to write this and I will fill you in later next week when I return but I was flown by medical jet out of ayacucho and had an emergency appendectomy. It was so scary. I was released today but am still very weak. All I know is that I am going to need some serious therapy after this! I am staying with someone through my Moms connection until I an strong enough to fly. Please let amanda and the Ayacucho girls know. I could use all of ... read more
Back in the City!

North America » United States » California » San Francisco August 11th 2005

I am here. I am tired. I am going to sleep. The End.... read more

North America » United States » New York August 10th 2005

Last night I did a scary thing...I resigned from Computer Associates. I have been at CA for 6 years...was only 22 when I started...and it has been the only real job I have ever known. I'm still a little in shock about it. But an opportunity came up to work for a much smaller company, with some great people who I used to work with at CA. This new position is going to be much different than what I do now. It will be a lot of travel and hard work, but I think I'm up for it. I am ready for something new and challenging! So at the same time that I am looking forward to this new phase in my life...I am also looking back at all the great experiences I had in Peru...and ... read more

North America » United States » New York August 9th 2005

Back in the U.S.A.! But not quite home. I am now in Islandia, New York. I am sitting in the Marriott Hotel across the street from my office. It was been a long day! And it is not over yet. I woke up at 5:00am yesterday morning and said goodbye to Ayacucho. It was sad to leave, but I did have a nice last night. The girls made S'mores in the microwave (because we were too tired to make a fire), then we all gathered in the common room and watched the Director's Cut of Donnie Darko on my laptop, while I drank my last Cristal beer. It was a nice, relaxing evening. A perfect way to end the trip. Alejandro drove me to the airport at around 5:45am and I caught my flight to Lima. ... read more

South America » Peru » Ayacucho August 7th 2005

On the 2 hour bus ride to the starting point for our llama trek I finally finished ¨CHE¨, the biography of Che Guevara, and I can say I now see why he is held in such high regard here and elsewhere in the world. He was a violent man, but a dedicated man as well. Maybe a little misguided, but a man who wanted the right things for people. Finishing that book really added to the excitement of trekking off into the Ayacucho Highlands, a place he had been. It gave me the drive I needed. The hike was not as bad as I expected. I wrapped myself in an ace bandage for my rib, loaded my pack onto the llama, and then began the trek. We hiked through beautiful mountains, which would have been silent ... read more
Tami and I (Last Mile)
The Schoolhouse (Inside)

South America » Peru » Ayacucho August 5th 2005

Almost forgot, yesterday I was at a boy´s home. Not too much to say about it, except that it really seemed like a clean, healthy, positive place. All the boys seemed pretty happy. I spent most of the day with a kid named Freddy, teaching him geography. Freddy´s parents come and see him, but can´t afford the take care of him and his 4 sisters. So they put him in the home. There is also an albino kid there who had 20/100 vision. He had glasses, but would never wear them. So, Dick and Lynn took him to the optometrist and got him new prescription sunglasses. They only improved his vision to 20/50...but still! He is so happy, and it only cost $35USD. Here are some pictures of the kids. ... read more
Freddy with Globe
Group of Boys

South America » Peru » Ayacucho August 5th 2005

Earlier I told you the kids live in the prison with their mothers, but I really didn´t know why. Well, I found out today. Most of these children were born in prison; they allow conjugal visits. The prison has both men and women, but they are segregated. However, if a husband and wife are in prison together, they get visits, and if just the wife is in there, her husband can come visit from the outside. So, needless to say, these women get pregnant in prison. I guess it has become a pretty big problem, so now, if a women wants conjugal visits, they have to take a birth control shot. Now, about the women; as far as I´m concerned, most of them don´t belong in prison. Have you ever seen ¨Maria Full of Grace´? If ... read more
Clarie with Luiz
Little Girl
Another Little Girl

South America » Peru » Ayacucho August 4th 2005

One thing I have forgot to mention about this trip is the food, and people getting sick. This was a major theme to the Africa trip, but here it´s not really a big subject. The food is boring. That´s about the only way I can explain it. Not bad, not good, just food. For example, last night we had white rice (which we have with every meal), some veggie dish, and this potato-based dumpling with some kind of meat and egg white in it. Eatable, but definitely not delicious. A lot of nights there is only vegatable dishes, and on those nights I find myself at Magic Negra ordering a Calzone with Ham, Charizo, and Cheese. Not too bad. The stable dishes here are meat (cow or alpaca) which tastes a little gamey, chicken (which we ... read more

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