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26th November 2014

It's very interesting to see how styles and fashion differ from culture to culture. I think it's amazing that your blog life is so expansive. Life is short. See the world that God has made. Awesome!
26th November 2014

Thank you Kikki. Are you planning a trip to Bolivia? or just day dreaming reading blogs, like I sometimes do?
13th September 2014
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Colors galore!
What an incredible assortment of hats and portraits! I'm in awe of your ability to catch these images in a country where traditional people are photo-phobic. You are clearly a master photographer and a sneaky dog.
From Blog: Hats of Peru.
13th September 2014
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Yeah, master sneaky dog!
From Blog: Hats of Peru.
9th September 2014
Spectacular Caterpillar

Spectacular
Exhilerating adventure carried me with your words. The sloth is beautiful but me thinks what this caterpillar will become will be more beautiful still.
9th September 2014
Spectacular Caterpillar

You're right Dave. The caterpillar was kind of spectacular - in a shivery kind of way!
9th September 2014

The wild jungle, ""often uncomfortable, but always beautiful."
What a great adventure you've painted with your magic words. Great photos, but really it's your amazing writing that brings this all alive; the tiny owl monkeys "huge eyes peeping worriedly beneath white brows"--I recognized the photo immediately. So glad you got to be intimate with that illusive sloth you've been seeking. The jungle lodge seemed massively expensive (to me), but oh, so worth it. Glad you had a fab time!
9th September 2014

You're right Tara, it was hugely expensive, but a snip compared to some of the others I could find, and it was so worth it. Blew a huge whole in our budget though - there will be a blog soon about the 'poor man's Galapagos' as we couldn't afford the real thing - hopefully, that's for another trip. And holding that sloth was worth a million dollars!!!
25th August 2014
The Henry

Outside of time
Sounds like a perfectly lazy life--time dictated only by when you'd receive your princely portion of meals. So many amazing sights--those stalwart porters, skies that went on forever, the comfortable/uncomfortable way of life. You've inspired me!
17th August 2014
Pedro Veli

Holding tradition in your hands
This is one of the most touching blogs I've ever read. You captured the man, the artist so beautifully, I saw these gourds in Cusco, but now understand the difference between the mass-produced ones (still requiring a lot of skill and sacrifice of fingers) and the old, story-telling ones to be cherished. Oh, to have some space in my pack. Lucky you, in your gourd, you'll be able to cherish the memories of Pedro and his family forever.
From Blog: The Gourd Man.
17th August 2014
Pedro Veli

I too, Tara, saw all the gourds and thought 'tourist tat', until we saw Pedro at work. It's so different when you can meet the maker, and see how much effort, time and love goes into the making of something. By the time we get back to London, I'll have been carrying the gourd around with me for three months or so, but it's worth it. When we eventually get another place to live, I want to fill it with objects that tell a story and make my memories breathe!
From Blog: The Gourd Man.
15th August 2014

Summed up perfectly
I came across your blog as I am currently sat on the veranda of the snowgoose and thought I woud research a bit. Wish I had stumbled accross it sooner as it would have made me less apprehenisve of visiting Kashmir and can now see for myself the beauty it offers. My only regret is having to deal with the touts and I wish I had got a tuk tuk straight to the backdoor of the snowgoose. I have to go now as the ice cream seller is just floating by!
11th August 2014
Saint Sebastian

Well captured celebration!
Your prose painted such a vivid picture of this event that I smelled the incense and sensed the awe and magic felt by the crowd. Then again, your photos transported me there perfectly. So glad you had a sunny day for this picture-perfect celebration.
5th August 2014

Great insights!
How fabulous that you had Flora Tristan to flesh out the nuns' life in that riotously colored and sometimes riotous monastery! Given the too-often oppressive state of Spanish colonial wives, it sounds as if these nuns had it pretty good. Love your photos--such color!
5th August 2014

Thanks Tara. I really appreciate your comments on my blogs. Gives me a lift! If you can get hold of Flora while you're in Arequipa, think you'd like it. I left our copy in the Belgian café in Iquitos, if you ever make it there!
30th July 2014

Such wild hats!
Great photos, as usual. FYI--you need 500 words to have gotten this gem on the front page for all to see--just a thought for your next photo essay.
29th July 2014
Coralled

Adorable
Love this one
28th July 2014

Your photos are amazing.
19th July 2014

Sublime serenity!
How wonderful that you intrepid explorers stayed on the little-visited, Isla de la Luna--I'll be keen to voyage to this slice of heaven on my next Copa stop. I love these sea-anemone-like skirts in the sun as well as your evocative descriptions: "we felt tiny, indistinct, but connected to the whole." Lovely photos and prose.
21st July 2014

Hope you make it to 'the moon' Tara! We stayed at Hostal Phaxsi Uta. Felix was the caretaker - he can be contacted on 71211683. Think you'd love it!
19th July 2014
Water, Air, Earth

Titicaca photos
Fantastic scenery and some lovely photos.
30th June 2014
So much to choose from...

Sacred tat
Great sacred and profane account of wild Copa, and as you say, who needs car insurance when you're blitzed and blessed?
30th June 2014
So much to choose from...

I like it - 'Sacred tat'! Better than my title! You're so good (and quick) at reading my blogs! Thanks.
26th June 2014
Orange Howler Monkey

Incredible photos!
Insightful analysis of the animal refuge. I guess if the animals can't be reintroduced to the wild, it doesn't hurt so much that they are being handled. However, good thing that they discourage visitors from touching the animals since it seems they don't have the safety issue in hand. And it did make for some amazing photos!
From Blog: Sende Verde.

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