A Teenager’s View of Peru

September 30, 2014 6 Comments »

Megan looked at me before she entered the little simple bathroom in our hotel guest house in Ollantaytambo to take a shower. She said in an unsure voice, “I really hope there’s hot water.” She then crossed herself as if she were going into Catholic mass and stepped inside. I was left doubled over giggling […]

It’s a Jungle Out There

September 23, 2014 6 Comments »

peru jungle trekking

“The tarantulas are out all night so they won’t care if we are running a bit late,” our amazon jungle guide responded when I asked him if we could move back our night jungle hike in order to watch the World Cup USA/Portugal game. I was actually surprised at his answer for two reasons. First, […]

Machu Picchu a Decade Later

September 16, 2014 15 Comments »

I’m in the same place a decade later, sitting on the terraces of Machu Picchu. The scenery has the same awe-inspiring feel. And once again for the 2nd time I am left wondering ‘how did the Incas do that?’ as I gaze upon the stone architecture. There is a constant din of noise filling the […]

Inca Trail Alternate Route

September 11, 2014 22 Comments »

alternate sun gate Peru

Taking the Inca Trail through the Sun Gate to Machu Picchu seems to be on everyone’s bucket list these days. The problem – not everyone can go on the Inca Trail (even if you plan it months in advance) as there are only 200 tourist permits given out a day for the trail. If you […]

Into Thin Air with a Teenager

September 3, 2014 7 Comments »

Andes trek

“I’ve lost my desire to Snap Chat,” Megan proclaimed weakly. Now I knew I had a serious issue on my hands. Actually I knew it was rather serious the night before when she lay in the tent napping after our first day of hiking and her breathing would all of a sudden get rapid and […]

New Perspectives in the Sacred Valley

August 26, 2014 3 Comments »

The man with the wooden flute plays a joyful high-pitched tune; the same few bars of notes over and over again. He is dressed in multi-color clothes, a warm woolen hat, and is accompanied by another man beating out the time on his little drum. The gro We simply follow the music as if he […]

Bumpy Beginnings Niece Project 3.0

August 19, 2014 11 Comments »

“Wait a minute, I don’t have my backpack.” Megan said as she searched around the back section of the car where the other 3 bags were. Frank, her father, was driving us to the airport and had just remarked “We’ll be there with plenty of time” as we merged onto the freeway towards the airport. […]

Week In-Stagram Review Niece Project 3.0

June 19, 2014 7 Comments »

Lima Cliffs Parque Grau

This week marks the beginning of a new Niece Project!  Megan and I left Minnesota and headed south for Lima Peru to start our journey.  As soon as we got on the plane and took off I was reminded of how much fun these trips are for me.  It didn’t take long before Megan had […]

The Niece Project Version 3.0

May 15, 2014 11 Comments »

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Summer is about here – and it means kids will be on summer vacation – AND it means that another Niece Project is in motion! I’m starting to wonder if each niece is trying to ‘outdo’ the other. Considering we have some of the same genes, I can completely understand the desire to go further […]

Travel Charms

November 19, 2013 12 Comments »

evil eye

I’ve been traveling for 7 years, thanks to a little luck, I’ve had relatively few bad luck experiences. Sure, I’ve experienced some issues – luggage delayed a number of times, flights canceled, items stolen, faulty gear, and illnesses. But none of these things were ever really serious or horrible. Not like my friend Charlie’s story […]

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