2017 … So Far

I had been working in Dammam, Saudi Arabia since August 2016. I hadn’t been to the capital city, Riyadh, yet. However, things soon changed for me. Dammam is only a thirty minute car ride from Bahrain. On weekends I made my way to Bahrain’s capital city, Manama.   In late January I took a trip…

Cusco

The night I arrived in Cusco, the moon hung lonely in the sky. I was so talen by the view that I asked the taxi driver to pull over so that I could take a photo. I am glad I did. 

Along The Way

Here is a list of the people I met while hiking to the summit of Machu Picchu. Sure, there were plenty more people, but these are thise that stand out. 1) There was a 12 y/o boy from Sao Paulo who hiked to montaña Machu Picchu with his mother. He complained about the problems in…

Chincha Sour

Yojjana, a cute 21 year old caramel complected Chincha native, made my Chincha Sour behind the bar. It was delicious and sour as it should be. Perfecto! I drank with my driver, whose name I did not write down so I have since forgotten. He had fresh squeezed orange juice so as not to betray…

Cotton Picking

It was hot. There was no end to the amount of work they did. The hours were from sunrise to sunset. They were in a foreign land far from their home. Escaping was not a realistic option. If they made an attempt they risked being severely punished. The work involved pain. Each time they picked…

Peru Reboot

I had the pleasure of visiting the lovely country known as Peru. Times sure flies, because it will soon be a full two years since I was there in August 2015. This time around I have decided to ascend the Inca trail to reach Machu Picchu. Well, not exactly. I will ride a train instead…

Aquí Estamos: Black Peru

Originally posted on Siyah En Perú:
When discussing the African diaspora and the descendants of those who survived the middle passage, most people think of countries like the United States, West Indies, Cuba, or Colombia but very rarely does Peru come to mind. We often think of Peru as the land inhabited by the descendants…

Making Connections

While in Peru I took a train from the centre of Lima to the city’s outskirts with my student, Nancy Edith. Together we rode the city bus and train — both modes of transportation regularly used by many residents of Lima. It was only hours before I was scheduled to depart for Atlanta, Georgia. That night, at Nancy’s…

International Teacher

I had a wonderful time teaching trainees in Peru. In January and February, during Korea’s winter season, I hope to return to Peru to visit the many students I met during my time instructing trainees at Punta Hermosa. Those teachers came from various cities in Peru (Iquitos, Arequipa, Puno, Ancash, among others). They worked hard…

Impressions of Peru

Drive-by  Lima, Peru Miraflores –an oasis of affluence, beauty, and culture, in the otherwise working class bustling surrounding that is Lima– has its own appeal set apart from that of Peru’s touristy attractions like Machu Picchu, the Amazon, and Lake Titcaca. Unfortunately for me time did not allow me to visit those locales. Instead, during my…

Hoy

5:30am Hoy desperté en el hostal PuriWasi a las cinco y media de la manaña. Sali de ahi y fuí al parque Kennedy a ver a la gente y decidir que comer. Me encontré con una mujer que me habia servido en un restaurante en Miraflores en el que comí ayer, fuimos a una panadería…

En Peru

There is a wealth of love and compassion in Peru. It must be discovered by everybody!