Ever Closer

My colleague, Mark, visited Peru some time around 2013. When he returned from his trip, he brought back souvenirs, one of which was a t-shirt from Cusco. I thought it very cool that he was generous enough to give me that t-shirt. Also, I didn’t know it, but his gift sparked in me the desire… Read More

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By Far, 2017…

By far my most adventurous year to date has been 2017. I traveled to 17 new countries that year. Here’s a look back on the people I met and the places I visited. Sadly, I also lost my cousin that year.

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2007 — I took a leap of faith and traveled to South Korea that year. My first friend in Korea and neighbor was also born in 1979 on 10-09. 2013 — Hanguel (Korean Language) Day became a national holiday that year. Thereafter I found it easier to schedule parties or trips on my birthday so… Read More

Just Dates?

1979: I was born on the same day, October 9, that historians agree Hanguel, the Korean language, was proclaimed in 1446, which was also the day on which Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara de la Serna was assassinated by Bolivian agents working under the order of the US CIA, in 1967. 1985: I took my first Tae… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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 to escape, they risked being severely punished. The work involved pain. Each time… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More