Going Home

My feelings about returning home from South America were quite complicated, a strange mix of sadness and anticipation, of struggle and apprehension. I expected to stay with the group for four months but came back home after three. I was clear about this decision and yet apprehensive about re-adjusting to my previous life. My trip so completely consumed me, I was so immersed in day-to-day challenges that home now seemed distant and even strange. This is how it all fell out.
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Peru: Tripping and Touring, Part 3

On our second day in Cusco, now in possession of all our luggage, getting acclimated to the altitude and with one 1/2 day tour under our belt, we were ready for our 2-day overnight excursion to the Sacred Valley and the iconic Machu Picchu.

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Peru: Touring and Tripping, Part 2

I first visited Lima, Peru in 2008 for an AMCIS conference and afterward took a short, 2-day trip to Cusco and Machu Picchu.  I might not have gone again in March but my son Eric was interested and it was a way for us to celebrate his upcoming birthday together. I must say, it was all “lovelier the second time around”!

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Peru: Hanging in Lima, Part 2

What? An ancient pyramid in the center of town?

Huaca Pucllana

Huaca PucllanaYup, Lima has one right in Miraflores district.  On my first visit to Lima in 2010,  I stayed across the street from this marvel;  this time we were a few miles away.  Built in terraces, the adobe and clay structure dates from the fifth century.  It now serves as an archeological museum and one of the top restaurants in Lima.  Nope, I didn’t eat there, but I did enjoy other culinary delights.

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Highlights from Chile

February, the second month of my adventure, was l-o-n-g. To say our accommodations were lacking would be diplomatic and kind. Decrepit and malfunctioning would be more like it. Pangea196 really messed up on this one. My room-mate and I just bucked up and made the best of it with grit, determination, and a sense of humor. Despite the daily difficulties, I managed to have some fun and interesting experiences.

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Chile: A Tale of Two Cities

Chile was the second destination on my digital nomad tour, and Valparaíso (Valpo) was the intended city. Everything I read about it peaked my interest — words like bohemian, artsy, colorful, and poetic appealed to me. I was looking forward to more street art, more museums, and the iconic elevators that you can ride up the hills.

But that’s not where we stayed. Our program had some housing issues that I never completely  understood and my room-mate and I wound up about 6 miles away from the rest of our group in a small rustic cabin in a working-class neighborhood in Viña del Mar.

And, so starts the tale of two cities

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