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10 Things Peru Gets Wrong

November 17, 2013
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10 Things Peru Gets Wrong

Obviously, I have to add a disclaimer for a travel piece with that kind of title. I don’t intend this to imply my American, male, white wily ways are the only way one can view the Earth. Rather, I personally just found some aspects of life in Peru (particularly #3) frustrating, as I have...
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Times I’ve Felt Like An Outsider

November 15, 2013
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Times I’ve Felt Like An Outsider

“You know the worst part of traveling? And I don’t talk about this much. Maybe never. But, God knows, it’s always in my mind. The worst part is when you run into people with closed-minds, or minds that only open for the familiar, which is basically the same thing.” - Loco in Yokohama, Baye...
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I’m an American and I use the Metric System

November 14, 2013
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I’m an American and I use the Metric System

I like to say my weight in kilograms and my height in centimeters. When I’m describing how far away something is, my default measurement is kilometers, not miles. And yet, this is supposed to be shocking? That someone who was born into thinking a certain way evolved, based on empirical evidence and convenience? Subscribing...
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Long Distance Buses in Peru

November 4, 2013
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Long Distance Buses in Peru

The green “TOURISM AREQUIPA” sign lit atop the yellow frame made me feel a little calmer. I had been trying to locate a legitimately licensed cab company after hearing reports that in addition to visiting the Santa Catalina Monastery, getting driven out into the desert by a bogus driver, beaten, and robbed was a...
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Nintendo Made Me Visit The Nazca Lines

November 3, 2013
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Nintendo Made Me Visit The Nazca Lines

The Hummingbird I knew about Nazca before I had ever heard of Macchu Picchu. It was 1994, and I was in the middle of playing Illusion of Gaia on SNES. It’s fair to say that game planted a huge seed in my subconsciousness, playing upon my desire to travel the world in the future;...
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No Power Means No Juice

October 28, 2013
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There are many perils in choosing to live in a developing country like Peru. Overnight buses are occasionally stopped and robbed at gunpoint; Montezuma’s Revenge strikes each and every traveler eventually; there’s always going to be a lack of good bacon, cheese, and turkey. I could deal with most of these, but there’s something...
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What’s it like being in Peru?

October 19, 2013
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What’s it like being in Peru?

I’ve given you the details of a day in my shoes, but I feel like that piece doesn’t really give travelers a sense of what it’s like living in Peru. Some things are so comfortable and familiar, in a way I never would have found in Asia. Others bordering on the extreme, downright dangerous....
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Plotting a Return to Japan

October 18, 2013
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Plotting a Return to Japan

It’s no secret Japan has weighed heavily on my mind since I left in 2008. I had a good setup there: - A brand-new apartment in a quiet area with a heated toilet seat. In the mornings I could run to a park overlooking Kinko Bay and see Sakurajima smoking in the distance. -...
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Hot Springs in Peru

October 13, 2013
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Hot Springs in Peru

As a hot springs connoisseur, I was surprised to find little-to-no information on those pools closest to Arequipa, in the town of Yura (pronounced “jura”). I had heard that these particular hot baths were subpar in both temperature and ambience, but since they were off the beaten path in a country where it’s difficult...
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Things I may never get used to in Peru

October 6, 2013
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Things I may never get used to in Peru

This isn’t meant to come off as negative, but I’m still very sick and not in the best mood… my apologies if it does. I’ve had the chance to notice many things in Peru that shock me into reality. Dogs on Rooftops Yes, you read that correctly. Although I found the stray beasts around...
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