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Celebrating in Miami

Sitting on the rooftop of our hotel in Miami, David and I clinked champagne flutes filled with our favorite beer together at precisely midnight, in celebration of the end of our 28th year of marriage. We had spent the last two weeks in Peru on a trip through the sacred valley.  We flew into Miami, […]

Education in Cusco

Knowing that I love to cook, David signed us up for a  private cooking class with a local chef in Cusco.  It was a marvelous afternoon.  Chef Richard took us to the local market which was a huge warehouse filled to the brim with fruit, meat, bread, cheese and any other various food items you […]

Mrs. Doolittle

Yes, I am allergic to animals.  Yes, I am especially allergic to wool, whether still on the beast or presented as a brightly colored alpaca scarf.  I did my best at the Pisac market to have Dave handle all the alpaca scarves and sweaters we purchased for our family but men really don’t have the […]

Mary Had a Little Lamb

Pisac is a wonderful rural town in the Sacred Valley of Peru.  The big draw for Pisac is the Pisac Market.  At the crack of dawn every morning local people come into the town square and put up their vendor stalls packed with all things Peruvian.  Every evening when the sun goes down those same […]

On Top of the World

One spectacular 2-hour train ride through the Andean mountains beside the rushing water of the Urubamba River, one harrowing 25-minute bus ride up the switch back dirt and cobble stone road and finally we arrived at Machu Picchu. Turning the corner from the entrance I was instantly in love with this wondrous place nestled between […]

Superman’s Kryptonite

There are several hikes you can take from the ruins at Machu Picchu.  David, my ever vigilant trip researcher, looked at all of these hikes and decided that most of them were way over our heads as travel warriors.  So we picked the easiest option, hike to the Sun Gate.  This is actually the last […]

Parades, Trumpets and Pee-ers, oh my!

We left our hotel in Urubamba narrowly escaping a giant parade.  It seems what we thought was a large parade at the square the day before, was only one small part of the real parade.  Our guide for the day, Juan Carlos, explained to us that the parade was made up of many villages that […]

Is that a Gorilla?

Dave and I do tend to wander around like the “village idiots” but sometimes this technique in travelling leads to spectacular adventures.   In Urubamba we headed down what would be the width of an alley in the US but was considered a road here.  The buildings were colorfully decorated and in various states of disrepair.  […]

Come to my kitchen

Dave and I left the sanctuary of our resort to wander down the main road in Urubamba in search of a well-reviewed restaurant called 3 Keros.  David’s internet research indicated that it was “just across the street” from our hotel.  Walking out the front gate we looked across the street only to find a refueling […]

Are You Serious?

David and I stood and watched with dismay as the last of the passengers on our flight snatched the last bag off the conveyor belt at the airport in Lima.  One more empty turn around the carousel and it was official our little red bag had taken a vacation of its own. Earlier in the […]