travelogue

Observations and Openings in Oaxaca

Mexico

In the late morning, armed with a map of Oaxaca’s central area, I headed out to discover the town. I walked over to the Zocalo (the main square), and before I reached it, I came across protesters who were occupying the square and some of the surrounding streets. At the beginning of my trip, in […]

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The Crossing of the Return Threshold

Bolivia

August 20, 2009 You travel seeking to fulfill a desire to see and experience a place, but you inevitably end up leaving wanting more. Each trip that uncovers a little piece of the world signals that there is much more left to seek out on this miraculous Earth. The vicious cycle of wanderlust. At the […]

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The Beautiful Struggle Comes to an End

Bolivia

August 19, 2009 The last few grains of sand were falling to the bottom of the hourglass; my time in South America was coming to an end. Santa Cruz de la Sierra proved to be a good place to transition back into the “modern” world. It’s a plain and ordinary city that makes you feel […]

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Ginger’s Paradise

Bolivia

August 17, 2009 Some people visit Samaipata and the surrounding areas because of the Ruta del Che which follows Che Guevara’s path from his arrival in Bolivia to the site of his death. You won’t find me sporting a t-shirt with the ubiquitous image of Che Guevara, but I find his life and the way he […]

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Where the Giant Ferns Grow

Bolivia

August 16, 2009 With giant ferns, looks are deceiving. What appear to be tree trunks are actually decomposed plant parts. If you touch one, it feels like dirt rather than wood. This “trunk” made of decayed organic matter protects and supports the palm tree-like fronds that sprout up from the top. Clever and resourceful beings. […]

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The Traveler Community

Bolivia

August 15, 2009 Where the hell is that? Why are you going there? These were the questions asked by the confused faces of people I encountered along my trip when I told them I was going to Samaipata. I didn’t have the answers. From what I’d read about it, I sensed that it would a […]

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Life is Beautiful in Sucre

Bolivia

August 13, 2009 In Sucre, tucked into beautiful buildings are often even more beautiful courtyards. In my search for breakfast, enticed by a sign advertising salteñas, I walked through a lobby into a flowery hidden oasis, pulsating with energy and happiness. Salteñas, somewhat similar to empanadas, are a typical mid-morning snack for Bolivians. I’d arrived during […]

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Amor Fati?

Bolivia

August 12, 2009 As the bus drove away from Uyuni, I looked behind to watch the distance between me and the salt flat grow larger until it disappeared from view. I turned forward to an unknown adventure. I’d slept on my decision, and knew I’d made the right choice to leave the Salar de Uyuni […]

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