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There is something thrilling about keeping a secret, the good kind of secret. The kind that makes you smile just thinking of it, and makes you keep it to yourself lest outside opinions should tarnish its shine. It was a secret of this sort that compelled me to drive a couple of hours to a […]
Did you know you can build a bridge with a question? I had just gotten off the plane from Cusco, eyes red and puffy from crying, stomach growling from not eating in the past 24 hours, my shoulders slumped under the weight of my backpack and something else I couldn’t quite name. As I trudged […]
Just in time for the holiday season, my car’s dashboard is twinkling like a Christmas lights display. It’s been alerting me that I need an oil change for eight weeks now. It’s been warning me that I’m low on gas for the past three days. 72 miles left…50 miles…40… I wonder how long I can […]
You know how when you get something you REALLY like, two months later, you’re like, “But WHAT IF there’s something BETTER out there?” No? That might just be me. I was living quite happily in a bedroom in a shared “hospedaje”/hostel/guesthouse, with an expat family and several other foreign guests, but after a month, I […]
Many people have been emailing me to ask about the best neighborhoods in Cusco, Peru. Below are my personal favorites. I have rented places in the top three. (Okay, so maybe I rented the apartment in San Blas for only one night–but that’s a story for another time.) 1. San Blas Yes, this will be […]
I don’t know what to do with the love letters. I’d forgotten about them until I stumbled upon their crumpled pages in the untouched recesses of my backpack; I suppose I’d mindlessly stuffed them there while packing for South America back in April, thinking I’d need them later. Throwing them into a trashcan seems too […]
Planning a trip to Machu Picchu can be stressful (I know; I’ve done it twice!), so I’ve put together a list of 15 things I wish I’d known before visiting Machu Picchu. I hope this helps! 1. It’s worth getting there early. I can’t stress this enough: Get there early (first bus from Aguas Calientes […]
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As a general rule of life, no matter how certain you were about a decision when you made it, you will second guess it just as the door is being closed on your other options. As you swipe your credit card at the store, you’ll wonder if you should’ve gotten that other dress instead, or […]