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Pinterest Traffic Avalanche Review: How I DOUBLED My Pinterest Traffic in 4 Weeks

You know that feeling when you fork over your hard-earned cash for an online course that promises you the moon but leaves you feeling empty handed?That's how I felt BEFORE I purchased Pinterest Traffic Avalanche.Let me explain.Savvy bloggers know Pinterest has unmatched potential to drive insane traffic to your blog. So back in June 2016, I bought a popular and pricey Pinterest course because everyone online seemed to be raving about it. The course itself wasn't bad, it just…

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In Stories

When You’re Lost

“How are you going to find the answers if you keep avoiding the questions?” I like this diner we’re sitting in. It reminds me of a hot summer night in Havana (though I’ve never been to Cuba), which is precisely the kind of thing you want to be reminded of when it’s a cold autumn night in Toronto. The turquoise tiles (they’re the color of those vintage cars you see in photos of Havana) gleam under the globe pendant lights hanging over the bar…

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In Cusco

What’s the Weather Like in Cusco, Peru?

“The weather of the Andes is like the women of the Andes: changeable and unpredictable.” – A popular Cusco saying When I first landed in Cusco, I was decked out in two layers of shirts and pants, a jacket, a scarf, knee-high boots and wool socks—because a city high up in the Peruvian Andes must be cold all the time, right? I soon found out how wrong I was. When I walked outside of the Cusco airport, I started sweating…

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In Cusco

Transportation in Cusco, Peru

An old man was asking me something in Spanish as I sat, hunched over and groaning, on the side of the main square where the colectivo (shared van) had dropped me off. I had just finished a nearly two-hour ride through curvy roads and high mountains to get to Ollantaytambo, a city in the Sacred Valley of Cusco, and even though my body was now on stable ground, my stomach felt like it was still on that colectivo. I couldn’t…

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In Cusco

How to Get to Cusco From Lima

After spending four months planning my trip and forking out more than US$3,000 on flights and lodging, the time had come to begin my first solo international trip and my first trip to South America. With my 30-pound backpack and a whole lot of optimism in tow, I boarded the first of three flights to get to Cusco.…

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17 Foods You Must Try in Peru

Peru is widely regarded as one of the best countries in the world for food lovers. Its capital, Lima, is often called the culinary capital of South America. So of course, I'd be remiss if I didn't tell you my favorite typical foods in Peru that I tried while I was in Cusco. Famous dishes such as ceviche originated in Peru, as well as some of the most adventurous ones, like cuy al horno (roasted guinea pig). …

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In Cusco

How to Plan a Trip to Peru (From Someone Who Did It Three Times)

One month before the date I was scheduled to start my long-term trip to Peru, I still hadn’t booked my flights, gotten the recommended vaccinations, or even thought about what I was going to pack. Trying to juggle the travel preparation, especially since it was going to be my first long-term international trip, with my work and daily life was overwhelming. There were many moments, in the midst of my frustration, when I almost canceled the entire trip.If this is…

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