You deserve the best. Has anyone ever told you that? Well, it’s true. And because you deserve the best, I’ve decided to delay the publication of my e-book. It will ...
I call him Esperanzo. I first saw him in June, ripping through a garbage bag on the side of a road in central Cusco, his ribs and hip bones jutting out grotesquely from his soiled white fur. When he discovered the bag held only dirt, he dug through it anyway; after finding nothing, he walked [...]
The Ccochahuasi Animal Sanctuary is a privately-owned, family-run organization in the Sacred Valley of Peru that rescues exotic animals that have been injured or have been used for cruel entertainment purposes. When my friend Kim asked me to come on a field trip with her Advanced English class to help them practice English, I immediately jumped [...]
Grief. Who among us can escape its snare? Back in May, I met an American woman in her 60s who had come to South America after falling into a deep desolation when her husband passed away. “I was a mess,” she said, shaking her head. “Then, one day, my best friend said, ‘Let’s go to [...]
So I’m writing a book. If you know me at all, this isn’t news to you. I’ve been “writing a book” for three years now. In fact, my friends are like… I’m posting this promise on the Internet now so you can hold me accountable. In 2011, my first attempt at writing a book was [...]
There are three ways to get to the famous 15th century Inca site of Machu Picchu: Hiking Train Bus or Car ( A lesser known option and, depending on whom you ask, maybe dangerous). If you decide to take a train to Machu Picchu, there are two options for train companies: PeruRail Inca Rail Both [...]
Cusco is a noisy place (fireworks go off all the time), so I am not too surprised when I’m jerked from my sleep by a “bang bang bang!” But this sounds different. I jolt up in bed and check the time on my phone: 6 a.m. Who the heck is knocking on my door at 6 a.m.? [...]
They say childhood is when you form deep wounds that carry over into adulthood and affect your behavior. I don’t know if that’s true (I’ve never been a big fan of Freudian theory) but if I had to pinpoint a time, I guess it all started in Kindergarten. I was sitting with my mom at [...]
You’re scared. I know. I was too. Before heading to Cusco, I obsessively scoured the Internet for information about altitude sickness. I even read a couple of articles about people who died from altitude sickness (or complications from it). This almost led me to cancel my trip to Cusco and Machu Picchu. That was silly for [...]
When I was little, my grandma would leave the U.S. every few months to visit the Philippines. I always cried when she left. With hands pressed up against the cool window at the airport gate, I would try to find her seated on the plane so I could wave goodbye.
Often she would tell me stories of when she was a little girl growing up with nine siblings on a farm, where she played among the water buffalo and the banana trees.