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Apparently Elvis once ran for mayor in Ollantaytambo And to make matters more interesting, he now lives there as a duck (see close up below)

Commuters encountered on the hike from Calca to the Huchuy Qosqo ruins near Lamay Just like a Martin Chambi photo, no? Which way to las ruinas?

It just wouldn´t be a religious holiday without the self-induced suffering.  And the whipping.  Even the kids get to take part! Get me to the Plaza on time!  (We will meet back up with these guys a little later…) The little guy was enjoying the whip quite a bit Often those are toy stuffed llamas on […]

I´ve entered myself into another photo/ writing contest, which again turns out to be a popularity-voting contest.  However with this one, there is no signing in or registering…you just click!  AND, you can vote once a day, every day, and keep voting and voting and voting for me! 1. just go here:‎ 2. look for […]

Plaza de Armas, Cusco, 11:30am See Flickr for additional kids in costumes, with balloons!

This monitor at the hostal is very bad so I can´t tell if I´m choosing the best exposures…

with a stray hair on the sensor.  luckily I discovered that now and hopefully got it out of there…

Sunday was El Dia de La Madre here in Peru, which is similar to Mother´s Day in the U.S., except that here all citizens are required to go to the bakery and then carry around a cake in a box covered with hearts.  There were also a couple local celebrations going on in the Sacred Valley, so when […]

Marilyn with tarjeta de la Dia de las Madres: “Happy Mother´s Day Mommy, you are the prettiest of all the parents, a flower that blooms in my garden. For this I love you Mom.”

Aldea Yanapay – Mi Grupo de Amor: Arni, Roberto Iomira, Zakhia, Naysha, Jazmin, Lucero, Me Claudia, Rosy, Cecilia (not shown – Cristian) The presentation of the continents went great!  I contend that Cecilia and my group was the best, most prepared, and most creative!  We had a couple missing kids and a couple new kids, […]

Feliz Cumpleños a mi hermana, Lynn!! Jazmin y Marita Lots of news and developments the last few days.  I just found out I will not be going to Pilcopata to volunteer in July and August.  The volunteer coordinator just quit, for many many reasons, mostly based around how the organization is being run and how the […]

Enjoying chicha at the Chinchero Market   The ruins at Chinchero Starting the hike from Chinchero Boys with their sheep.  They asked us where we were going…In hindsight we think this is where we got distracted and “I” lost the trail! I took the lead and, hmmmm…where did the trail go?   Trying to re-find the […]

Bored with making friendship bracelets, one of my art class students grabbed a paper mache mask from the shelf and put it over his face. With the skill of a true comedian, he patiently sat and waited for a reaction. I turned around, saw him in the painted tiger face, and exclaimed, “Hola, Señor Tigre!” […]

At the Yanapay school there is a deaf girl, Clara.  She´s a little older than most of the kids, and no one seems too sure of her situation.  Does she go to school still?  How much can she hear and understand?  How much can she read and write?  I´ve been very concerned about her and […]

I was finally able to buy some butter at the Mega Supermercado yesterday.  All last week, lots of margarine on the shelves, but no butter.  I was trying to decide between a large one or a small one, attempting to recall how quickly I go through butter, when I realized that it made no economic sense […]

My hiking plans for the day fell fell through, so I jumped on a bus to Pisac to see the Big Market Day.  I was a little hesitant to go, after reading and hearing how it is swamped with tourists as well as little girls with cute lambs begging you to pay them to take their […]

Here are some photos from trips to various markets.  Beware, some photos are not intended to be viewed by the faint of heart or vegeterians.  More market photos on Flickr after the Tipon photos. Chicken feet like brilliant stars in the sky… First time I asked to take someone´s pic – I couldn´t pass it […]

Schoolgirl waiting for combi – Cusco, Peru There’s always that kid on the school bus who throws up one morning.  The problem is that here, the school bus is also my bus.  And the bus is actually a combi – a tiny, third-hand Toyota van with seats to hold about 18, but with standing room […]

The Lunches of Pampa del Castillo street. “Menu” on the signs means the economical, set lunch menu – typically with soup, a second, and a drink. More can be seen here.

Mi amiga Joetta told me we were going to “look at” some Inca terraces near Ollantaytambo (Oy-yan-tie-tom-bo), about an hour and a half outside of Cusco.  After a few hours of hiking in the sun, crossing a rushing stream, and climbing up the steep stone steps of the terraces, I realized I had not brought […]

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