straight-up “mine blowing”!

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Once we finally chose a tour operator from a plethora of options, and gave up on finding Michael, a friend we met in La Paz, we left to tour the southwest region of Bolivia. We spent 3 days trying to … Continue reading

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in[La Paz]ible

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We drove along Lake Titicaca for a few hours, crossed a narrow bit of it on a boat, and then drove east away from it a short ways to get to La Paz, the economic capital of Bolivia and the … Continue reading

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[Inca]nceivable – video post 3

A chance to travel with Lisa & Gilmer, and a goodbye to long-time fellow trekker John. Colca Canyon, Machu Picchu and Isla del Sol are featured in this montage. Don’t forget to watch it in high-definition (720p at full screen looks awesome)!

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the top of the world

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At Machu Picchu we were at about 9,000 feet in elevation. Back in Cusco we were staying at closer to 11,000 feet. We said goodbye to John, Lisa, and Gilmer, and hung out for a few more days. After that, … Continue reading

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¡Macho Pachow!

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Ah, Machu Picchu- the gem of South America it seems. Maybe one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. The most popular way to do it is to backpack in- via the Inca trail or some other trail, and arrive … Continue reading

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northward bound – video post 2

We’re taking advantage of the good internet to upload these videos. This one covers from Bariloche, Argentina to the border between Chile & Peru with special musical guests La Gauchada. Enjoy!

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gettin’ high on altitude

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­Up until we crossed into Peru, it seemed like the differences in culture from our own (ethnocentric, I know, but it’s for the sake of context) that we had been experiencing in our travels were far from vast. Yes, Uruguay, … Continue reading

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trekkin’ hard – video post 1

VIDEO POSTS! We’ve been taking videos this whole trip and decided that we better do something with them otherwise they’ll just sit on a hard drive forever and no one will ever see them. We’ve edited some of them into a sort of a montage. This first video contains the Uruguay, Buenos Aires, and a good chunk of Patagonia. More videos to come. Enjoy!

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Argentine Andes to the Chilean coast

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Goodbye Kyle Mapp, goodbye Bariloche- you will both be missed. After an overnight bus ride, we woke up in Ciudad de Mendoza, still Argentina. Out of the deep south, out of Patagonia, and straight into the middle of the South … Continue reading

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the deep south, part 3

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Okay, so it was out of Torres del Paine National park, and back in Puerto Natales. There we relaxed, recuperated briefly, ate another delicious breakfast, and bought bus tickets to get back to Argentina. We went straight from Chile’s ‘trekking … Continue reading

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the deep south, part 2

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First, let me apologize- my last blog post was inadequate. I got lazy. I sold you short on my writing and tried to make up for it with pictures. Pictures are nice, I’m sure, but they lack the commentary which … Continue reading

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the deep south, part 1

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Last time I wrote was from Buenos Aires (this is a revised version of what I wrote since Buenos Aires). While there we saw only some of the sights, making it to Casa Rosada (where Evita made her famous speech) … Continue reading

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the beginning: Uruguay to Argentina

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It has been a very interesting two-weeks since my first post. That very night (January 3rd) our journey began with a couple bus rides to the Richmond District in San Francisco (later buses than we had planned because it took … Continue reading

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south by southeast

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Women of Latin America BEWARE: the LaBarge brothers, infamous for leaving piles of broken hearts in their wake, are about to blaze a trail through your continent- and with Karl Keefer on board, they will in fact be unstoppable. No, … Continue reading

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Africa 2010 – video post

I finally got around to editing my Africa videos into something worth watching. The video quality is considerably lower than the more recent montages and this was before image stabilization, so bare with me.

A quick shout out to some of the volunteers I was in Africa with: Dr. Bill Fleenor, Geetika Joshi, Dan Nover, Aaron Luna, Amelia Holmes, Sean Kearney, Paige Bonno, Lee Reiners, Elena Botella, Gail Bachman, and Dave Gomez.

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out of Africa

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So I am now home from Africa. What a trip! My body, mind, soul- you name it, it has somehow changed shape due to that enormously beautiful continent. It was a lot- a lot to take in. This was really … Continue reading

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Rama-domination

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Since I last wrote I have left Ethiopia. I think by the time I did (or certainly by now) I had at least a bit of a better understanding of the people I found there. I’m still not sure how … Continue reading

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stranger in a strange land

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It was a short flight from Nairobi to Addis Ababa- especially after all the long bus rides. And then there was Gail and her beautiful face. I can’t even explain how happy I was to see her after almost two … Continue reading

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on African advertising

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A spectre is haunting Africa- no, not communism, the spectre of advertising. I have now been to 3 major cities in East Africa- Kampala, Dar es Salaam, and Nairobi- advertisements are absolutely EVERYWHERE. There are the little things- all ‘litter … Continue reading

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a tale of 2 cultures

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A bus from Moshi to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, a ferry to Zanzibar for a bit of rest and relaxation, a bus from Dar, across the Kenyan border, to Mombasa, and a long train ride to Nairobi since I’ve … Continue reading

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beyonda Uganda

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It’s strange how quickly a place can go from being completely foreign to feeling like home. By the time we were wrapping up our projects and making plans to leave, Nkokonjeru had become a place where I not only knew … Continue reading

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developing my world

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There is something, though, that has stuck with me for a while and so I want to back track a bit and tell you about it. Travelling here was strange. It started with a night in a beautiful condo in the … Continue reading

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providence house revival

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Nkokonjeru is a very religious community. The whole town basically revolves around the Catholic Church and the convent which is kindly hosting us EWB volunteers. The nursery, primary, and secondary schools are all Catholic and everyone seems to make it … Continue reading

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me, Mzungu, Ronaldo

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Greetings from Uganda! I’ve only been here 5 days but I’m already learning that the hardest part of traveling is simply prying oneself from the comfort and security of home. Being in such a foreign land where I know nothing of the language, culture, … Continue reading

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