Lake Titicaca – Copacabana and Puno

Introduction We arrived at Lake Titicaca on the Altiplano. According to Inca lore, this is the place where the Sun and Moon were born. We were amazed by the animal representations on traditional reed boats. The animal images repeated themselves everywhere we went. Coincidental? Maybe. Then we saw the Tellytubby building. We were reminded we.....
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April 24, 2019

Bolivia – Part 2 – Sucre, Potosi & Salar de Uyuni

Introduction We crept through the dark, damp  and dusty tunnels in Cerro Rico, the biggest silver producing mountain in the history of the world. We took a break, while a veteran miner named Eduardo chewed coca leaves. In between bites, he told us most miners do not live until their sixties like him, because of.....
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April 22, 2019

Bolivia – Part 1 – La Paz

Introduction La Paz is a place to get high, constantly high. I am not referring to ingesting mind-altering drugs. Rather I am talking about being closer to the sun. Before I arrived, I knew La Paz is the highest capital city in the world at approximately 12,000 feet (3650 meters). I did not know that.....
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April 20, 2019

Vietnam – Part 4 – Hanoi

Introduction Hanoi is one of my favorite cities in the world. As with the rest of Vietnam, it is young and beaming with energy, optimism and joie de vivre. While being a metropolis, it retains a small-town feel, especially in the Old Quarter. It is a beautiful city merging modern structures, tradition East Asian architecture.....
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January 25, 2019

Vietnam – Part 3 – Bai Tu Long Bay

Introduction I can’t remember how and when in my childhood when I associated strange, hump hills with Vietnam. However it impregnated my brain, this iconic impression was prominently remembered as the buttes of Monument Valley. It took me decades to finally see these incredible rock formations in the Vietnamese bays. I was afraid that the.....
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January 21, 2019

Vietnam – Part 2 – Ba Be National Park

Introduction We were slowly sailing by karst peaks on the Nang River. We occasionally saw someone walk through the dense forest. We passed through a dark grotto where we could hardly see our helmsman steering the boat with a long pole. After our boat was securely moored in the grotto, we walked under flying bats.....
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January 19, 2019

Vietnam – Part 1 – Sapa

Introduction As we walked in the chilly air down a steep mountain path, we saw a panorama of formidable mountains with serpentine rice terraces. Our companions were Hmong women with bold earrings, checkered headwraps, richly embroidered indigo tunics, and bright purses with long shoulder straps. We chatted amiably about our families and homes in basic.....
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January 14, 2019