Chile in February – Summer in the South 

Just to clarify – that is the Chilean flag, not Texan! February is high summer in Chile. Our planet’s longest, thinnest country is incredible. The entire west is defined by…

Venezuela and False Political Narratives – Updated

Yesterday I sat on a street corner in Cuenca, Ecuador and talked with Cesar from Maracaibo, Venezuela. He was sitting with his 5 year old daughter. His wife had gone…

I was Robbed (me robaron) – hence no photo :( – Travel and Theft

Yep, I’m here in beautiful Cuenca, Ecuador. I’m using my son’s computer, as it appears I no longer have my beloved laptop. There is a fair amount to unpack here;…

Donald Trump’s Hate Crime

*This article was written in 2015, before Donald Trump was elected president. The recent attempt to overthrow the US government simply seems the inevitable culmination of years of hate-mongering, lies…

Don’t Say Ruin – Inca Culture is Alive (Cusco, Peru & Machu Picchu)

The so-called Lost City of the Inca’s, Machu Picchu (MP) is so indisputably Peru’s most iconic attraction that suggesting anything to the contrary is simply argumentative. I have actually sat…

The Highs and Lows of the Americas – The Andes to the Mississippi

After spending the first half of 2014 high in the Andes I have recently been lucky enough to experience the extremely low lands along the shores of the southern Mississippi.…

Peruvian Reflections – OR Reflecting Upon Peru OR The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

The Human Development Index (HDI) places Peru 76th overall in the world. This conclusion is drawn from a matrix of important general indicators such as health, education and wealth. I…

Being Popular – Populismo

It is hard to imagine descending from 5000 meters (17000 feet) to 2800 meters (10000 feet) in roughly an hour, except perhaps by air. Well, not only is it possible, but…

LAN – Let´s Annul your Number

Chile’s economic success is lauded around the world and its (private) national airline has reaped the benefits of good management, a stable economy and easier access to foreign markets. Indeed…

The White Hell – El Infierno Blanco (the Highest City in the World), La Rinconada, Peru

I have been travelling to Peru on and off for 10 years and, as luck would have it, those ten years have coincided with this country´s longest sustained period of…

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