Set Change – South America to Europe

So leaving South America was bitter sweet. I had fallen in love with Peru while I was there. The people and the landscape just filled my heart. Chile was a bit of a mixed bag of experiences. The people are awesome and I now some great friends, but being sick essentially for a month, was Read the full article…

Licensed to Dive

So getting my scuba diving license is something I’ve wanted to do for a few years now. It’s always been in the back of my mind since I was 8 and going to the pool with daddy when he was getting his certification. He got me a little pink mask, snorkel, and fins and I Read the full article…

Vaccines & Sick Days

So, as I said before, one of my goals in Chile was to get my rabies vaccine. It’s about 1/9th the cost here than at home. I’ve never had a reaction to a vaccine before so I thought I’d be golden! Golden, I was not. (Belles Artes Museum) After the first dose, I got lots Read the full article…

Thanks for the Tear Gas, Santiago 

So I arrived in Santiago, Chile a few days ago. Santiago seems like any major developed city with lots of food, shopping, and adequate transportation – to include an underground metro. Also Santiago has many nice museums with free entry like the cultural museum that has an amazing ancient Egypt exhibit. I kinda feel like Read the full article…

Last of Peru, For Now…

For my last week in Peru, I made my way up to Chachapoyas. Chachapoyas is supposed to be a quaint little town where the jungle meets the mountains, with lots of hiking and ruins to see. So I left Steve at the airport in Lima. He was flying home and I flew to Cajamarca, where Read the full article…

Huaraz & The Santa Cruz

Before I left on this journey, I knew I wanted to see Huaraz and hike The Santa Cruz Trek in the Cordillera Blanca of Peru. Huaraz is known for its beautiful mountain scapes and turquoise blue lakes… Muy Bonito! So Steve and I made plans to meet and do this adventure together. The night Steve Read the full article…

Ventures, Vegan, & Keds in the Sacred Valley, Peru

I miss the jungle terribly, the animals, the work, and the people… But this last week my cousin, Natalie, and her boyfriend, Justin, came to meet up with me in Cusco to do the ever famous Machu Picchu trip. I’ve loved meeting all the new people, but seeing family you’re close to is like putting Read the full article…

Hola Lima! 

I started my journey in Lima, Peru. I chose to stay in Ekeko Hostel in the Miraflores district and was not disappointed in my $8/night accommodation. The staff was kind and helpful and in the end I felt like I was staying at the home of a distant Peruvian relative.        Hostels are fun. Read the full article…

Doing More With Less

In previous years I owned a big house (twice), furnished with nice furnishing, and good food filled the fridge and cubbards. All of this afforded by a great career I had worked for. However, in the last 18 months those material things dwindled down just enough to fill a 6X10 trailer and, for now, my Read the full article…

Letting Go

Four weeks ago I did something I never actually thought I would do. I quit my job and my position as a mathematician, which I had worked nearly seven years to achieve, without another job to go to. It was exciting and scary as most of the good things are and math will always be Read the full article…