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Welcome to a new installment of Another Look! This post is designed to share some goodies from my blog’s archive while I’m recovering from my surgeries. I hope you enjoy these links, whether you’re seeing them for the first time or have seen them once before. Today’s category is travel! Just click on the name of the post to link over…*
My wish list of places to go includes Italy, India, Thailand, Scotland, China, New England in the fall, New Zealand, and many, many more – just about any place that isn’t ridiculously dangerous. Which travel destinations are your favorites, dear readers? I’d love to hear about them – maybe I’ll add them to my travel wish list!
I traveled to Peru In September of 2009, and took part in a Gate 1 Travel guided tour. It was my first trip to South America and I was so excited! By the time I departed I’d been planning and doing research for about three months, and couldn’t wait to experience the country for myself. My preparations paid off – and I also had good luck. My trip was fantastic, and virtually everything went smoothly. No sickness or other calamities befell me, and I’ll always look back on this trip with wonder and gratitude. My tour director, Lucero, was great and I thank her for herding our group through her home country with such care and attention to detail.
Not counting the days I flew in and out of Peru, I was there for seven days. The time flew by, and I wish I could’ve stayed longer. I hope to return one day, as there is still so much left to see (the Amazon, Nazca, the coastal region), but it was a great introduction to Peru. What a charming, colorful, and unique country! The history was fascinating, the textiles were mind-boggling, and the food was tasty. Oh, and the scenery? Stupendous! I was in heaven, taking in the incredible stone work at Machu Picchu, the lush vegetation in the mountains, the cracked adobe dwellings in the Andes, and the deep blue water of Lake Titicaca.
I took hundreds of photos, but will only share a few. Here’s a brief photo diary of my trip to Peru.
San Francisco Church and Convent
This church, located in Lima, is famous for its catacombs full of bones. It made me a bit nervous to go down into the catacombs – not because of the bones, but because Lima is in an earthquake zone!
Cusco – 11,203 feet Above Sea Level
When we landed in Cusco, in the Andes, I could definitely feel a difference in the altitude. My heart was beating more quickly – like I was exercising, though I was just walking in the airport!
The Sacred Valley & A Little Llama
The Sacred Valley was gorgeous, and I made a friend. It was my first llama sighting and contact!
Friendly Locals & Gorgeous Textiles
We stopped at a weaving cooperative near Chinchero. Peruvian textiles are mouth-wateringly beautiful.
The Chinchero market was incredible. I felt as though I’d stepped into the pages of National Geographic!
Breathtaking! Mindblowing! Machu Picchu’s incredible natural beauty and spectacular masonry are unforgettable.
Plaza de Armas – Cusco
Back in Cusco, I enjoyed Qorikancha, the cathedral, and the Plaza de Armas. I met this gentleman near the Plaza. Such a wonderful face and such colorful hats!
Sky High – 14,200 Feet Above Sea Level
This is what 14,200 feet above sea level looks like. I was moving my flatlander self around carefully!
We visited the Uros Islands on Lake Titicaca – amazing! People live on floating islands made of tortura reeds, and it was fascinating to get a glimpse of their way of life.
Coolest Boat Ride Ever…
Yes, I was a really happy camper. I LOVE to travel! And riding on a boat handmade from tortura reeds was pret-ty fantastic.
Return to Lima
We ended our tour where it began – Lima. After some shopping at the Indian Market I finally tried some of Lima’s world-famous ceviche and understand what all the fuss is about. It was delectable! I recommend Alfresco if you’re in Lima and want some great ceviche.
Please post a comment if you have any questions about Peru and my adventures there. It’s an incredible destination. And though you’ll want to be prepared and a bit cautious, you’ll be fine if you read a few guide books and/or visit Lonely Planet’s website. It’s well worth the effort. Viva Peru!
Hocus Pocus Horoscope-us?
I’m a Taurus, and was also born in the Chinese Zodiac’s Year of the Ox. Does that make me doubly stubborn? I’m sure my husband, Jose, would answer in the affirmative! I’ve never been one to follow horoscopes closely or put weight in them, but I do find them rather entertaining. The daily horoscope messages put out in the newspaper or online are pretty hit-and-miss, and I rarely read them. What I do find interesting is the personality traits attributed to the different signs. They seem, at least in my case, pretty accurate.
Here are some personality traits for a Taurus: patient, reliable, warmhearted and loving, persistent, determined, and placid. Taurus represents art, beauty in all its forms, and strength (not only physical). Taureans are realistic, and security loving (both on the material and psychological level). Sounds right-on to me!
From the Chinese Zodiac: The Ox, or the Buffalo sign symbolizes prosperity through fortitude and hard work. Those born under the influence of the Ox or Buffalo are fortunate to be stable and persevering. The typical Ox is a tolerant person with strong character. Not many people could equal the resolution and fearlessness that the Ox exhibits when deciding to accomplish a task. Ox people work hard without complaints at work or at home. This also sounds about right.
So, given the bullish and oxen-related vibe that surrounds me, for better or worse, I decided this week’s self-portrait should include a ceramic rendering of my bovine-esque self. I bought this little ox at the Chinchero Market, in Peru – it’s one of a pair. “I’m” posing with a rose to make my visage slightly more feminine and more colorful!
I saw countless pairs of ceramic oxen (larger than this palm-sized version) on the roofs of homes in Peru – particularly in the Sacred Valley. They’re put on the roof to attract happiness and prosperity, and though I can’t put the pair I bought on our roof, the two oxen have a place of honor on our mantel.
A stretch for a self-portrait, you say? I don’t think so, given the double ox designation of my birth. It’s also a great way for me to mention an upcoming travel feature I’ll be posting! Be sure to read my blog on Sunday, October 17th – I’ll be posting a brief photo diary of my 2009 trip to Peru, including coastal Lima, Andean Cusco, the mountainous Machu Picchu, and the floating Uros Islands on Lake Titicaca.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
What on earth is Self-Portrait Friday?! Here’s the scoop. I first heard about Self-Portrait Fridays on Nina Bagley’s blog, Ornamental. (Nina Bagley is a very talented jewelry artist. I purchased one of her necklaces years ago, and it’s one of my favorites to this day!) The idea is pretty simple: bloggers post a self-portrait each week. From what I understand, it’s partly for fun and partly an artistic exercise.
Perhaps you’d like to participate in Self-Portrait Fridays, too! The benefits of Self-Portrait Fridays may include: exercising your creativity (finding ways to embody and stretch the idea of a self-portrait), developing your photography skills (playing with composition, lighting and other effects), and engaging in a little healthy self-reflection (what aspects of self do I want to share with the world?).
Photography is probably the most common way to capture a self-portrait these days, but you may certainly draw or use another medium instead. I plan on publishing photography articles and tips in the future. Until then, I encourage you to take a lot of photos to increase your chances of getting something great, and I encourage you to PLAY. That’s what will make Self-Portrait Friday fun, should you choose to participate yourself.
I will be posting a self-portrait every other Friday and hope you enjoy the different versions of “self” that I capture. Today’s self-portrait is a retro shot – something I snapped last September while I waited out the rain under a rock ledge at Machu Picchu. What a fond memory and what a wonderful trip! (I’ll post about that trip – including photos – in the future.)
Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you have a great weekend. I’ll be doing a 13-mile training walk, visiting with family, going on location to take pictures for an upcoming blog feature, and attending a crew training event for Avon 2-day Walk for Breast Cancer volunteers. Please wish me lots of energy and no problems with traffic!