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Scialla and Carry On

Let’s face it: knowledge of idiomatic expressions is not strictly required for interaction in the city. You will be able to find the Roman Forum even if you don’t greet with a “ 398 more words


A beggars homage, but for whom?

Seen by the riverside close to where I live, it seemed an oddly small memorial rite, to some unknown person. Memorial rites are signified by a pair of incense sticks, candles and offerings of food. 24 more words


[La] Camaleón[a]

I’ve reached a personal plateau of sorts in my life. Not as in I’m comfortable with where I am or what I’m doing (that part will be not be at a plateaued status for quite some time, and that’s a good thing for now) but as in I’ve reached this level ground in knowing who I am, understanding what that means, and basically having to accept it. 1,630 more words


Voyage to the Island of the Sun

This morning we rose to catch the sunrise on Lake Titicaca, only to find that because it was rising behind us, it wasn’t really lighting us the snow-capped Andes. 590 more words

Travel Generally

From the Shores of Lake Titicaca

Today (May 3rd), we departed early for our drive to the town of Copacabana on the shores of Lake Titicaca.  Although it’s only about 100 miles from La Paz to Copacabana, it takes about four hours to get there, including a short ferry crossing. 736 more words

Travel Generally

Greetings from La Paz, Bolivia (that's right; not the other one!)

As many of you know, Jim and I landed in La Paz in the wee hours of April 30th, and did not do much of anything except try to catch our breath, and toast the local glacier, Illimani. 632 more words

Other Cultures

My Market

I live pretty far north in Qingdao, in a district called Licun. I am the only foreigner for miles, and my foreign friends always give me pitying looks when I tell them where I live.  384 more words