No Cal

Hello, there. It’s been a while. I’ve been in Northern California (mostly Oakland) since around the middle of March, staying at the home of my wonderful, beautiful, kind, generous friend, Lin. Often I’ve been planting and playing in her lovely garden or sewing or, from time to time, going out and about. You know, when you’re not ‘traveling,’ I mean really traveling – going to … Continue reading No Cal

So Cal

I’m in Berkeley, California now, house- and cat-sitting for an old friend while he’s out of town with his family. It’s beginning to rain and I’m glad I went for a long walk this morning because it looks to be a heavy storm coming in. While I’ve been sitting here, snug in their nice home, cats occasionally running through the living room at break-neck speed, … Continue reading So Cal

The Huntington Library ….that is, parts thereof

Recently I went to San Marino with my daughter-in-law, her best friend and their combined kids (three of them, aged 3 to 8 years) to visit the Huntington Library, though as it turned out for me, only a small portion of it. As with the Getty, it’s huge, but in a different sort of way. At the Getty you’ll find multiple large buildings with multiple … Continue reading The Huntington Library ….that is, parts thereof

Bogota, Colombia

I’m back in the U.S. It’s been a crazy whirlwind of a few days, to say the least. First, the long flight back. Then getting settled in at my oldest son’s home. Making a quick run up to Santa Barbara to visit with my granddaughter before she moves out of State. Adjusting to the small, but still discombobulating time change. Anyway, I’ve finally got settled … Continue reading Bogota, Colombia

Medellin, Colombia…. more or less

I considered naming this blog post something like, “The Burnt-Out-on-Cities Person’s Guide to Medellin” or some such thing, but I figured that was a tad too wordy. I’ve had a strange (but surprisingly enjoyable) time in Medellin. It’s not what I expected, anyway. And there’s the problem…. ….expectations. I’ve been staying in a nice hostel in a nice neighborhood surrounded by nice people, which is … Continue reading Medellin, Colombia…. more or less

El Dia de los Museos en Bogota

I’ve been in Bogota, Colombia a few days now. I’m enjoying this colorful city and especially the people. There’s a different vibe here. Everywhere I’ve been in South America, the people have been lovely, kind and helpful, yet a bit closed off (to foreigners, anyway). But I didn’t realize that until I got here where there’s a more openly friendly atmosphere. Walking down the street, … Continue reading El Dia de los Museos en Bogota

Cuzco, Peru

Cuzco (aka: Cusco, Qusqu and Qosqo) was the capital of the Inca Empire from the 13th until the mid-16th century when the Spaniards made their presence known and changed everything. It is now officially designated as the historical capital of Peru. However, the Inca were not the first peoples here. There were quite a number of pre-Incan cultures in the area, but not much is … Continue reading Cuzco, Peru

2 Day Tours Outside Cusco, Peru

I’ve been in Cusco, Peru seven days now. The first few days I just wandered around the city. I’ll give you my impressions of it in the next post. But this last Friday and Saturday I took two day tours to see a few sights outside Cusco. The tours were fairly inexpensive …. and perhaps I should have kicked out a bit more money for … Continue reading 2 Day Tours Outside Cusco, Peru

Arica, Chile & Arequipa, Peru

I returned to San Pedro de Atacama after my wondrous adventure in Bolivia. I stayed there another few days, after which, took a night bus to Arica, Chile. I then took a taxi from the bus station to the hostel and, though it was an early arrival, they let me in and showed me to my room…. then went back to bed. “You can pay … Continue reading Arica, Chile & Arequipa, Peru