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

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

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

Chau, Buenos Aires

I’ll be leaving Buenos Aires – in fact, Argentina entirely – in a few days and I have mixed feelings about it. On the one hand, I’m looking forward to the next part of my adventures. On the other, I’ll miss this energetic, beautiful city. In all the posts I’ve done about Buenos Aires, I haven’t shown you the trash blowing around in the streets, … Continue reading Chau, Buenos Aires

Museo Arte Precolombino Indigena

I went for a walk this morning to look for the ‘old town’ section of Montevideo. I’m not sure I found it.   I did find a lot of old buildings, though.   Couldn’t resist the kitty cat.   Notice anything similar in all these pictures?   Hardly any people. There are cars here and there, but there’s no one around. Most of the businesses … Continue reading Museo Arte Precolombino Indigena

Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

I took a buquebus (a ferry) to Uruguay yesterday. Fortunately, it’s a rather large ferry so it weathered the waters well. The waters of the Río de la Plata are normally fairly calm, but it was windy and rainy, so the water was choppy. The Río de la Plata is considered the widest river in the world. I looked it up because I wondered where … Continue reading Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay