Sunday, August 25, 2013

lima peru is big

and we weren't there for long. wimped out and hired a driver for a full day tour of the city. insider tips on the best places for ceviche. yum!

Friday, August 23, 2013

saksaywaman? sacsayhuaman?
me and some big rocks

me and some big rocks that fit together with super tight joints (the rocks, not me) with no mortar.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

cusco peru

pleasantly surprised.  liked it.  it feels good.  

saw a bunch of stuff. 

here's a couple o' churches on the main square for those into churchy architecture stuff. 

Sunday, August 18, 2013

ollantaytambo peru
coldy cold cold
and burny

elevation: 2792 feet

so, yeah, well... hmmmm....  hot and humid amazon jungle to a cold and windy mountaintop in one day.

the skin on my face morphed into something that felt like parchment paper, my lips cracked, and the corners of my mouth split - all within hours of arriving.   

freezing in the shade.  burny in the sun.  no in-between.

oh yeah, and this place, ollantaytambo, is an incan village that has been continuously occupied for 500-ish years or so, and has a bunch of ruins built into super steep mountainsides .

trying to get warm without getting burned

Sunday, August 11, 2013

a death in iquitos


i am conflicted.

we finally tired of finding nesting material in our hats and poop on our table.

they do not sell mousetraps here. just poison. 

the broom handle we stuck in the door to the offender's house in our room only served to excite it into a frenzy of entrance-expanding chewing.

today, i surprised it / it surprised me as i grabbed a shirt to wear. it froze. a super giant mouse?  a small rat? i cannot say. i let out an involuntary scream. 

10 minutes later, it was cornered and beaten to death with a broom stick by my older, moderately scary-looking peruvian room mate. 


Sunday, August 4, 2013

let me introduce you to my little friend


he walks the streets day and night.
(that's me in the background.)

looking frazzled.  preoccupied.

z things he has to walk to avoid being driven mad - more mad - by the incessant deafening noise of the city.

i make eye contact, smile and say hello every day.  and most days his face lights up momentarily and  i get a surprised smile back.

Thursday, August 1, 2013