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Back Home in Kuwait

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The beauty about having your own blog or website is that you don’t have to apologize nor explain yourself when you disappear off the map for two months.  There are no editors banging on your door asking where the next update is, and of course in a Facebook saturated world our close friends and family have had pretty regular updates on life in Kuwait and my recent trip to Iraq.  We’ve also been pretty regular at sharing posts and images on our Facebook travel page: Eat Well, Pack Light and Travel Often.

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Machu Picchu

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Hiking to Machu Picchu is one of those things that I always figured serious travellers had to do at some point.  For years I had imagined seeing these world famous Incan ruins set upon their lofty perch.  In fact, though Alison does not remember it, I had made some serious inquiries with a travel agent in Peru 8 years ago to visit the site as part of our honeymoon.  In retrospect, hiking may not have been the best choice for our honeymoon.

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Cooking in Cusco

We arrived in Cusco and were immediately surprised that we didn’t feel any altitude issues.  We kept waiting and waiting…but nothing happened.  We got ever so slightly out of breath occasionally on an uphill walk, but that was about it.

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Five words I thought I’d never say on vacation.

I think it’s safe to say that when you’re traveling* for a long time (which is a subjective amount of time), that you reach a point of wanting to go home.  I believe this point is different for everyone, but for me, it happened in week 7 of 9 of being away from home (Kuwait).

All of a sudden I was sobbing away on our bed in Lima, crying over seemingly ridiculous things, blubbering, “I want to go home.”

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Middle Earth

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I’ve long wondered about the fascinating differences between how things are affected by both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. I’d heard tales of the water flushing differently down the toilets, and seeing different constellations. But until this summer I’d yet to witness those differences.

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The Amazon Rainforest

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To get to our lodge in the Amazon Jungle we had to take a short flight, a 2 hour ride by motorized canoe and then finally a 30 minute paddled canoe. The lodge was situated alongside a lovely lake with tropical rainforest on all sides.

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Galápagos Islands: Snorkelling

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I’d heard about the Galápagos Islands for years, and in almost every instance it was related to the abundance of endemic animals present on the islands. Iguanas that can swim, sharks of all shapes and sizes and turtles that live well past one hundred and look like the size of a Smart Car (slight exaggeration). Heading to the islands a few weeks ago I had in mind to take a ton of pictures of the wildlife scattered around the islands and flying above them. What I had not really considered was checking out the abundance of wildlife beneath the waters.

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Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale…

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If you’ve ever felt drunk, then I suspect you know exactly what is feels like to ride aboard a small yacht in the Pacific ocean, traveling from island to island. As someone who has never experienced drunkenness, I can only assume that is has a few similar qualities to sailing on a small yacht: it’s a tad challenging to walk straight, keep food down, and use the toilet without falling off.

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Breathtaking Chile

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Taking a bus across the Andes Mountains into northern Chile is an absolutely breathtaking journey. Small (and large) cacti grew along the side of the road, and as we continued to climb higher we began to see vicuña (kinda like a small wild llama) feeding at the side of the road. We crossed what looked like a pure white lake of salt high amidst the mountains and the vicuña: The salt flats were an impressive sight and certainly worth the trip.

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Salta, Argentina

After the magnificence of Iguasu Falls, Salta seemed like a sleepy little city.

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Granted, we did arrive on the day of the final World Cup match between Argentina and Germany, so there was a festive mood in the air.

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