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The city – a place to spend $, buy stuff, spend more $, buy more stuff

What makes a city tick? Why do cities exist? For what purpose other than to get folks to buy stuff and more stuff and more stuff…???? Sure there is lots to do in a city – lots of cultural events, … Continue reading

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So glad not to be in Canada in 2017

So the country of my birth, the country where I was raised, the adopted country of my parents, just celebrated its 150 year anniversary. Even before we came to Peru, Mr. C5 & I both had said independently that we … Continue reading

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Cusco part 4 – the actual city!

Back to Cusco for the final leg of our vacation. I had planned on us taking the train from MP back to Cusco since going back the way we came just would have taken another full day of travel.  Good planning … Continue reading

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Cusco part 3 – Machu Picchu & Aguas Calientes

The journey continues… Well to get to MP from Ollanta, I had read about taking several buses or taxi collectivos culminating with a 2 hour hike along the railroad tracks.  This was the cheap way to get there.  It would … Continue reading

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Cochineal – or the amazing bug that produces a red purple dye

These amazing little creatures produce the most amazing colour when squished and yes then killed – sorry little buggers.  Found on these huge cacti – huge prickly pear cactus. You just scrape up a tiny lump, looks like a white … Continue reading

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My rant against selfies and those who take selfies

Rant time:  I am absolutely disgusted by the phenomena of the selfie. I had already noticed and commented on the narcissism that is rampant on f b and the selfie just adds to this.  (See my blog entry recounting our … Continue reading

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Cusco trip part 2 – Salineras de Maras with pics and more pics

I had read about these salt ponds, ones that weren’t near any ocean or sea.  I had also read that you could walk there thanks to the blogs of some decent budget travellers.  The journey took us three separate buses … Continue reading

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International Potato Day – El Día Internacional de la Papa!

Just a short blog entry this time.  I had no intention of writing an article about this topic but then this morning while on f b I read an article by Vibe (an interesting news source) that made me really … Continue reading

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Cusco part 1 – On the way to Machu Picchu – Ollantataymbo

As they often say one needs a vacation from one’s vacation. This would ring very true for us in this case. Aside: The adventure begins before we even leave Lima – taxi issues Alas despite Lima being a huge city … Continue reading

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Peppers, peppers and more peppers!! A visit to UNALM

As part of my research, I went to interview a professor of agronomy, Dr. Saray Siura, at the Universidad Agraria de La Molina (Agrarian University of La Molina), located in an outer suburb of Lima.  The university has a land … Continue reading

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