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Brassieres and Tough Decisions

Today I stopped by to see Rita, Ruth and Maria while they were parking motorcars. The kids are out of school because the teachers are on strike. After a few minutes of idle chatter Rita said that Ruth needed a bra. “Oh No my little…

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Den of Thieves

There are few places in the world that I have been where there were more ingenious crooks, pickpockets and flim flam men then Iquitos. Everyone is working some sort of scam. I have a friend who was on his way home one night when he…

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Jungle Beauties

As we loaded into a rapido (fast boat) to head up the Amazon, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect for my first jungle beauty contest, actually my first beauty contest of any kind. We were headed towards Tamshiyacu, a town of about 6000 people…

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An Iquitos Business Venture

Today I became a business owner in Iquitos, La Comida de Rita. Rita, Camilla and I struck out early today to start our new business venture. They knew what they were doing, I was just tagging along and being the banker. As we ventured into…

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A Plan – para mi otra familia

  Today, after two days of the Iquitos runs and weight loss program, I got to sit down with Rita and some of the people from People of Peru to try to lay out a plan to lift my little family out of the slums…

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Words That Burn

Today I walked down to see Ruth and her family; I had seen Ruth and Rita but not Maria. I was with a couple of friends, one who was a nurse. Rita, Ruth or Maria were not there but Anali (the 16 year old) was…

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Saving Ruth

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Our Mayan Experience

We continued our Mayan education in Copan. After seeing some of the great Mayan ruins, Tikal, Xunantunich, Caracol I did not expect much from the ruins in Copan but they had a surprise in store. Our guide Yobani described it as if Tikal were the…

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Not A Tourist

We bode farewell to our island paradise, the beautiful reefs and our new friend Haidai after enjoying her wonderful island cooking, fresh baked Snapper, Honduran rice and beans and her beautiful children we headed to our next stop.   A quick flight to the mainland,…

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Visiting Another World

I'm sixty feet from the world I live in but it might as well be a million miles. My strength, my height and my weight mean nothing here, in fact being totally weightless is an advantage. My hands have no value, my feet cannot carry…

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Santa in Honduras

Christmas feels a bit strange when the weather is 80 and you are looking out across the sparkling blue sea but the Christmas magic came back in full as Lou and I sat in a Baptist Church in Roatan on Christmas night listening to the…

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Your River of Doubt

There may never be another president like Theodore Roosevelt, our 26th president from 1901 to 1909 and the person responsible for our amazing national park system. Roosevelt was a born naturalist and an explorer at heart. In 1914 the Rough Rider embarked on the greatest…

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Special Time

I spent a good part of my last day with Maria and Ruth my sweet little amigas. I remember when I first met these two little girls begging on the boulevard, I knew there was something special about them. I could tell that Ruth was a…

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Peruvian Gladiators – Gallos de Pelea

“Pelea!” (Fight!) “Pelea!” (Fight!) reverberated around the coliseo, a small ring surrounded by rudimentary bleachers. I looked beside me and a small child was blowing bubbles. The intensity grew as the match went on, the careadores (owners) yelling and cheering on their contestant. Another little…

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Lessons Learned

I was walking down the street yesterday when a man approached me in a panic, “Excuse me sir, do you speak English?” I acknowledged the obvious and he asked if I could help him. “What’s the problem?” I inquired. He held up has hand and…

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A Trip to the Dentista

The other day Ruth was complaining about a tooth ache and Paul has a volunteer dentist in town so it seemed like an easy connection but nothing is easy in Peru. I stopped by her house to pick her up and before I knew it…

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