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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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Rocky and the Cop

Well it has finally happen, I have been Iquitocized. Last  night I went with a group of friends to see Illusion, a local band. The only  illusion I got was when someone stuck their hand in my pocket and stole my video camera. It was…

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Tough Life in Belen

When I caught up with Ruth’s Mom, Rita, yesterday she told me Ruth was sick and had diarrhea and had been vomiting all night. Believe it or not diarrhea is one of the top 5 killers in developing countries and has claimed many children’s lives…

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Piranha, Alligators and Orphans

There is something about swimming in a river where you know there are piranha and alligators that can keep you on edge but when you are with a bunch of orphans after a tumultuous week it was a welcome relief. The Nanay River, a tributary…

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The Day of the Dead

On Monday night America celebrated Halloween with all the ghosts and goblins and kids running from house to house filling their bags with goodies but the root of Halloween comes from the Catholic holiday called All Saints Day or Día de los Muertos, (Day of…

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Little Feet in Iquitos

I headed out yesterday anxious and excited to get back to my friends and the kids in Iquitos. After 9 hours of flying I landed in Lima. I knew my next step was going to be the rough part, sitting in the Starbucks in the…

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Watch Your Bags – Big $$$ For The Airlines

It used to be when you purchased an airline ticket you could count on several things, the plane would probably be late, your baggage may or not make it to your destination at the same time you arrive and they would feed you a slab…

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Traveling for Less

I love to find new ways to travel cheaper but better, I’ve done a number of posts on utilizing sites like Homeexchange, Homeaway  or VRBO to rent private condos or homes. I continue to have terrific success with home exchanging and rental, my wife and…

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Iquitos Again – With Globetrotters

I have been trying for days to put a blog post together but it seems like there hasn’t been a second to spare. So here is a brief review of our time so far in Iquitos. Sorry no pics, when you barely have time to…

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Hiking Lares Valley

The morning started early as we headed towards the SacredValley. We had a couple of stops along the way, a llama farm and the Pisac market, and then it was off to start our trek through the LaresValley. At least that is what we thought.…

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The Globetrotters Are Off

We are off and running again, back to my second home Peru. Only this time I have 11 amazing kids for our 2011 Globetrotter trip. This morning started early, 6am, putting all of our baggage together, 18 laptops, monitors and keyboards. Several duffle bags full…

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Farewell Iquitos

I finished my last days in Iquitos soaking up the life and culture one more time. I made my last visit to Belen to purchase the rest of Nebes floor. Total cost of a roof and a floor in Belen, $150. The water had come…

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Health Care and Money

I am one of those who was and still am furious about our new health care system but sometimes it helps to keep things in perspective. As I have mentioned in previous blog posts, going to the hospital in Iquitos can be a harrowing experience.…

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The Quinceanera

Birthdays play an important role in this society but none more important than a girl’s Quinceanera, 15th birthday. Like a Bar Mitzvah, a Quinceanera signifies a girl’s transition into womanhood. I had my first chance to experience a Quinceanera last night, Nelcy, one of Paul’s…

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Different Cultures Different Challenges

Went down to Belen today with my Spanish teacher to finish the job we started on Tuesday. Found our mother with the first load of palm fronds installed on a small platform to live on. The water had encroached ever further. To get to her…

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Belen – Underwater

Each year as the snow melts on the Andes and winter rains come the level of the Amazon River rises as much as 30 feet flooding most of Belen. The raw sewage and waste mixed with all kinds of trash are picked up into and…

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