Ethiopia Simien Mountain Trek- The Guide, The Cook and The Scout

Eliot and I trekked in Simien mountains national park for four days from March 8-12. In those 4 days, we saw incredibly beautiful landscapes and watched wildlife up close. The trek was one of the best experiences I had so far on the trip and much of the credit goes to the guide and the staff that […]

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Addis Ababa The New Flower

The 14 hour flight/ 10 km from Sao-Paulo to Addis was easy. We each had a row of seats and slept as the plane crossed the Atlantic and the African continent. Canadian tourists can get visa’s at the Airport for US$60. Most of the people in line were from other African countries. Out of 100 people […]

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Rio De Janeiro People in No Mood for Bossa Nova and Samba

The tag line for this blog is a semi-haphazard trip around the world and our  stop overs in Rio and Ethiopia on our way to Asia is an example of how some destinations were selected by chance. The plan was to start the trip in South America followed by Asia, the middle wast and Europe. However, there […]

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Lima- Our Last Stop In Peru

After the Colca canyon trek, we returned to Arequipa for one last night before heading out to Lima. With time to kill before our the departure of our night bus, we hung out at a chocolate cafe and enjoyed dinner at Chicha. Due to my screw up, we had to take the 10 pm night bus […]

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Colca Canyon Condors, Geysers, Hot Springs & Oasis

After abandoning the Jungle option we had one day to plan and book our trip to the Colca canyon. We met a guide that got outstanding reviews on Tripadvisor who quoted twice as much as the rate quoted in a local travel agency. When we asked him why he told us about his years of experience, when we asked […]

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TOT (TIRED OF TRAVEL) & TADD (TRAVEL ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER)

On our second to last night in Arequipa we got TOT (tired of travelling). We did not feel like going anywhere. We did not want to pack and unpack and research hotels, sights and bus tickets. However, we did not want to stay in the family hotel with Abuela either. So, I dived into the web to […]

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Arequipa Volcanos Black Underwear and Citizen Revolts

  Returning to the trip in chronological order. After Lake Titicaca we headed out to Arequipa.  Peru’s second most populous city and renowned for its cuisine, earthquakes and rebellious population. The city is located in an alpine valley/plain at 2100-2300 meters. On a clear day you can see two volcanoes. In the old town the buildings are […]

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Visa Blues The Jew without the Ginger

The reason I have been posting a lot recently is that I am stuck in Lima waiting for a Brazilian visa due to a screw up on my part. This post will be about the fail and practical advice arising out of it. Aside from some stomach issues and dirty hostels we have not encountered many […]

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Road to Arequipa: Crossing Rivers in Pick Up Trucks and Potholes in Double Decker Buses

We left Capechica on February 12, our destination was Arequipa via Juliana. One of the bridges was under repair and the detour through the ditch was impassable because of the rains. We were told that the collectivo could take us to one side of the river and then we had to get across to a collectivo on the other side. […]

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A Tourist View on The Peruvian Elections 2016

When we arrived in Peru in January, the campaign for the April 2016 general election was in full swing. There were election billboards in the big towns and in the poorer parts election slogans painted on whitewashed walls.  The current president is not running because he has reached the limit on terms that a president can serve […]

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