Day 282: Adjusting to the New Normal while #stuckinperu

Almost exactly 23 years ago I was making my way from Ecuador to Peru where my friend Pete and I would hike the breathtaking (literally and metaphorically), Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.  With a sense of excitement, wonder and bit of trepidation we arrived to the bus station in Guayaquil for our pre-dawn departure to…

Day 275: Stuck in Lima Peru with the Coronavirus Blues

Yesterday, the coronovirus finally caught up with us in Peru. Since the virus started in Wuhan in China back in December, the pandemic seemed largely confined to east Asia. Our friends in China and South Korea reported local quarantine procedures, testing and self isolation. Schools that went on holiday back for the lunar new year…

Day 263: The Road to Rio De Janeiro

Rio might just be the most beautiful city in the world. Like many beachside cities, it sports its crown jewel beaches with namesakes like Copacabana and Ipanema but the allure is the geology which makes it special. Looking similar to the karst limestone formations of northern Vietnam or southern Thailand, Rio sits in a cradle…

Day 250: Iguazu Falls

As soon as we stepped out of the airport in Iguazu Falls, we were in the rainforest. Hot, humid and muggy. Despite the road being paved into town, it was dense jungle on either side with signs announcing 'Tapir Crossing' and 'Leopard Crossing'. We were in a whole different biome for our last few days…

Day 239: Uruguay Part 2- Montevideo to Colonia

For our family, getting asked the question of 'Where are you from?' isn't a very straightforward answer. Being a third culture kid, Ava has grown up contending with this question her whole life and her response depends greatly on the mood. Telling people she was from 'Vietnam' or 'South Korea' (where she's lived her whole…

Day 233: Uruguay Part 1- Villa Serrana to La Pedrera

"Let me get this straight." I asked Lisa. "We're getting dropped off on the side of the road at kilometer marker number 145 on route 8 and from there, we'll just...........walk to Villa Serrana?" "Well, hopefully, there will be a taxi. The owners of the next place we're staying at told us there should be…

Day 223: Argentina- Tigre River Delta

"Daddy, I love it here. I wish we could stay here forever." Ava told us after having arrived in Tigre. After stepping off the Azamara Pursuit at 9:15 in the morning a few days ago, it was only a 20 minute walk to the train station for our next hop. We found a coffee shop…