• Tikal ruins
    DESTINATIONS

    Ancient American Cultures

    B asked me a while ago why I love to travel. I had several reasons: so many beautiful places to see, foods to eat, experiences to have, etc. Among the other reasons, one stood out that I have never really thought about before. I told B that a great benefit of travel is that I get to see the things I learned about in school. We all know that if you actually experience something, it means a lot more to you than if you just read about it. By traveling to a place and seeing it in real life, it is harder to forget about it once you leave. I…

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    5 Adventures in Peru

    After finishing grad school in 2008, I still wasn’t ready to face the real world and get a grown-up job. Instead, I decided to cash in some skymiles and head down south to Peru with a pilot friend, L, with whom I had worked over the summer in Alaska. We didn’t do very much research for the trip and kind of played it by ear where we would go next when we got there. Looking back, I feel we were very fortunate to have had such a great time, and frankly, I don’t think I would have done anything differently. Here are the top five things that we saw and…