Before I continue with our two weeks in Uruguay, I want to clear up some confusion from the previous post. Rita and I traveled to Uruguay in September of 2017, in the last two weeks of a five week journey that included the Andes in Ecuador; Inca Trail to Macchu Pichu, the Sacred Valley, and Lima in Perú; as well as a weekend in Buenos Aires. On our return, I had a lot of writing to get caught up on...

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When we arrived at Carrasco International Airport after an overnight flight from Lima the sun was just coming up. We had managed to doze a little on the bumpy flight over the Andes, but we were still a bit groggy as we sleep-walked through the motions of getting our passports stamped, finding our luggage turnstile, and making our way through customs to the car rental booth. Already though, we could tell things were a little different here. For one thing,...

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Today I celebrate my second fifth wedding anniversary, by which I mean the fifth year of my second marriage. It seems a good time to reflect on a few things, and I've been trying to sort out and identify my feelings about "the institution of marriage". We hear a lot that the "institution" is threatened by the behavior or actions of one group or another; whether it is the LBGTQ community and same-sex couples, or hetero couples that change spouses...

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Back in September of 2017, Rita and I were spending a couple of weeks investigating Uruguay for some International Living articles, and to satisfy our own curiosity (more on that soon). After spending some time on the Atlantic coast, we moved to the capital city Montevideo, and naturally we could not pass up a chance to cross the Rio de la Plata and spend a weekend in the “Paris of South America” - Buenos Aires, Argentina. It turns out there is a...

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Time for one last look at our all-too-brief three day stay in Lima. I've talked about Walking in Lima, and tantalized your taste buds with Delicious Lima. Now it time to take a quick tour of two small portions of Historic Lima. Every year, tens of thousands of visitors make their way to Perú to explore the ancient ruins left by the Incans and other pre-Colombian civilizations. Rita and I were no exception, as we were mainly in Perú to...

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Welcome to the second of three posts about a short but eventful visit to Lima, Perú. The first post, Delicious Lima, covered some of the fantastic cuisine available in this South American city, and the next will take a look at the Historic District. In this article, I'd like to share some of the sights and experiences of Walking in Lima. When you arrive in Lima, your first reaction is likely to be "this is a BIG city!" And you...

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I saw an interesting post on Facebook over the weekend. Someone asked if anyone had seen the movie "The Shape of Water" and liked it. OP apparently did not like it at all, and wanted anyone who did enjoy the movie to explain why. I almost commented - in fact, I did post something, but within seconds I had reconsidered and deleted it. After all, at its heart, this post was a futile request. When it comes to art, you...

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I've been trying to decide how to approach describing our visit to Lima, Perú. We were only there for three days, but I have hundreds of photos and it seems like we experienced a week's worth of events. So I've decided to break it into three parts: Walking in Lima, Historic Lima, and this first entry, Delicious Lima. Maybe it was just because we had been on a strict diet regime before our Inca Trail hike, but the number one...

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With the time we spent in Cusco before our Inca Trail hike acclimating to the altitude, plus our time after the hike recovering and exploring, we were in Cusco for about 8 days. I've written about the downtown Cusco scene, and covered our Sacred Valley Tour as well. Before moving on to Lima, I'd like to share some advice and experiences on other archaeological sites in the area. Although we paid for the guided tour of the Sacred Valley, we...

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I could feel the urge building over the last few weeks, and then this Sunday, it finally happened. I woke up with a raging gumbo-ner. I just had to make my favorite New Orleans meal. Gumbo is not something to be taken casually. It is not one of those "one pot" dinners that you can "whip up". To do it up right, you really need to dedicate the whole day to preparing one meal. Sure, there are "quick and easy...

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