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December 2013

Christmas in Peru – By Lydian Shipp
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Christmas in Peru – By Lydian Shipp

Today I’m writing this blog post because I can’t stand listening to the people in the upstairs apartment, is this is the one thing I can allow myself to do comfortably while listening to music to tune them out. I dunno what’s going on up there, but it sounds like a family reunion. One family member decided to bring their pet, Yippy the Dog. A young person is singing out-of-tune “quiet” Christmas carols. I’m ...
Don’t Go by Bus: Peru — By Jennifer Shipp
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Don’t Go by Bus: Peru — By Jennifer Shipp

We’ve spent time on buses in foreign countries. Some buses are good. Some are very bad. But we’ve never done a 16 hour round trip bus ride before. I was hopeful, if not downright optimistic about the Cruz del Sur bus lines going to Nazca from Lima, Peru. I’d read some good things. Very good things, in fact. People lauded Cruz del Sur as a “luxury” bus line. I saw the word “luxury” mentioned several times at ...
Machu Picchu – By Lydian Shipp
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Machu Picchu – By Lydian Shipp

Machu Picchu, discovered in 1911, was built around the year 1450 at the height of the Incan Empire. It was then abandoned and left to the elements in 1572 as a result of the Spanish conquest. It is believed that Machu Picchu was a major religious site in Incan culture because of its location on the top of a mountain sacred to the Incas. In addition, altars were discovered at Machu Picchu with ritual ...
The Nazca Lines –By Lydian Shipp
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The Nazca Lines –By Lydian Shipp

The Nazca Lines are a collection of about 300 geoglyphs located in the Nazca Desert in Southern Peru. Most of the lines were made between 200 BC and 500 AD, although some date as far back as 500 BC. The Nazca Lines depict various animals, both fantastical and real, as well as plants and geographic patterns.The Nazca Lines depict animal figures, plants, and geometric patterns. The most popular animal ...
Lima, Peru: First Impressions — By Jennifer Shipp
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Lima, Peru: First Impressions — By Jennifer Shipp

Our flight on Avianca airlines to Lima was uneventful. Indeed, it was very comfortable. Through some divine act of serendipity, we were seated in the exit row which meant we had plenty of leg room. There wasn’t even any turbulence or petulant stewardesses to complain about.I was seated next to a large black man across the aisle who was studying a language (either Spanish or English, I couldn’t tell). He ...
From Mexico City to Teotihuacan: The Pyramids and the People — By Jennifer Shipp
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From Mexico City to Teotihuacan: The Pyramids and the People — By Jennifer Shipp

It’s hard to say which was more memorable: the adventure of taking public transportation or the Aztec ruins that lie just north of Mexico City. Initially, when we started toward the ruins on the Metro in Mexico City, we  thought it would take about forty five minutes to an hour to get there. Teotihuacan isn’t that far away from Mexico City and though we were staying in Coyoacan (southern Mexico City), it ...
The Island of the Dolls — By Lydian Shipp
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The Island of the Dolls — By Lydian Shipp

(NOTE: This post was written when I was 13. I edited it in 2017 for grammatical errors and other technical stuff, but maintained the content to preserve my 13-year-old perspective.)The Island of the Dolls (Isla de las Munecas) was home to only one person, Julian Santana. He drowned in 2001 and there have been many suspicions about why exactly he drowned. The island is now run by his family members as a ...
Nudity, Chocolate, and Bamboo Mats in Mexico: The Temazcal — By Jennifer Shipp
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Nudity, Chocolate, and Bamboo Mats in Mexico: The Temazcal — By Jennifer Shipp

I can’t remember where or when I first heard about temazcals in Mexico, but it was incredibly difficult to find one in Guanajuato. Despite the fact that there was a temazcal located only about 200 yards (maybe less) from Escuela Falcon where we trekked every day for Spanish classes, no one we talked to there seemed to know where we could do one. I began my search for a temazcal and a curandero (or ...
The Legend of La Llorona – By Lydian Shipp
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The Legend of La Llorona – By Lydian Shipp

(NOTE: This post was written when I was 13. I edited it in 2017 for grammatical errors and other technical stuff, but maintained the content to preserve my 13-year-old perspective)The woman from the legend of La Llorona was once known as Maria. The story goes that she married a man of a higher class than her, and bore him 2 children. After a while, her husband left, and only came back home to visit his ...
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