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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 ...
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