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[Pisac, Peru] It was another early morning for us today. We were hoping to make our way through the Sacred Valley with stops at Pisac and Ollantaytambo before finally reaching Aguas Callientes, the village closest to Machu Picchu. We had arranged the day before for a driver and a car, as we wanted to sight-see at our own pace. Our driver and tour guide arrived bright and early at 7:30 am and… Read More

[Cusco, Peru] When I woke up this morning at 5:30 am, I did not feel like I had only gotten 3 hours of sleep. I was excited to finally begin the three day journey through the Peruvian Andes that would take us to Machu Picchu by Friday. Cuzco, our first stop in the district, was the historical capital of the Incan Empire and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Historical Site in… Read More

[Lima, Peru] Our first day in Lima could not have been any better! We woke up relatively early so that we can get breakfast and get our day started. By 9 am, we were ready to set off for the short walk from our B&B to Larcomar, a shopping center nearby that makes for an unlikely tourist attraction due to the fact that is carved off the cliff and cannot even be… Read More

[Lima, Peru] Despite all my nervous energy about this trip, I got to Lima with no hiccups whatsoever. I got to LAX just after 6 am this morning, proudly parading around in my backpack but secretly hoping I did not forget anything that I would kick myself over later. I managed to get some shut-eye on my first flight to El Savlador, partly because I lucked out with a seat right behing… Read More

[Los Angeles, CA] I haven’t even left for Lima yet, and I have witnessed something extraordinary already. This contains my luggage for the next 10 days (I can hear the collective gasps of all the women reading this). When I first showed this to my friend Monika, she said “You know, for me, this would just fit skincare.” I am surprised myself, honestly, that I was able to pack this light. To… Read More

[Austin, TX] It is Sunday morning. I’ve set my alarm for the obscenely early hour of 7 am because I have a task – run 8 miles!!! As part of my half-marathon training (I am hoping to complete the San Diego rock-and-roll half marathon in early June), I am building up to the 13.1-mile distance over a series of long runs, each one a couple of miles longer than the other. Sunday’s… Read More

[Austin, TX] After our afternoon of sight-seeing in San Antonio, we headed back to Austin. We checked into the AT&T Hotel and Conference center, which was on the fringe of the University of Texas at Austin campus and was actually owned and operated by the university. This was where our conference would be over the next three days. After checking in, we touched base with my former boss Martha. She used to… Read More

[San Antonio, TX] A few days before my trip to Texas, a few friends filled out a Travel Challenge survey on Facebook. It entailed a list of 100 world attractions and the goal was to see how many of those you’ve visited, and how that compares to your friends. #1 on the list: The Alamo in San Antonio, TX! 🙂 I am in Austin, TX for a few days for the Higher Education Data… Read More

[Saint Michaels, MD] It’s been a few days since I came back to California but I got caught in such a whirlwind of work, school and other commitments when I got back that I haven’t had a chance to chronicle our last day in Saint Michaels. So here it is! On our last day in Saint Michaels, the sun came out as if to mock us. The weather was still cold –… Read More

[Saint Michaels, MD] When I mentioned before that the weather turned, I did not realize myself what that meant. On our drive up to Maryland’s Eastern Shore on Friday afternoon, we were listening to winter warnings and watches all along the I-95 corridor for that evening and all day Saturday. It is extremely rare to get this kind of weather here in October – this is more common in January and February…. Read More