Universitario vs Alianza Lima: Fights, Fire, 0-0

Attending my first soccer match ever is one thing, but getting to experience it in South America is another. The match was between Universitario and Alianza Lima: two big rivalry teams in Peru who have been battling it out for over 60 years. [Continue reading…]

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Getting Back to Basics: A Visit With World Vision

Four years ago I chose to sponsor a young Cuscoian named Renzo Bryan through World Vision. Last week, I had the privilege of meeting him here in Peru. My afternoon visit involved meeting the team at the regional World Vision office in Cusco, meeting my sponsor child and a road trip up a mountain and into the small community village of Ponacancha to see the impact of World Vision’s work in the community. [Continue reading…]

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Nazca Lines: The Significance of Nine

Most of us have watched a documentary or two on the Nazca Lines, perhaps on the National Geographic channel or through one of those over-dramatized programs such as ‘Believe it or Not’. It’s not until you view the lines and geoglyphs in situ that you can start to really appreciate these curious and ancient wonders. [Continue reading…]

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A Lesson in Dealing with Altitude Sickness

Altitude sickness is not what I expected at all. I’d heard about people getting dizzy or queasy – but to be honest, I brushed off the warnings quite naively. After all, I’d visited plenty of mountains around the world: Jungfrau in Switzerland (standing at 13,642 ft) and Tai Shan in China (which involved an 8-hour hike up a ridiculous 6,666 granite steps). Our destination: Cusco, near the Urubamba Valley of the Andes mountain range, sits at 11,200 ft high. This was going to be easy, I thought. Unfortunately for me, it didn’t quite go down this way. [Continue reading…]

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