Monthly Archives: July 2011

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I guess we got to Machu Picchu in the nick of time:  Machu Picchu Sold Out

Our visit certainly prompted a lot of questions. How seriously is UNESCO taking preservation of its World Heritage Sites? How can the Peruvian economy turn people away from their biggest tourist draw when tourism is really all they have? What will happen to other larger, less accessible Incan sites if Peru develops them as they intend to? To what lengths will tourists go to ensure their ‘rights’ to see particular sights?

We had a tremendous time in Machu Picchu and thoroughly loved our four-day hike along one of the original Incan trails to get there. But how do the thousands of people who trek on this trail a day impact the environment? Is perpetuation of the required porter system really helping the local people when so many porters end up writhing in pain with back problems that will probably never be addressed? Is it really ok that hundreds of people line up at the bus stop to Machu Picchu two hours before the first bus of the day begins operations vying for a coveted spot at the gates?

 

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This is a strange sight to see around here. After one too many times “missing the litterbox” our eldest cat has become an outdoor kitty. I have mixed feelings, as all overbearingly caring kitty mothers are wont to have. May he be safe, happy, and stay close to home. So far, so good.

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MK at Nobel Peace Museum

Extremes of anything scare me. I appreciate great interests, depth, thoroughness…but when people go to extreme measures for any cause or interest trouble undoubtedly happens. This weekend personally was wonderful. J and I had a much needed laidback, relaxed time full of exercise, healthy foods, literature, and hearty laughter. But as we were enjoying our happy cocoon, some of my closest friends in one of my favorite countries were experiencing homegrown terror. My heart goes out to Norway. A few days later they are showing that peace and goodness will prevail.

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My friend T and I completed 3.55 “hellish” miles on “the craziest (bleep) day of your life” as the Warrior Dash was billed. In truth it wasn’t nearly as challenging as it sounds. I don’t know if it’s because I regularly do crazy things like flip tires and run in the mud for fun but these obstacles weren’t all that insane. With the exception of the flame jumping and the mud pit at the end, the run was really pretty tame. But it was pretty darn fun, too. Next year we need to have costumes. Here we are in our warrior helmets.