Why I’m Not Excited About Visiting Machu Picchu (but Still Can’t Wait to Go)

I’ve already been to Machu Picchu two times (2005 and 2009). Over the years I’ve always tried to be a traveler instead of tourist simply checking off boxes to say that I’ve been somewhere. Despite that, Machu Picchu is the one place I’ve been everyone should see no matter the motivation. I went in 2005 […]

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What a Difference Having Residency Makes!

Last week, after nearly nine months living in Peru, I finally received my carnet de extranjera (residency card or “green card”) and I can guarantee it will make a big difference in benefits going forward. My application was approved by Peruvian Immigration officials a month ago, but it took awhile to receive the actual card […]

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The Top Places I Plan to Visit in South America

As the day gets closer and closer when I am living in South America permanently, I think a lot about the logistics of the move, but I’m also starting to think about all the places I want to visit. For me, visiting a place just to check it off my bucket list is not what […]

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