Altitude adjustment in Cusco Continue reading The Salkantay Trek: acclimatization in Cusco
We mentioned in a previous post that we’re trying not to plan everything about this trip. But of course, some planning has to happen, including where to start. After deciding on Southeast Asia, the next question became which countries? Stereotypical though it may be, we are planning to visit what could be considered the core of the so-called Banana Pancake Trail*: Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. These four … Continue reading Where to begin?
“Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.” – Alan Keightley Continue reading Don’t wait
And we thought the Indian visa process was confusing… Continue reading In search of visas
How to plan NOT to plan. Continue reading The Challenge of Not Planning
Taking a leap into the unknown… Continue reading Vagabonds
It’s been over a year since we returned from Thailand, and though I wrote about the first part of our stay in Bangkok, as well as the first few days in Chiang Mai, I never did finish all the posts I had meant to. And, seeing as here in Boston we are in the midst of our third nor’easter in the past 10 days, revisiting … Continue reading Chiang Mai: one day, two delicious meals
The last two weeks have been wonderful, full of challenges, emotions, and surprises. It will take a few days (weeks) to sort through all the pictures, and write up the details of not just the trek itself but the delights of Lima and Cusco, two beautiful cities. For now, though, here are a few highlight photos. Continue reading We did it!
After seven months of planning, hundreds of miles of walking, and countless YouTube video research sessions, we are finally heading to Peru in the morning. Are we ready? We’ll find out. Almost as daunting as the prospect of the hike itself was the packing. Let me start by saying I’m a list-maker. I actually have a Universal Packing List document stored in Google (nerd alert!). … Continue reading Packing for Peru
We never planned to hike to Machu Picchu. Really. We’ve been talking about going for several years now, and in fact we sort of had it in mind to do as our 20th anniversary trip, which is next year. And when we talked about it, we most certainly put aside the idea of “trekking” there. It was inconceivable. While reasonably fit, neither of us are … Continue reading Training for the Trek