Colca Canyon   literally breathtaking scenery at 3.500m altitude

  

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just a glimpse, stay tuned for more to explore  MilesAstray unfolds in retrospect. I was living these stories full time, now I'm making space to pen them down. Head over to the countries section for the latest places/stories and completed countries.

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a glimpse

 

glimpse: CHANGE | Seeing it from our tiny and perishable human dimension, earth seems immutable. Rock-solid cliffs look like they always have been and always will be. Yet, the face of the earth is changing as it ages, just like ours, just a little slower. Future generations will have to redraw the physical map as erosion, climate change and tectonic movements will have their say. And tectonic change is bound to happen on that political map too, as society gets its way, pushing or erasing arbitrary borders with pencils or tanks. We’ll all be moved by this constant and inevitable change, one way or another, literally and figuratively. Those, desperately clinging on to the known, might frown and tremble. Those, welcoming the unkown might find beauty and comfort in the embrace of change.

glimpse: AT HER MERCY | She calls us back with a roar. No matter if we meet her with joy, awe or even fear, she draws us near. And when we immerse ourselves in the element that birthed us, we trust her. We trust her surf will carry us, not crush us. We trust her with our life because we know she is benevolent and giving, even though her capricious side can toss us around in the tide. We are, after all, at her mercy.

My eyes didn't linger on Machu Picchu, but drifted to the limestone formations all around, where playful rays now surged the air between them.

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Machu Picchu

 

Lima   Everybody said she was ugly. And maybe the low expectations were part of it, but I fell for Lima right away, despite being utterly broke. There were limeños who helped me with free accommodation and jobs from day one.

this blue

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Laguna 69, Huaraz

I had never associated the desert with South America.

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Huacachina Oasis

 

 

 

 

 

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places / stories

story lived, yet to be written
Arequipa / Couchsurfing Gratitude & Commitment
story lived, yet to be written
Colca Canyon / On the Hike-Run
story lived, yet to be written
Cusco / The Crux of DIY
story lived, yet to be written
Huacachina Oasis / “This is Huaca-Fucking-China”
story lived, yet to be written
Huanchaco / These Waves
story lived, yet to be written
Huaraz / Altitude Sickness, Magic Pills & Twist Endings
story lived, yet to be written
Lima / Broke at Last – Survival Chronicles
story lived, yet to be written
Machu Picchu / Attraction Trap
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story lived, yet to be written
Paracas / My Beloved Solitude & My Beloved People
story lived, yet to be written
Picapiedra / Of Heroes & Villains
story lived, yet to be written
Trujillo / Uneasy Feelings & Time Warps
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Arequipa / Couchsurfing Gratitude & Commitment

story lived

yet to be written

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Colca Canyon / On the Hike-Run

story lived

yet to be written

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Cusco / The Crux of DIY

story lived

yet to be written

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Huacachina Oasis / “This is Huaca-Fucking-China”

story lived

yet to be written

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Huanchaco / These Waves

story lived

yet to be written

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Huaraz / Altitude Sickness, Magic Pills & Twist Endings

story lived

yet to be written

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Lima / Broke at Last – Survival Chronicles

story lived

yet to be written

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Machu Picchu / Attraction Trap

story lived

yet to be written

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Paracas / My Beloved Solitude & My Beloved People

story lived

yet to be written

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Picapiedra / Of Heroes & Villains

story lived

yet to be written

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Trujillo / Uneasy Feelings & Time Warps

story lived

yet to be written

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related

 

photos | landscapes

Americas

nature's wild heart

Raw Patagonian horizons stretching all the way to rough coastlines in Newfoundland with myriad wonders harbored in-between: from azure glaciers, altitude canyons and psychedelic lagoon-waters to ash-spewing volcanoes, jungle greens and soaring falls. see more

 

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elsewhere

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in South America

reads | travel

Must I Really Though?

 

when musts outnumber wants in your wanderlust soles

...strapped into our backpacks, to declare guerrilla war on bleak society regimes with Mondays? Every child is more of a rebel, when Mom allots musts... read more

reads | travel

Who Is That White Savior With the Complex?

Are Westerners trying to save the world on their terms?

...development assistance can  be viable; unless it feeds into an individual or systemic White Savior Complex that results in the idea of one side helping the other and distracts people from the underlying issues and inequities. read more

photos | urban

South America

brick beauty & street art meet splendor

tin roofs & brick oceans juxtaposing sleek high rises & centuries-old architecture see more

Argentina
from falls to glaciers
Bolivia
surreal Altiplano dreamscapes
Brazil
bustling sprawls & pristine jungle
Chile
rugged beauty, bohemian cities
Colombia
where Caribbean & Andes meet
Ecuador
tiny country, big culture & nature
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Spain

Barcelona / Revolution in the Air, But Where?