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 penning them down. Head over to the countries page for the latest places/stories.

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a glimpse

 

glimpse: CHANGE | Peeking out through the tiny peephole of our 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 according to what erosion, climate change, and tectonic movements dictate. And tectonic change is bound to happen on that political map too, as society has its say, pushing or erasing arbitrary borders with pencils or tanks. We will all be moved by this constant and inevitable change, one way or another, literally and figuratively. Those who desperately cling to the known, might find that it doesn’t have much grip. Those who welcome the unknown might find comfort in the embrace of change.

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.

Turqoise Lagoon Waters at Laguna 69 in Peru's Huaraz Region

this blue

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Laguna 69, Huaraz

I had never associated the desert with South America.

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Huacachina Oasis

Desert Dune at Huacachina Oasis near Ica in Peru
 

 

 

 

 

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places / stories

Arequipa / Couchsurfing Gratitude & Commitment

yet to be written

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Colca Canyon / On the Hike-Run

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Cusco / The Crux of DIY

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

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Huanchaco / These Waves

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Huaraz / Altitude Sickness, Magic Pills & Twist Endings

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Lima / Broke

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Machu Picchu / Attraction Trap

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Paracas / My Beloved Solitude & My Beloved People

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Picapiedra / Of Heroes & Villains

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Trujillo / Time Warps

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related

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

reads | travel

Must I Really Though?

when musts outnumber wants on your wanderlust list

Aren’t most of us out here, strapped into our backpacks, to declare guerrilla war on bleak societal regimes with Mondays? Every child is more of a rebel when Mom allots musts. read more

photos | landscapes

Americas

wilderness heart

The glaciers looked like petrified tsunamis, and the psychedelic lagoons like glitches, and that altitude canyon like an abyss in the sky. see more

photos | urban

South America

brick beauty & street art, color & glass

From Medellin to La Paz to Rio, the hills bled bricks. The street art wasn’t born there, [...] urbane installations mixed with flamboyant Pacha Mama spirituality that formed a fairly tame and countenanced link between dyed colonialist old towns and glassy capitalist new towns. see more

 

 

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elsewhere

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in South America