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Brazil

BrazilRio de JaneiroDecember 2014Our journey to Rio de Janeiro started with a three hour drive from Austin to Houston. When we checked in for our flight, they told us they would have to move our seating to first class. My travel buddy, Isaac Miller, and I acquiesced to their rigid protocol and moved our luggage to 1st class. First-class seats …

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Bolivia

BoliviaWE TOOK A BOAT FROM PERU, ACROSS LAKE TITICACA TO GET TO BOLIVIAIf I have my pictures right, the above is Iglesia de San Francisco (construction began in 1549) with its arresting blend of mestizo and Spanish styles. Behind the church is the Witches’ Market where you can buy a bizarre assortment of goods including amulets, potions, delicately crafted silver …

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Peru

PeruCuscoThat’s Don next to me, in front of our hotel.This is Herman, explaining the historical significance of this alley.Herman is a retired, Peruvian history teacher. When Herman heard we had altitude sickness, he offered to cure us. He gathered up some herbs and brought them to our hotel. He had us lay down on our beds. Then he rubbed the …