Cusco

DAY SEVEN I'd say at least 75% of our group got knocked out with stomach or other problems at some point during the trip and it was my turn. This was a Netflix and sit in bed with fever and chills day. I missed a walk around central Cusco, but came back to life as we spent the next few days exploring other small towns in the area.

DAY EIGHT

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DAY NINE

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DAY TEN

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Source: http://www.shoot2studios.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/26-5535-post/Cusco-20160216122219.jpg

The Sacred Valley

DAY THREE We took an early flight from Lima to Cusco, where we boarded a bus and descended into the Sacred Valley.

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The protesters had said they were going to block the roads until midnight, but a steady rain moved in and foiled their resolve. After our unplanned 2.5 hour stop, the people went inside and we were able to make it through town.

DAY FOUR

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Source: http://www.shoot2studios.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/23-5441-post/Urubamba-20160211135216.jpg

Lima

Lima is not so much a single city as it is 43 separate cities squished together and filled with ten million people. My dad and I landed after midnight and made our way to our hotel in the upscale Miraflores district. In the morning we got to venture out to see things in daylight. Here's a little of what we saw. DAY ONE

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Source: http://www.shoot2studios.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/22-5400-post/Lima-20160210133653.jpg

Costa Rican Days

Maybe the cold, gray days of Ohio's January are already getting to me. Maybe the anticipation of upcoming travels are reminding me of past adventures. Maybe I looked at the calendar and found it hard to believe that it's already been eight years since I went on this trip. In any case, I have so many great memories from the ten weeks I spent traveling around in Costa Rica and I wanted to share a few here. Just a little background - A few weeks after my college graduation I skipped town and spent something like four weeks taking spanish classes and living with home stay families just outside of San Jose, and the rest of the time staying with my uncle and cousins at their house in Barva. On the weekends we'd travel. I hit just about every part of the country and even ventured down into Panama. Most of the pictures below were taken with a little six megapixel point and shoot, and a few were taken by others. I won't ramble on in detail about the stories behind the pictures. These are just a few of the things I saw.

Not pictured are a million other things including but not limited to... Street dogs everywhere. The most amazing night sky I've ever seen. Fresh fruit every day. Jogging up and down steep hills. Nothing but diesel cars on the road. Being slipped counterfeit money. Long, bumpy bus rides. $6 a night hostels. Beans and rice. Driving 5mph through impossibly foggy mountain roads in the middle of the night. Being asked for bribes by border officials.  Relearning how to get around and make plans without cell phones. Thieving monkeys. Old school internet cafes. Trying to figure out foreign bus systems on my own after having completely lost my voice. Sleeping surrounded by books at my uncle's house. Being a stared at like an alien by indigenous Panamanians. Learning which local soccer teams to root for. Being the only one in travel groups that spoke Spanish well enough to negotiate with taxi drivers (i.e. prevent us from getting ripped off). Accidentally driving across country borders. Leaving the country, looking out the window from the plane, seeing clear overhead views of the volcanos, forests, beaches, and towns I'd seen from the ground.

Source: http://www.shoot2studios.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/CR-20070210145413.jpg

The Great European Adventure

I certainly don't consider myself a travel photographer, but we had the amazing opportunity to travel around Europe for most of the summer. For any of you travel lovers out there, I hope you enjoy scrolling through some of my favorites from our time on the road. If you're interested in hearing more details of the travels, check out our trip's blog - www.adventuresofsteveandjenny.com.

The Summer Tour

Greetings from London! We just wanted to post an update for everybody checking in. We'll be marching through Europe (see what I did there) this summer, so if you need to contact us, please use the webform or email. Don't try to call as we won't have regular access to phones.

Check back often for new posts!

Cheers,

Steve

No more storms, please.

For those people who don't live on the Gulf Coast and never watch TV, Hurricane Isaac rolled over New Orleans last week.  The luckiest among us got to have hurricane parties with our neighbors and whine about our four or five swampy days spent without air conditioning and being able to watch Jeopardy.  I'm happy to be back up and running with no problems, but my thoughts go out to those who now have to deal with cars crushed by uprooted oaks, collapsed roofs, and the muck and mold that comes with flooding. Wishing a speedy recovery to all those affected.

-Steve