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Travel Theme: Meeting Place

You can find tapas, seafood and special “coke” cans at this Barcelona meeting place.
#kvpspain : A delicious tourist trap in #barcelona. Yummy seafood, tapas and street vendors with sketchy $60/coke cans. #fb
Plaça Reial in the Barri Gòtic.

We used this Cusco landmark to guide taxi drivers and Americans.
Plaza de Mayor in Cusco, Peru.

I watched friends and family meet for food and conversation in this French Canadian market.
Marche Jean-Talon in Montreal.

My entry for this week’s Travel Theme: Meeting Place.

Travel Theme: World Cups

I got a kick out of watching World Cup matches in Peru. I don’t speak Spanish. However- it seemed like all the sports networks generated so much analysis, commentary and chatter on every aspect of this international game. It sounded like they talked more about these matches than what I see and hear on American football.

Also, I had my fill of drama on the pitch. It was painful to watch Germany beat Team USA. It felt bizarre to cheer on Portugal, who helped us stay in the game.

More so-called “World Cups” spotted on our trip.
Silver Treasure in Museo Larco
Silver cups inside Museo Larco.

The museum also has this amazing collection of ancient pottery pieces.

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100 Happy Days: Miraflores

My last run in the Miraflores district of Lima.

I love all the mosaic art at Parque del Amor.

Cocktails at Rosa Nautica. Amazing view of surfers and waves crashing by the pier.

I ordered a Coco Loco.
Coco Loco

Dinner at Fiesta.

My favorite dish: ceviche a la brasa. This is my favorite ceviche dish in Peru, quickly seared on corn husks. NOM.

Day 53 of 100 Happy Days.

100 Happy Days: Museo Larco

LIMA – We visited Pueblo Libre in Lima. We explored Pre-Columbian art at Museo Larco.

They had iPhones, right?

For some exhibits – it’s all about the bling.

Outside, more works of art by nature.

Another exhibition room highlighted Pre-Columbian erotic art.
Breastfeeding icons were tame compared to other works in this exhibit.

Also, I think the ladies behind the “Free the Nipple” campaign would protest having these icons categorized as “erotic” art.

Still, interesting.
Day 52 of 100 Happy Days.

100 Happy Days: Machu Picchu

CUSCO, PERU – Checking off my traveler’s bucket list: Visiting the ancient Inca site of Machu Picchu.

It’s a challenging trip to do it without a tour company. But it’s doable. We had complete freedom over where we went and how long we lingered over the ruins.
Machu Picchu also left us breathless. Climbing stone stairs gave us one heck of a cardio workout. At 7,900 feet, the site is lower than Cusco. That means it was easier for us to breathe at Machu Picchu.

One of my favorite selfies from Peru.

Day 49 of 100 Happy Days.

Mobile Gym

LIMA – I’m quite happy that I packed my running shoes. I missed my happy post-workout glow.


I mapped out an easy running route during some free time in the newsroom. I daydreamed about running near the Pacific. I didn’t expect all the smog along Ave. Jose Prado in Miraflores.

The air cleared up when I ran down a residential street.
I loved this view from Malecón de la Reserva.

Benches as works of art in Parque del Amour. It reminded me of the beautiful mosaic benches in Barcelona.