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Social observations of urban and rural Peru

I’m four seven weeks late to write this, but I’ve come to learn that life gets in the way like that sometimes. My 10-day trip to Peru … well it was a 10-day trip to Peru. Lima, Cusco, the Andes, Machu Picchu — the story is in the pictures, and we have thousands of them. My observations, however, didn’t translate quite well to film. Lima is a magnificent city, one that often gets unnecessary flack from travelers for “being empty” of value for tourists. I disagree wholeheartedly, as the Peruvian capital is one of the greatest places I’ve had the pleasure of…

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Traveling the South Pacific

It’s taken me a few days to sit down to write. When you realize the end of a life-changing journey has arrived, it’s difficult to digest. The people with whom I’ve shared some of the highest and lowest moments of my young life will be out of the picture in five days. “Temporary” goodbyes become more permanent with each passing day, and promises to stay in touch prove to be nothing more than coping mechanisms to dull the pain of the present fading into the past. This is where I now stand. I am lucky to have spent the past week…

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Letting the world change you

It’s always difficult to come home from a vacation, especially when you’ve got mounds of work to finish. I suppose my last act of procrastination, and the last leg of my holiday, will be here at the keyboard recounting my week in the South Island of New Zealand. On the 23 of April, a group of us set out from Auckland to Queenstown at 4 AM. The misery of that bus ride is indescribable. When you get into Queenstown, you’re greeted by this tiny city surrounded by breathtaking mountains and lakes. It’s small, pretty squared off but packed with restaurants,…

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The Tauranga Chapter

It’s been a little over a month since my arrival to this side of the Pacific, and the homesickness is starting to kick in ever so slightly. I miss the sound of mariachi static and tamale vendors, the taste of horchata with carne asada mixed with a splash of smog. I miss my adopted city of Los Angeles and all the people, trials and tribulations that come with it. That’s not to say that I’m not loving my extended study-vacation in Aotearoa. I was able to find a slice of Latin America last Thursday night at Circolombia: Urban. This incredible…

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Bienvenidos a Nueva Zelanda

Close to three weeks have passed since I first arrived in New Zealand, and unfortunately now is the first time I’ve decided to sit down and record my thoughts and experiences. This beautiful land of uninhabited islands, small towns and overpriced food is extremely hard to characterize. In Auckland, specifically, you have an incredibly diverse population that exemplifies the “salad bowl” philosophy. You have the native Kiwis and Maoris, you have Chinese, Japanese, Taiwanese, Thai, Vietnamese and Korean populations, you have Indian and Middle Eastern ethnic groups and a hoard of Europeans all in the same boat. Auckland does not…

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