old city jerusalem

This photo from the Old City of Jerusalem is part of Tom’s photo exhibit “Time Zones” at the Icebox Gallery in Minneapolis through April 29. Click the photo, or here, for more info and to see the rest of the exhibit…if you can’t make it to Minneapolis.

Kris in the outdoor mall overlooking the Pacific. If you look closely, you can see surfers in the distance. If you look really closely, you can see the most delicious fish in the world somewhere out there waiting to be caught.

A Quick Dash Through Lima, Peru

We’ve been in Peru for five days now, and the first impressions are that Peru is more prosperous than Ecuador, and that this is due to a few things: the people just seem to be more entrepreneurial, especially when it comes to tourism; and the government seems more interested in actually doing things to promote […]

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Welcome to the Jungle (Part 1)

Traveling through Ecuador can be both breathtaking and discouraging. I’ll get to the breathtaking part later, but I wouldn’t be honest about how beautiful Ecuador can be if I didn’t also mention that it can be damn ugly, too. Starting about the time you pass the airport on your way north out of Quito, it […]

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See what I mean about the hands? Color's not bad either.

The Chapel of Guayasamín, Quito

Oswaldo Guayasamín, who died in 1999, is undoubtedly Ecuador’s most famous artist. You see his images everywhere you go. Even the shops that sell Indian handicrafts appropriate his work for everything from sweaters to painted peanut bowls. Inside the Capilla; you can see the scale It was his final gift to his country to establish […]

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According to the inscription on the wall, I'm at the equator

La Mitad del Mundo

I first went to La Mitad del Mundo the week I got to Ecuador. I was taken there by the family I stayed with for a month while I was first working at the school. They took me there because it was the monument to the site of the equator, and damnit, this is Ecuador, […]

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