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Exploring Cusco, Peru (July 2018)

Lima had its highlights, but Cusco had a flare of its own!  Aside from the turbulent plane ride and altitude sickness, my mom and I really enjoyed ourselves (and wish we could go back)…

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The city center had a lot to offer!  The architecture was a mix of what you’d envision in places like Spain or Portugal with South American charm.  There were terraces and balconies on almost every building, especially the restaurants!  We were in this valley surrounded by mountains, tourists from all over the globe and many friendly street vendors (AND pups).

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The narrow streets really fascinated my mom and me because there were so many cars AND so many people weaving through them.  We would chase after the sun because the wind and cool air picked up in the images you see above.  I’m also lucky that I didn’t twist an ankle because the fitted sidewalks were incredibly uneven!

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My mom and I saw TONS of friendly dogs and bright colors while walking in the evening.  We also heard beautiful music and were able to see a fun parade during one of our nights in Cusco.

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Many consider Cusco a tourist trap, but I hope these photos prove otherwise.  My mom and I really immersed ourselves in the culture and didn’t want to come home!

Ecola State Park, Oregon

Friday, July 27 (continued)

After our time relaxing at the beach, Al and I knew we had some hiking to do!

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Our walk to the state park wasn’t all flowers and sunshine though!  We had to walk up to the entrance of the park, which consisted of walking uphill for ~30 mins-1 hour and made us short of breath even before the “real” hiking began!

Once we arrived at the entrance, the guide helped us pick which trail we wanted to hike.  Since we craved high, ocean views, we chose to head west and felt the ocean air.

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Prior to heading back uphill to continue on our path, a huge bug landed in Al’s mouth as he was talking! I was laughing so hard that I couldn’t even walk back up on the trail!

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Even though I couldn’t get his bug incident on camera, I’m happy we took the above pictures 🙂

The views were incredible, the stories were endless, and the laughs were much-needed after a long day of hiking!

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So many “Foss’s”! Seljalandsfoss and Svartifoss Falls, Iceland

“Foss” in Icelandic is “waterfall” in English, so there are many long names with “foss” at the end in this country!

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Seljalandsfoss and Svartifoss were two of the last sites seen on our South Coast tour.  It was breezy, hailing and damp, but well worth it 🙂

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That’s a wrap for my Iceland posts!  Thank you for reading and following my story.  Now I need to start writing about Peru… 😉

Black Sand Beach, Iceland

My mom and I returned from Peru yesterday evening!  I really need to wrap up my Iceland posts to start my Peru ones…

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After Bethany and I left the glacier, we were able to visit a black sand beach!  It was great because the sun was out (at first) and the landscape reminded me of Ireland all over again!

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As you can see, the sun doesn’t stay out for long in Iceland…

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The sand was so pure and dark, that my boots blend in here!^

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My Michigan roots have always led me to water, and I’m happy to have seen this side of Iceland!

Sólheimajökull (South Coast Glacier)

I can’t pronounce, let alone SPELL, the name of this glacier.  What I CAN tell you is that this glacier is a must-see on Iceland’s southern coast!

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The walk to get here from the parking lot wasn’t short; however, with views like these, I would’ve walked an extra mile!

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I had Iceland layovers in 2014 AND 2016, so I had to make 2018 count 🙂 Going outside of the city is something I should’ve done four years ago…

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Being so close to the water made me want to swim in it (or at least go kayaking)!

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The walk back consisted of hail, rain, snow, and sunshine all in one!  But with the sunshine came a lot of green.

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Note: I chose not to lighten any of these photos because I want you to see the glacier (almost) as I did!

Downtown Reykjavik & Street Art

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Reykjavik is truly a melting pot, mainly due to increased tourism over the years!  Even though the city had more authenticity when I first visited in 2014, this May was the first time I truly experienced all Reykjavik had to offer…

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The “pops of color” and street art took over its downtown area, which is something I always feel the need to photograph!

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Reykjavik is unique in many ways, one being that you feel like you’re in Norway, Ireland, and the early 2000s (at times) all in one!

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Oh, and the gluten-free dessert AND savory crepes were beyond amazing!!!

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No matter where you turned, you saw something special; you definitely weren’t in the States anymore!

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My message to you: always go off the beaten path!

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