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About This OM Symbol

by Kim July 21, 2013

I wear this OM around my neck to remind me that the universe has my back. And I wear it as a celebration of the thrilling fact that life is magic and filled with things so big that we cannot explain or understand them.

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Tips for surviving South American bus rides

by Kim March 10, 2013

When I think back on our time in South America I don’t automatically think about volunteering in Ecuador or visiting the Galapagos Islands or even hiking the Inca Trail. The first thing I think about is being on buses. Read on for my tips on taking long-haul buses in South America.

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Touring Rio de Janeiro’s national park (’cause, yeah, they have one)

by Kim February 17, 2013

A surprising tour of Rio de Janeiro’s Tijuca National Park, the largest urban park in the world.

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El Chalten, Argentina in pictures: my new favorite place on earth

by Kim December 11, 2012

A photo-essay of my new favorite place on earth: El Chalten, Argentina

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Our incredible weekend with monkeys

by Kim November 11, 2012

Confession: I fell hopelessly in love in Puerto Maldonado with a few charming, irresistible guys. Our incredible weekend with monkeys.

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A little story about a little sloth

by Kim November 7, 2012

A little story about a little sloth stranded on the side of a river in the Amazon

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A visit to Peru’s Amazon Jungle

by Kim October 31, 2012

A visit to Peru’s Amazon Jungle was just what we needed to get our travel mojo back.

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Updates, rickshaw run, and travel fits and starts

by Kim October 23, 2012

Travel updates, new Rickshaw Run sponsors and how life on the road isn’t quite how I thought it would be

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Completing the tough road to Machu Picchu

by Kim October 17, 2012

Days three and four on the Inca Trail- we finally reach Machu Picchu!

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Footsteps and thoughts from the Inca Trail

by Kim October 15, 2012

Footsteps and thoughts from the Inca Trail: Part 1

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The cost of traveling in Ecuador

by Kim October 9, 2012

Details about what it cost us to travel through Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands for six weeks.

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Our first glimpse of Peru: beach life in Mancora

by Kim October 4, 2012

We crossed the boarder from Ecuador into Peru and rode the bus to Mancora, arriving in the wee hours of the morning. When I opened my eyes early the next afternoon I found myself in paradise.

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Cow Chasing and the Mystery of Grace

by Kim September 30, 2012

A story about chasing down a runaway cow and the mystery of being blessed with what you ask for.

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Luna Runtun Adventure Spa: a Baños oasis

by Kim September 26, 2012

We had an amazing two-night stay in one of Ecuador’s most romantic hotels: Luna Runtun Adventure Spa. It was heaven!

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Volunteering abroad: sometimes you receive more than you give

by Kim September 23, 2012

The other night, after a long day at our volunteering gig, a fellow volunteer, who knows I have this blog, asked what I would be writing about my experience volunteering at Arte del Mundo. I told him I’d write the truth: that I’ve had a great time settling into Banos, that I’ve loved meeting and spending time with the other volunteers, but that the actual act of volunteering has been somewhat hard for me.

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Settling into life in Baños, Ecuador

by Kim September 19, 2012

We’re currently in Banos, Ecuador, where we’re spending three weeks, and we love it here. Banos itself is small and charming, a beautiful little town tucked into the Andes mountains. We are living and volunteering at Arte del Mundo, an organization that promotes literacy and the arts to the children of Banos.

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