A wide view of the Mars-like terrain of Wadi Rum. So Mars-like that it's where they shot The Martian. Tire tracks follow behind.

Is Not Chicago

shenanigans and tomfoolery throughout the world

Machu Picchu

August 22, 2014
Cusco, Peru
As I’ve described previously, this is part of my series of getting caught up on my South American adventures, and as such will be much shorter than my usual posts. As I had a very undefined itinerary for the second half of my trip, I did not know when I would arrive in Cuzco and when I would be able to do my Machu Picchu trek. The famous route is the Inca Trail… Read more
Your intrepid traveler kneeling atop a rock hovering above the beautiful hills and valleys of Machu Pichu. Like an asshole, of course I made it my profile picture.

Adventure Works

August 22, 2014
Chicago, Illinois, United States
My last post on this blog was July 9, 2012. Over two years ago. That is simply unacceptable. Part has been a lack of international travel… Read more

Some Kind of Jetlag

July 20, 2012
Chicago, Illinois, United States
I’ll call it latitudinal jet lag. As my travels were due south, there was no drastic time zone shift upon my return to reality. But my circadian rhythm has been thrown out of whack nonetheless. When I left Chicago in February the sun was setting around 5pm. In Argentina summer was in its final weeks and autumn was quickly approaching (that still didn’t stop the excessive heat in Buenos Aires… Read more

Floating Islands

May 10, 2012
Puno, Peru
Ever since I was little it’s been impossible for me to say Titicaca without giggling at least a little bit. Even as I stand at its shore, maturity still has yet to grace me. At least it’s complemented by a sense of awe at the immensity and beauty of this tranquil lake. It could just be the lack of oxygen at this altitude… Read more

Ecuador Social Media Posts

May 4, 2012
I got really far behind on my actual blog posts at this point, so here are a few Facebook and Twitter posts from my time in Ecuador: A series of “oh, I’ll just stay here on more night” and overly expensive Peru-Ecuador plane tickets might lead me to have to miss the Galapagos on this trip. Any suggestions on how I should spend the next week getting from northern Peru to Quito? – Mancora… Read more

La Paz Photos

April 26, 2012
Nuestra Señora de La Paz, La Paz Department, Bolivia
Here’s a full photo album of my time in La Paz including Lucha Libre and Death Road. And a little insight into my time in La Paz. “do you have any plans for tomorrow? because I don’t know about you, but I plan on getting ridiculously drunk tonight.” 5 minutes later: “this is going to sound ridiculous but I have to be up tomorrow at 7 to be on Bolivian television”  

The Most Dangerous Road. In the World.

April 26, 2012
La Paz Department, Bolivia
North Yungas Road, leading from La Paz to Coroico, Bolivia has been christened “the world’s most dangerous road”. It’s affectionately known now as “Death Road”. It winds down the side of mountains rarely more than a single lane wide and even more rarely with guardrails. The road goes under waterfalls, over streams, with the sheer dropoff just outside the window. In the past… Read more

¡Lucha Libre!

April 26, 2012
Nuestra Señora de La Paz, La Paz Department, Bolivia
And now we come to what has definitely been a highlight of the trip. While many visitors to La Paz go to the touristy cholita wrestling, I had the opportunity to attend a truly local luche libre “match” (“show” might be more correct… Read more

Salty Uyuni

April 24, 2012
Potosi Department, Bolivia
I’m now pretty far behind on my posts, so some of these next few may be on the shorter, did-this-then-did-that, side as I try to catch up. Sunday 25 March–Thursday 29 March After a quick reunion over a lomito (steak sandwich with egg and everything) with Victoria in Iguazu, it was off to the airport for an overnight layover in BA. My flight the next morning  was early… Read more

On Lima

April 23, 2012
San Isidro District, Municipalidad Metropolitana de Lima, Peru
Me: Lima is definitely not the same Peru I’ve spent the past two weeks in. Ross: how so? Me: I can name several specific differences, but it basically boils down to: there’s actually money in Lima.