Gluten Free Muffins Orange Almond Coconut.
Food, Wellness

Gluten Free Muffins: Orange Almond Coconut

Delicious Gluten Free Orange Almond Coconut Muffins

These delicious gluten free muffins are an amazing dessert/snack that won’t leave you feeling bloated or tired afterwards. It’s entirely possible to make good tasting, healthy sweets!

Instead of regular white flour which is highly processed and generally unhealthy, in this recipe, we turn to a combination of brown rice flour, almond flour, and arrowroot. The flavors of orange, coconut and almond blend nicely here. Instead of refined sugar, you can use maple syrup and sucanat for a subtle backnote of sweetness.

Serve these gluten free muffins for breakfast, brunch, dessert or an afternoon snack. This recipe will yield 10 muffins.

Gluten Free Muffins Ingredients:

1 cup (177 g/6.25 oz) brown rice flour
2/3 cup (58 g/2 oz) almond flour
1/2 cup (70 g/2.46 oz) arrowroot
1/3 cup (56 g/2 oz) Sucanat
2 tsp (10 g/0.34 oz) baking powder
1/2 tsp (1.5 g/0.05 oz) kosher salt
1/3 cup (100 g/3.5 oz) maple syrup
1/2 cup (121 g/4.3 oz) orange juice
Finely grated zest of 1 orange
1 1/2 tsp (6 g/0.21 oz) vanilla extract
1/2 cup (42 g/1.5 oz) chopped almonds
1/4 cup (21 g/0.75 oz) unsweetened shredded coconut

Gluten Free Muffins Orange Almond Coconut.

Fernanda’s Gluten Free Orange Almond Coconut Muffins

Gluten Free Muffins Instructions:

Preheat oven to 375°F. Line 10 cups in a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners, or grease them well with coconut oil.

In a large bowl, mix together the brown rice flour, almond flour, arrowroot, Sucanat, baking powder and salt. Make a well in the center, then add the maple syrup, orange juice, orange zest and vanilla. Gradually stir the dry ingredients into the wet ones, mixing just until blended. Stir in the almonds and coconut.

Spoon the batter into the prepared cups, filling them two-thirds full, and smooth the top of each muffin. Bake for 12 to 16 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffins comes out clean. Cool the muffins in the pan, set on a wire rack, for at least 15 minutes before serving.

Please leave a comment in the comments section if you have any questions!

Have fun and bake with love! Enjoy :)

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Fernanda Capobianco

Journalist and native of Brazil, Fernanda Capobianco founded Vegan Divas, an upscale vegan, animal free, non cholesterol, organic, kosher and parve, low calories and delicious line of baked goods and desserts. Vegan Divas is located in the Upper Eastside of New York City. Fernanda had a clear goal from the beginning: "It has been my dream to create gourmet pastries with the quality, taste and presentation similar to those offered by the best gourmet bakeries but as healthy baked goods.”

Vegan Divas has thousands of customers who enjoy vegan food including prominent figures such as Anne Hatthaway, Bill Clinton, and Mike Tyson. Fernanda recently did the Clinton Foundation event for 2,000 people.

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Wellness

3 Ayurvedic Cleansing Techniques You Can Start Using Today

3 Ayurvedic Cleansing Techniques to Implement Today

Ayurveda is the ancient Indian science of life that has been used for over 4000 years. Here are three simple Ayurvedic cleansing techniques that you can begin today. These techniques may seem odd or complex, but once learned, they are easy to understand and execute. These three Ayurvedic cleansing techniques are the basic tenants of daily Ayurvedic hygiene.

1. Ayurvedic Tongue Scraping

If you thought brushing your teeth in the morning & evening was sufficient for oral health, think again. Tongue scraping is the perfect supplement to flossing and teeth brushing. Tongue scraping is one of the most efficient Ayurvedic cleansing techniques. Tongue scraping is basic and easy, yet so important.

The tongue plays crucial roles in healthy body functioning. As you sleep each night, toxins accumulate on your tongue. Every morning, as soon as you wake up (before brushing your teeth), use your tongue scraper to remove the layer of toxins.

Depending on the individual, Ayurveda recommends recommends a copper, gold, or silver tongue scraper.

For beginners, you can simply start with a stainless steel tongue scraper or even a plastic tongue scraper from your local pharmacy or grocery market.

As an added benefit, removing the phlegm from your tongue each day will improve your breath. ;)

2. Ayurvedic Oil Pulling

Ayurvedic oil pulling is a terrific way to cleanse your mouth. Through consistent oil pulling, your teeth, tongue, and gums will be cleansed. Oil pulling is one of the more simple, inexpensive, ancient Ayurvedic cleansing techniques. Oil pulling will cleanse your mouth in ways that brushing your teeth does not.

To oil pull, bring a spoonful of vegetable or coconut oil to your mouth and use it as you would mouthwash. Gargle the oil for fifteen to twenty minutes. Spit the oil out (not in sink because it can cause clogs in drains) and brush your teeth immediately after to rid your mouth of toxins.

Warning: Do not swallow the oil! The oil is full of toxins after swishing around in your mouth for twenty minutes.

Check out our post here on the Benefits of Oil Pulling.

3. Ayurvedic Neti Pot Cleansing

Some of the benefits of Ayurvedic Neti Pot Cleaning include:

  • Flushing of harmful matter (i.e. dirt, dust, bacteria, etc.)
  • Increase in the flow of prana (energy)
  • Improved breathing
  • Improved sense of hearing
  • Natural alternative to sinus medication

How to start using a Neti Pot:

Purchase a neti pot from an Ayurvedic store or even your local pharmacy. Fill the neti pot to the correct level with warm water (after it has boiled and cooled) and pharmaceutical grade salt.

Put the spout of the neti pot in your nostril and lean your head slightly forward. Tilt your head to a 45 degree angle. This will ensure that gravity will assist and your nasal passage will be cleansed with ease. The water enters in one nostril and out the other. As soon as the water is gone, refill the neti pot with water and salt and repeat on the opposite nostril.

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Woman using Ayurvedic Neti Pot, image courtesy: zogayoga

Neti pot cleansing should be practiced with care and meticulous attention. It can be dangerous otherwise.

Advice for using neti pot effectively:

  • Use 100% sea salt or pharmaceutical grade salt that has been manufactured specifically for Ayurvedic Neti Pot Cleansing.
  • Use filtered water. Warning: Do not use tap water for Neti Pot cleansing. Tap water may contain trace contaminants that can cause significant harm. Use Distilled water and boil it.
  • Clean your neti pot with hot, filtered water after each usage. Dry your neti pot with a paper towel and store in a dry, cool, dark place.
  • Do not cover one nostril and blow nose
  • The water should be warm but comfortable, you don’t want to burn your nasal passage.
  • The ratio between water and salt is also important. Do not use use too much or too little salt.

Note: I have recently implemented Neti Pot cleansing as a tool to improve athletic performance. Before every basketball game, I cleanse my nasal passage with my Neti Pot. The results have been great as I can breathe so much easier. My stamina has increased tenfold.

Here is our preferred Neti Pot.

We hope you implement these Ayurvedic Cleansing Techniques to feel more alive, well, healthy, and lucid.

What is your experience in using these (or other) Ayurvedic Cleansing Techniques?

 

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Paz Romano

Co~creator of Lucid Practice, former college football player, yoga practitioner, world traveler. I’m passionate about big ideas, genuine conversation, non~conformity, spirituality/religion, helping others, and learning…. always learning.
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Kate and Brian in South America, Panama, South America, Travel

Long Weekend at the Beach: Bocas Del Toro Travel Blog – Panama

Bocas Del Toro Travel: Our Third Stop

Bocas Del Toro is a province of Northern Panama that is made up of lots of small islands located on the Caribbean Sea. This was our third stop in our four month journey. We arrived here after spending time in the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica and Boquete in Northern Panama. While we looked forward to traveling to Bocas for months, we were somewhat disappointed with the destination after spending four days there in February of 2014 (yes, a very small sample size lol). 

After spending a week in Boquete, we were seeking a tropical paradise, but found an over populated, party focused island of Isla Colon. Even though Bocas wasn’t fully what we expected it to be after reading many great reviews, we did find some really great places to visit…spend your entire trip on Bastamientos..!

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Bocas Del Toro Travel Terrain:

The terrain of the different areas in ‘the mouth of the bull’ is incredible. You will find mountains, jungle, beaches, and so many different types of environments, on so many tiny islands. 

Bocas Del Toro Travel Favorite Spot: Bastamientos

The best day of the four was spent on the island of Bastamientos. 

Kate and I took a taxi cab boat about fifteen minutes over to Bastamientos, home of red frog beach. 

The fifteen minute or so walk to the beach was a bit mucky that day, but I think we’ll remember the time spent on the beach for a long time. Just a few people, incredible breaks, straw huts, fresh coconut juice…life is good!! 

Bocas Del Toro Travel Recap:

We didn’t get to eat anything crazy or really do anything crazy during the 4 days in Boca Del Toro so no special advice. We were mainly cooking our own meals, reading, and hanging out. We would walk to Bocas Town at night to watch all the action and people partying. 

I feel lucky and blessed to be able to document it here.

After a few nights in Bocas we took a bus down to David and then moved on to Santa Fe, Panama, one of my favorite destinations on the 2014 trip. Excited to document it in the near future! 

Peace,

Brian

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I'm Brian. I hope to live simply and enjoy the present moment.
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Learning, Music, Reggae

11 Surprising Facts About Bob Marley

Interesting Facts About Bob Marley

I decided to read the critically acclaimed Timothy White biography, Catch a Fire: The Life of Bob Marley because I was hoping to learn more about the man behind the music that has been so deeply moving to me. I became interested after listening to Bob for a few months straight.

Bob’s music has had such an impact on me, it is so powerful.

I started to question the perception of Bob in the US.

I had a funny feeling that the short sited view of Bob Marley in the US was wrong and somewhat disrespectful and dismissive. I thought, “There’s got to be so much more to Bob Marley than a good singer who smoked pot.” Indeed there was.

Here are 11 surprising facts about Bob Marley:

1. Bob Marley once worked as a custodian in the USA.

For a short while, when he was in his early twenties, Bob Marley lived and worked as a custodian in the state of Delaware. Bob did not enjoy the work and eventually quit. I found this to be one of the most fascinating facts about Bob Marley.

2. How Bob Marley met his wife Rita.

One day, before the band had reached it’s pinnacle of popularity, Rita and a group of her friends ran into Bob Marley and The Wailers as they walked to band rehearsal. Rita and her friends continued to join The Wailers as they walked to rehearsal and eventually began hanging out in The Wailers’ studio.

Bob told Rita he was romantically interested in her through a written letter. Rita was shocked as Bob never showed any interest in her previously despite her constantly being around the band.

3. Bob’s real name was Nesta.

Nesta is Jamaican for ‘messenger’. Bob Marley was actually born Nesta Robert Marley, but inverted the first and middle name when he came to the United States, with his full name becoming Robert Nesta Marley. His mother, Cedella, chose this name because she had visions of his birth and believed he was blessed by God. All his family and friends referred to him as ‘Nesta’ growing up. In his later teenage years, Bob preferred being called ‘Bob’ because it made him sound more like a professional musician.

4. Bob Marley never fired (or even touched) a firearm.

Despite all the violence in Jamaica, it is believed that Bob never fired a shot. This is the one of the facts about Bob Marley that researchers are 99.9% certain of.

5. Before his death, Bob traveled to Germany to be treated by a controversial Oncologist.

The German oncologist extended Bob’s life by 6 months, more than anyone thought possible.

6. Bob’s estate was valued at $30mm at death.

There are ongoing battles over publishing rights to Bob’s records and to who rightfully owns the money in the estate. This is one of the facts about Bob Marley that was discussed in White’s book ad nauseam.

7. Bob Marley was seen as a brilliant child.

Bob was seen as the most intelligent child in his age group and often made prophetic statements that later became true.

8. When he was 5 years old, Bob Marley’s family had no idea of his whereabouts for one year.

Bob’s father took him to Kingston for schooling, but left Bob with a stranger to fend for himself. Bob’s mother had no idea where he was for one year. Then one day, Bob’s aunt was visiting Kingston and spotted him walking. Even after this, it still took weeks for Bob’s aunt to remember where she spotted him. Once she recalled, Bob’s mother found young Bob who had been staying with a woman for the previous few months. Bob’s mother took him back to the countryside where he was born. This is one of the more fascinating facts about Bob Marley that makes his life even more remarkable.

9. Bob Marley jogged several miles each morning for energy.

Bob was relentless about this habit. He’d wake up early every morning and run outside for miles. He would often drag the reluctant members of The Wailers with him. This was one of my favorite facts about Bob Marley. When I first learned this, it struck me as one of the more surprising facts about Bob Marley but on second thought, I can certainly picture him and the Wailers jogging the Jamaican beaches each morning.

10. In his adult years, Bob rarely slept.

He was always the last one to go to sleep at night and the first one to wake up. Bob only slept for 3~4 hours per night.

11. In 1976, Bob was almost assassinated.

While hanging out at his home in Jamaica, gunmen stormed into the home & opened fire, shooting Bob & his friends. Several died & were critically injured but Bob made it out relatively unscathed.

Summary of Catch a Fire : The Life of Bob Marley

Facts about Bob Marley

White’s book received applause from critics such as the San Francisco Chronicle‘s assessment, “Probably the finest biography ever written about a popular musician.” Perhaps the recent biographies I’ve read have set the bar too high (Isaacson’s Steve Jobs and Chernow’s Washington) but I disagree with the Chronicle and the majority of critics. 

As much as I learned from reading Timothy White’s Catch a Fire, I was left with little sense of Bob Marley as an artist or person. Major life events in Bob’s life are captured, historical and cultural context are prevalent, but I would still like to learn more facts about Bob Marley.

I felt Timothy White did a poor job explaining the writing of Bob’s songs and the inspiration for them. There was very little information on the relationship between Bob and Rita. On the other hand, 1/4 of the book is comprised of dry legal details after Bob had already passed… nitty gritty details about the battles for Bob’s estate.

The reader never really got inside Bob’s head to get a feel for the man. The book offered very little explanation of how a young boy born to an impoverished single mother (in a third world country) was able to popularize a genre of music that was unknown to the world outside of Jamaica in the early 1970s.

Overall, I give this book a 6.5 out of 10. Should you read Timothy White’s Catch a Fire: The Life of Bob Marley book if interested in Jamaica, Bob, Rastafarianism, Bob’s music? Yes…. until I find a better Bob book to recommend to you ;) But in all seriousness, you will learn a lot of facts about about Bob Marley by reading White’s book but you might be left yearning to learn more.

What did you learn from reading this post?

Can you recommend a resource to learn more facts about Bob Marley?

Please let us know in the comments section!

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Paz Romano

Co~creator of Lucid Practice, former college football player, yoga practitioner, world traveler. I’m passionate about big ideas, genuine conversation, non~conformity, spirituality/religion, helping others, and learning…. always learning.
Koh Ker Village Cambodia
Asia, Cambodia, Danners in Cambodia

Koh Ker Village Cambodia Travel Week 3

I was recently in Cambodia studying the Khmer language, teaching English, working with NGOs, and traveling around the beautiful country.

This is a reflection from my time in Koh Ker Village Cambodia. Koh Ker Village is located deep in the Cambodian Northwest Countryside near the Thai and Laotian borders.

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Location of Koh Ker Village Cambodia

Koh Ker Village Cambodia

Upon reflecting this week, it was great to visit Srayang School/Dormitory in Koh Ker Village Cambodia.  Srayang is yet another school/organization that PLF (the NGO I’m working with) has helped evolve. I enjoyed visiting the remote village for our one week stay. The scenery was beautiful and it was nice to be detached to the internet/connection and busy-ness that bigger towns like Siem Reap encompass.

Dawn Koh Ker Village Cambodia

Seeing the sun rise at dawn from the guest house.

Koh Ker Village Cambodia

Casually passing through a herd of cattle on the way to school.

Teaching English in Koh Ker Village

I was also glad to begin teaching my first English class. The students of Srayang School that I taught were incredibly sweet. They are the first students in the village since 1979 to complete schooling beyond 3rd grade. It was obvious they were much less educated than the students in Siem Reap, but they they still knew quite a bit. Their ability to read/pronounce words in their workbook was outstanding, however, the students struggled understanding the meaning of the words they were saying.

Srayang Dormitory Koh Ker Cambodia

Srayang Dormitory

Koh Ker Village Cambodia

Learning in the classroom at Srayang Dormitory!

I was so glad the classroom had a huge map of the world. This map came in handy the first day of class. I showed them where “Axel from Norway” (a character in their workbook) lived on the map and then I showed the locations of countries they’ve studied such as Cuba, Argentina, and Italy. They didn’t understand what continents were, but I did my best to explain, and I think they (eventually) caught on . . .

Evolution of Srayang Dormitory and Guesthouse in Koh Ker Village

Our group’s stay at the guesthouse was terrific. The Cambodia food they cooked for us (see below) was so delicious. It was interesting to hear the history of how not only Srayang School evolved, but Srayang’s budding guesthouse as well. It is so great that PLF is not only improving the lives of the students at school, but also the surrounding communities. Lori (President of PLF) provided the family who runs the guesthouse with key information to help them run a more successful guesthouse for visitors (cooking meals to pay for electricity at night and tips on cleanliness). I can’t imagine what it must have been like for Lori when she first visited all these places for the first time . . . and now seeing how everything has developed . . . and still seeing what improvements can be made.

Koh Ker Guest House Cambodia

The guest house we stayed at!

Koh Ker Village Cambodia food

Breakfast: simple and delicious!

A Touching Story in Koh Ker Village

I enjoyed hearing a story Lori shared about a Canadian man who initially came to Cambodia to become a monk but instead ended up teaching at Srayang after talking with Lori.  He was a Buddhist man who one day decided to drop all his possessions at home and become a monk in Cambodia.  After speaking with Lori, he had a change of heart.  The clincher was when Lori said to him:

“If you go become a monk, you will be Being, not Doing.  Your purpose is to be of service, you can find that at Srayang as a teacher.”

He accepted her advice, deciding that helping PLF and Srayang School would be a wiser and more compassionate decision because they were in need of an English teacher when Srayang first opened. He then moved to Koh Ker and hit the ground running with the students who did not know a word of English.  After some time, he returned back to Canada (with much sadness to leave the village) in order to take care of his elderly mother.  Having spent so much time learning from the people of the village while also having a large impact on the community, I wonder if he will ever come back to Cambodia . . .

The Future of Srayang Dormitory and Guesthouse

My hope is that they will be able to find a teacher that can stay there 5 to 7 days a week to teach the students English. With all that PLF has done so far, I am confident it will happen in the near future.

In the comments section, let me know if you have any questions about traveling/living in Cambodia or any questions about the work that we’re doing here :) You also might be interested in my other posts on living, working, and traveling in Cambodia:

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San Jose Costa Rica
Central America, Costa Rica, Kate and Brian in South America, South America, Travel

The Beginning: San Jose, Costa Rica Travel Recap

San Jose, Costa Rica Travel Recap

Kate and I decided on San Jose, Costa Rica as our jump off point for our 2014 backpacking trip.

We had heard from some friends that Costa Rica was an amazing country and a place ‘we had to see.’

New York to San Jose, Costa Rica Travel

Leaving from New York, San Jose happened to be the cheapest place we could find to fly to in Central America…We were able to find one way flights for under $180 USD a person and scheduled a trip we knew would last a while.

Neither one of us knew much about San Jose – we had heard Costa Rica was awesome, but we really hadn’t heard much about San Jose.

We finally arrived on January 23, 2014. The feelings going through my body were pretty crazy – ‘bye parents, bye family, bye friends see you in a few months – we’re about to explore Central America,’ – those kind of feelings..!

We took a 6am flight…so we arrived pretty early after connecting in Miami. We were off, back on the road.

Tip for Arriving at San Jose, Costa Rica Airport:

If you fly into San Jose and you are backpacking, do not listen to any one who says cabs are the only way to get into the center of city which is about 30 miles away. Walk out the airport exit, walk about a block up the road and you will see a bus sign. There is a bus line that runs to the center of city that costs a dollar or two.

Our San Jose, Costa Rica Travel Summary

San Jose as a city is a nice place. Nothing you have to run and see tomorrow, but a nice place. Kate and I explored the downtown area which we had heard was a bit sketchy. It seemed fine. We ended up spending two days there and felt like we had more than enough time to see the city.

We enjoyed a memorable meal at a cafe one night, but not too many more memories from San Jose.

I’d suggest just using San Jose, Costa Rica as a travel hub to move around Costa Rica and a hub to start a Central America trip. Check out Nomadic Matt’s post for a thorough San Jose, Costa Rica travel recap if you plan on staying for an extended period of time.

We wanted to get off quickly to the Osa Peninsula (more on this here), an area that a few friends had advised us to get to quickly.

~BL

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I'm Brian. I hope to live simply and enjoy the present moment.
Kate and Brian in South America, Love, Travel

Our backpacking trip to South America in 5 minutes

This video means a lot to me. The best way, for me, to explain some of the feelings associated with the video is by sharing a message I wrote the day we were coming home from our 4.5 month adventure:

Sitting on the plane right now coming home and the word I use to describe the feeling is surreal. It’s crazy to believe that we put so much effort into this trip, and that it has now come to a close. I think it was an amazing trip. We were able to visit 8 countries over 133 days; Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina. The only country I feel we didn’t explore ‘top to bottom’ is Costa Rica. We wanted to see a lot, so we may have moved quicker than expected in some areas, but I still feel we got a great taste of South America. I don’t think we wanted to ‘check off any boxes,’ but I do feel we share a curiosity for what’s out there. We continually want to ‘learn’ more about different areas of the world. This was the first of hopefully many trips..

What a special experience it was to be able to do it with the girl I love. Yes, we had moments normal of any human being relationship that is experienced 24/7 for 130+ days straight, but it was a big accomplishment; successfully navigating a great portion of South America. It was not easy; we stayed in dorms, took multiple 24 hour buses, and really watched our budget. Kate, you were incredible at being understanding of our financial situation. I would say to anyone, ‘doing these trips on a budget is more worthwhile then the alternative.’ We became creative, did things our way, and worked to get where we wanted to go.

Some thoughts I take away from the journey:

-       Trust in God and things will work out. We were warned these weren’t the safest areas, yet did not witness any crime or ever really feel uncomfortable. I don’t want control, I give the keys to someone else. 

-       Believe in people; we believed in each other and we got it done!….and had an experience of a lifetime while doing it!

-       Don’t set limits; we made this pilgrimage happen quickly and went for it, why not?

-       The world is one country. Just because there are governed territories doesn’t mean this world has to be divided. I believe people are innately good. We met good people from every country we visited. 

-       In life, do whatever you want to do. I have a great friend who passed away recently that put me on this course. He taught me that the time is now…the famous quote, “The most dangerous risk of all – the risk of spending your life not doing what you want, on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.” Owen’s death got me thinking about the concept of preparing for the future….with life as fragile as it is, the future is right now. My true belief at this point in time is, I have made it. I’m not looking for ‘more,’ don’t want ‘more.’ If anything I pray to stay meek and actually want ‘less.’ That which you own will end up owning you. The alternative, a different paradise, will come quick and I want to be thankful for every second.

As for the trip and some of the many destinations we touched…

-       Enjoy the nature and wildlife in Costa Rica, I (we) have yet to see anything like it.

-       Take a few days in the mountains of Santa Fe while traveling in Panama. We found incredible peace there.

-       If you are lucky enough to see how people dance in Cali, Colombia, you will be experiencing one of the cooler cultures in the world – the place where salsa was created.

-       The coast of Ecuador is a special place. God watched down on us that week, and we met many special people who we will hopefully remain connected with for a long time.

-       Peru’s Machu Piccu lived up to the hype. Wow, what a day we got up there in Aguas Calientes. We did the extended drive and walk out to Macchu Pichu, and I will remember seeing her for the rest of my life.

-       Bolivia? Kate was right. Bolivia was the most natural country we experienced. Never really found great WiFi. Lake Titicaca and Copacabana up at 15k feet! We have special memories spending a week chillin’ there. Bolivia gets double love because the salt flat tour could have been the best ‘tour’ of the trip. We got up close to 20k feel above sea level. More importantly, we made friends I think we will be connected with our entire life; La familia Boliviana.  

-       Chile; you were expensive, but I’ll always remember hitchhiking 30 hours straight in eight different trucks. We were determined!! Life works out…i ‘know’ this cause we got picked up once in the middle of the desert with cars going by every 15 minutes. For anyone who has been, that was south of Antofagasta in the Atacama Desert…. besides hitch hiking which we seemed to do a lot of, I think we’ll also cherish our time spent in Santiago, a city filled with culture. 

-       And last, but not least, our favorite destination, Argentina. Pretty much going to list every stop because we really loved Argentina. We started in our favorite city of the trip, Mendoza. We may be young, but we did this one correctly. Wine tastings, bike riding around Maipu, private vineyard tours (Alta Vista!!!), Asado dinners, Parilla dinners, we could live there one day. We moved to my favorite location of the trip…. Like Machu Pichu, Patagonia lived up to the hype. We only got to seriously explore Bariloche and El Bolson for a little over a week, but we found places I feel we will be back to. The combination of the forest and the mountains is something I have yet to really see. It reminded me of Glacier in Montana. And finally after a week in BA, we took a bus to Puerto Iguazu to see Iguazu Falls. I’ve never seen anything quite like the location of the “Devil’s Throat.” It is awe-inspiring nature.

133 day vacation is over with. Excited to just relax a little bit. People may say; ‘will you do it again?’ I hope we answer, yes. I can see us renting an apartment in a beautiful area and doing ‘weekend trips.’ The extended travel is hard. We did two 30+ hour buses. 37 hours from Cuenca to Lima was awesome. 30 hours in the back of trucks down the coast of Chile was challenging. I think as we talked about a lot; we learned some about love, patience, and enjoying the moment. We’re blessed. 

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I'm Brian. I hope to live simply and enjoy the present moment.