Monthly Archives: August 2015

Delicious Peruvean Eats

Well, here is our last food post of the trip….and what a way to finish up!  The food in Peru was both interesting and delicious. We honestly didn’t find the time to do any official cooking lessons while there, but we did have the opportunity

Original Ollantaytambo

After an incredible time on the Lares Trek and Machu Picchu, we were ready for some down time and the town of Ollantaytambo was exactly what we needed. The area is the best example of what Incan towns used to be like. Thankfully, the Spanish never bothered

The Last Wonder

After three days of hiking, camping and altitude on the Lares Trek, we were ready and excited to see Machu Picchu for the first time. It was our last Wonder of the World that we would see on our trip, and I thought it was

Lares Pass – Day 3

“Wow, I was so much warmer last night!” said Katina as she opened the zipper to the tent and watched the frost flake away.  I guess the investment in the hat, scarf and gloves really paid off! Our second night’s sleep had been quite restful

“We’re climbing how high?”

I have to say, that first night of camping was COLD!  Even with the -17C sleeping bags, we were a bit chilly.  How do we combat this?  With gear!  My ears were starting to go numb, so I decided it would be a good investment

“It’s the journey, not the destination…”

Let’s say you were 11 or 14 years old and you were given a choice something like this…. You can stay at a really cool Eco treehouse-lodge in the Andes Mountains and do fun things like zip lining… Or, you can hike uphill for 3 straight

Star Light, Star Bright

It’s still my party! My birthday celebrations continued at night when we joined up with Lainie and her group and went to a family run observatory. We had to chance to look through a big telescope and were able to see Venus, Jupiter, and the

Mikhaila and the Chocolate Factory!

Happy birthday to me! I have been really lucky and have had 2 birthdays on the road; one in Ireland and another in Peru. I started my special day with cake for breakfast and birthday wishes from my family and friends via email. I also

Pitch Perfect Pan Flutes!

Throughout our year, we have enjoyed learning about many different instruments around the world.  While spending time with Lainie, she introduced us to a local artist and musician, Sabino.  He makes instruments for his career, such as guitars and flutes.  He also teaches music classes with

Chinchero: Part Two

Congratulations! You have waited until today to read this post! I bet you are sitting on the edge of your seat because you are so excited to hear what we did…. After our farming activity, we went to the family’s workshop to learn how to weave

Chinchero: Part One

While spending time with Worldschooler Lainie and her group, we did some amazing things. One of the activities we did in Peru was farming in a town called Chinchero. Lainie first met this family while drinking juice at a cafe. They told her and her

Incan Spirituality 101

Throughout the year, I have learned and experienced different world religions, for example Judaism, Islam, and Buddhism.  The final one we experienced was the Incan faith during our time in Peru.  This faith really honours the Earth and offers a deep respect for nature.  When the Spanish

Incredible Incas!

Throughout our trip, we have met some amazing people who have really enriched our travels and experiences in different countries. While in Peru, we were lucky to meet up with the leader of the “World Schooling movement” Lainie Liberti and her son Miro. This dynamic

Four flew over the Cusco nest!

Up to this point it had been a real whirlwind of travel, going from LA to Quito, Ecuador and then catching an early morning flight to Cusco, Peru. This was to be the launching point for our trek to Machu Picchu.  Since we knew that there was

Edible Ecuador!

Of course we must do a food posting on some of the delectable delights we had in Ecuador. Now most people probably think they know South American food from visiting Taco Bell or the former Chi Chi’s, (tacos, burritos, enchiladas etc…) Well, there were some