Excursions

Shorter trips taken within my longer sojourns–sometimes guided, sometimes alone.

Jyrgalan…The Phoenix of Kyrgyzstan

Jyrgalan is the most eastern village in Kyrgyzstan. It is in the mountains at about an altitude of 2260 meters (7400 feet). As I mentioned in a previous post, Jyrgalan is a community that is developing its tourism potential to attract not only summer trekkers, but also people who enjoy winter activities. My day hikes …

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Quest for Fiber Chapter 9: The New Lanark Cotton Mill

I am backing up a bit to write about some of the spectacular places I have visited up until now.   In late June, I was in Glasgow and the first “go-to” place in my plans was the WorldHeritage Site of New Lanark. From Glasgow, it was only about a 45 minute train ride to …

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Fiber: Chapter 7: Colores! Colores!

Since I arrived in Calca, I have been trying to find a natural dyeing workshop to learn how the Quechua traditionally dyed their fiber. I was especially interested in a four-day homestay in a small village sponsored by an organization called Awamaki which is located in Ollantaytambo. However, they would not have any excursions until …

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Celebracion de 60 Compleanos en el arriba de Pachamama

(Or How I Spent My 60thBirthday) For the weekend of my 60th birthday (March 22), I decided to take a little tourist jaunt to the island of Amantani. This is how I spent the second day there—my birthday! We woke in the morning to a breakfast of fried bread. It tastes just like Navajo fry …

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Islas! Islas!*

* Islands! Islands!   For the weekend of my 60th birthday (March 22), I decided to take a little tourist jaunt to the island of Amantani via boat. You can purchase a tour  from one of many agencies in Puno, but Juan, my host at Posada Santa Barbara, told me that if I go to …

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