Inspiration

Introduction to My Upcoming Book: Dream.Plan.Travel.

My new book, Dream.Plan.Travel. will be published in the Summer 2019. I am posting the Introduction here so you can get an idea of what the book is about and …
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Turning Drudgery into an Adventure

19 March 2019—Somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean I am in the middle of my 50-hour journey from Gili Air, Indonesia to Quito Ecuador. Today, got to thinking about how challenging …
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Pinch-Myself Moments

At the end of my first day of the Camino de Santiago, I sat on this beach for an hour crying on and off…tears of disbelief in what I was …
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“She’s WHERE??? Where in the world is THAT??”

This is what I imagine my friends saying when they learned my latest destination, which I did not reveal until I was actually here. On the afternoon I arrived in …
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Under the Douro Fog

I’m taking a little segue from my series on the El Camino. Yesterday I experienced one of those days that made me want to pinch myself and just had to share …
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From Coca to Coffee and Cacao: Part 1

This blog post has been archived at: http://travelblog.cathleenshands.com/2015/04/from-coca-to-coffee-and-cacao-part-1.html\ Sorry for the inconvenience …
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Growing Salt: The Salineras

Last year, when I was visiting near the Sacred Valley with my daughter Rebecca, we were able to visit the Salineras near Maras. I was fascinated with this ancient site …
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Choquequirao Part I: Getting There

This blog post has been archived at: http://travelblog.cathleenshands.com/2014/05/choquequirao-part-i-getting-there.html Sorry for the inconvenience …
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Return to Arequipa

I returned to Arequipa on Monday in anticipation of Rebecca’s arrival this week. I had a free day on Tuesday, so I went over to the central plaza to have …
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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 …
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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 …
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I am in Love: Posada Santa Barbara

Warning: This is probably my longest blog so far…but you may be enchanted. I am in love. Cue romantic Italian music, moss-covered stone walls, candle-lit dinners, and a quaint lodge …
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Courage?

This blog entry is especially for all those people who have commented to me about how brave I am for travelling on my own. Occasionally I have these experiences that …
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Fiesta del la Candelaria in Arequipa

The Fiesta de la Candelaria is a festival in honor of the Virgin of Candelaria, patron saint of the city of Puno, Peru, held in the first fortnight of February …
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A Ship in the Harbor is Safe…

This blog is a bit embarrassing to write, because I have to admit how timid I can be when I end up in an environment I am not used to …
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Cathy is Going to Peru

In two weeks I am off to a new adventure. In October, I sold the family home of over 20 years and DOWNSIZED dramatically. I realized about a year ago …
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