Special Places

Sometimes there is that place that just takes your breath away–you have to pinch yourself to believe you are really there!

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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Fiber: Chapter 4: The Alpaca Ladies of Acora

While knitting last Sunday with the women in Chucuito, I told them I was looking for lana de alpaca (alpaca yarn). They told me I had to go to the feria de domingo (Sunday fair or market) in Acora another small pueblo about 15 kilometers south of here. That meant I had to wait an …

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Fiber: Chapter 2—Experiences with Alpaca and Acrylic and Títeres

This post is written especially for my fiber-loving friends. As many of you know, my original intention for traveling to Peru was to experience the fiber arts—especially knitting and spinning. Arequipa has been a bit of a disappointment as far as searching for handcrafted knitting and spinning. The two largest commercial mills for alpaca fiber …

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