Posts tagged "travel"

El Camino: Road trip across America

El Camino: Road trip across America
Before I take a trip, I always make sure I have a pendant of the Virgin Mary in my suitcase. I pinned her inside my orange rolling suitcase as we prepared to leave Chicago for a cross-country road trip. I also said a Hail Mary. My husband and I are spending our summer vacation on... Read more »

Descendants of the Incas work to preserve their culture

Descendants of the Incas work to preserve their culture
Earlier this month, I was in Aguascalientes, or Machu Picchu village, a town set below this Incan wonder of the world. I was having dinner with my husband and seated outside at a restaurant on a narrow uphill street. The next day we would go up to Machu Picchu. You have to hike 2.5 miles... Read more »

Finding our way in Lima, Peru

Finding our way in Lima, Peru
I was walking down the street with my husband in the historic center of Lima, Peru. From a bridge we gleaned a view of San Cristobal hill with humble homes made of concrete painted pink, pale blue, yellow and orange. We walked over the heavily guarded bridge located behind the presidential palace to get a... Read more »
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A foggy day in Lima

I am in Lima, Peru, the next two weeks teaching a travel writing course for Columbia College Chicago students with my colleague Elio Leturia. While classes in Chicago are cancelled due to below freezing weather, we have classes today because the high temp here is expected to be 77 degrees. Yes it is warm and... Read more »

Finding Mexican food .... in Rome

Tex-Mex menu in Rome I’m in Italy for the next five weeks so I will be keeping tabs on news at home and abroad. But whenever I go to a new country I always look to see if I can find a sign of Mexican culture. And here along the Tiber River in Rome I... Read more »

Mexico bus travel marred by killings

I’ve ridden the bus all over Mexico. I’ve taken a bus down the curvy roads of Oaxaca, making me so dizzy that I could barely feel my feet beneath me after a six- hour ride. I’ve ridden along the coast of Jalisco going from one beach town to another. And I’ve taken the bus from... Read more »
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Travels in Mexico: Thrifty, topes and mordidas

If you’ve spent any time traveling around Mexico, you should be familiar with the word - topes. Those are speed bumps. And keep reading because I will get to a story of how topes got us in trouble with the police. Topes come in a variety of shapes and sizes from tiny bumps about the... Read more »

Murder of Chicago-based diplomat Jaime Almonte Borja makes me question my own safety as I travel in Mexico

I’ve been off the radar the last week or so driving around Mexico. Puerto Vallarta. Photo by Teresa Puente. I celebrated New Year’s Eve in Puerto Vallarta where I watched fireworks on the beach. I visited some beach towns north of there called Sayulita and Chacala and also travelled to the Costa Alegre or the... Read more »

Crossing the border ... into Canada

This summer I’m spending some time visiting friends who live north of the border and this is the first of a few posts about my experience in Canada. Driving up to the border crossing at Sarnia, Ontario, the border agent fired the first question at me. “What is the status of American?” Huh? I turned... Read more »
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Machu Picchu region hit by mudslides stranding tourists

I was in Peru’s Machu Picchu, one of the modern wonders of the world, just 11 days ago. It was slightly rainy and foggy but that did not stop us from appreciating the incredible beauty and spiritual energy of the famous archaeological ruins. But in recent days mudslides have stranded as many as 2,000 tourists... Read more »