Blog Posts

July 31, 2014

Peru’s Delicious Huancaína Sauce

Peruvian cuisine is quickly gaining worldwide esteem for its bold flavors and the increasing diversity of international influences. Despite recent culinary innovation, the traditional staples are still a huge part of daily life in Peru; authentic dishes combining native ingredients with both indigenous and colonial cooking methods remain common fare. The country’s Andean highlands benefit from an unbelievable variety of…

July 30, 2014

The Kackleys in Cuba

Jim and his family just returned from Cuba and had a tremendous, eye-opening experience! Below are some photos with interesting comments from Jim and his son, Christian.   e.

July 28, 2014

Shopping at the “Mercado” in Cusco, Peru

Here’s another post from the Gamel family’s year around the world: Whenever you are visiting another country, make sure to visit the local “Mercado” or market. This is different from the “super-mercado” or supermarket, which is essentially a grocery store. The Mercado is filled with local booths selling everything from produce, meats, nuts, cheese, rice,…

July 21, 2014

Serendipity in Huacachina, Peru

Below is the second weekly blog post from Noemi and Chris Gamel and their family, currently on a yearlong journey around the world:  We learned an important lesson in Huacachina, Peru. Well, two lessons if you include that we can survive cold showers. More importantly, we learned that beautiful experiences often happen when your best-laid…

July 18, 2014


On what I deemed Machu Picchu Monday, I had the opportunity to walk with our guide, Fabrizzio, on our way back from the Gate of the Sun, Inti Punku. We weren’t discussing the Incan Empire, the design of the terraces or the fact that you can tell the level of a importance of a place…