Here is the story of the great city of Troy, which fell to the hands of the Greek empire. Paris, son of King Priam, caused this war. He took Helen of Troy, then Helen of Sparta, to his homeland. King Menelaus was furious, so he called his brother, Agamemnon, ruler of Greece, to help him destroy troy (lol). They succeeded, and it was Paris’s fault. How this child lived for more than 20 years, I have no idea. Paris had Hector solve all of his problems, which I’m guessing Hector got pretty sick of after 3 years.


Paris and Hector were in Sparta in a time of peace. The two brothers partied for a few days, and all was fair. Then Paris decided to pay a visit to the Queen of Sparta, Helen, and ended up takin...

I wanted to love Greece. In all sincerity. But it felt like an acquaintance you are just not sure you want to become real friends with. Upon arriving in Athens, on a cold, gray, rainy day my initial reaction was of shock; after all, we have been “chasing the sun” since the beginning of our RTW trip. With the exception of a few scattered days of rain, the vast majority of our time in South America and Africa has been blessed with sunny days, warm weather and bright blue skies. At first, I attributed my blues towards Athens to the unexpected bad weather. Being from Seattle, and used to the intermittent rain, we took tours and went to ancient sights and museums all the same. I really didn’t want to feel...

An acropolis is a raised portion of a city, usually at the center. The word acropolis comes from the Greek roots “acro”, meaning “high”, and “polis”, meaning “city”. When I first went to the Acropolis, I was excited to see the Parthenon and the other structures. The Athenian Acropolis has a lot of history, including the naming of the city, the theft of some of its structures, and the unique architecture of the Parthenon.


According to legend, when the city of Athens was first created Athena and Poseidon both wanted to become patron of the city. To decide who would become patron, they each gave a gift to the city. Poseidon struck the earth using his trident, making a saltwater spring appear. Athena, ho...

October 18, 2014

by Rodrigo DeMedeiros


The highlight to our Peru trip  was - predictably -  Machupicchu. We took an ungodly early train from Ollantaytambo to the small village of Aguas Calientes, just a short bus ride to the entrance to the magnificent ruins of Machupicchu. Our guide Manuel was waiting for us at the train station, and took us straight to the Rapu Wasi lodge - a beautiful tree house style lodge with rustic wood bungalows stacked on the rocks with a great view of the adjacent mountains. We arrived at 8 am and were greeted by the awesome hostess, who was kind enough to get us a different room where everyone could crash, although our actual rooms were not ready until 9:30 am (official check in time....

October 5, 2014

by Marco Richter de Medeiros


Chinchero is a lot different from what you would see in the United States, especially Fall City. The architecture is much different. Where we build with wood, they built with concrete and stone. Chinchero people dress very differently than us. The women wear traditional dresses with fancy hats. The men wear traditional drawstring pants and ponchos over their body. The market was different as well. Either it wasn't a busy day or the market just simply doesn't have much energy. In Chinchero the market is very calm, whereas in Seattle for instance, the Pike Place Market is always bustling with energy.


Isaias is our guide and driver for most of the Peru trip. Isaias is much d...

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