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Travel for Book Research – Guest Post

Travel for Book Research

Before I left for Bolivia and Peru I was approached by new author, Wendy C. Garfinkle, to write a guest post for the blog.  She recently finished a science fiction novel called Serpent on a Cross based in Medieval Eastern Europe (see below for description and buying information).  To show support for her new endeavor and learn more about how she researched her book through travel to Poland and Russia, I happily accepted her offer! Keep reading to learn more about Wendy, her time in Poland and Russia and her new book! Lucky her to have to go explore interesting parts of our world as part of her book research. Now excuse me…

Machu Picchu – Una Maravilla del Mundo!

Machu Picchu

Although my focus this trip was Bolivia, I couldn’t come all the way to South America, be a stone’s throw away from one of the wonders of the world (“stone’s throw” in this case means a ten hour bus ride) and not visit it.  So I took a 5 day detour to discover the rich, diverse and beautiful country of Peru and its iconic destination, Machu Picchu. Two Quechua Girls in Plaza de Armas in Cusco, Peru. First stop, Cusco! And yes, I paid each of these girls one sol each for this picture (they were little enterprising things!)…but why not. Cute little Quechua girls with baby goats are priceless, right?…

The Birthplace of the Incas – Lake Titicaca

Copacabana

Thank goodness for antibiotics.  I am not sure what *insert name of ancient Bolivian indigenous leader conquered by the Spanish here* revenge I acquired in Uyuni, but it went dormant only to wage a second, more comprehensive, assault on my body just in time for my flight back to La Paz and subsequent 3 hour bus ride to Copacabana on Lake Titicaca’s southern shore. Always a travel treat, but I survived it with dignity.  (Travel tip if headed to underdeveloped lands:  Bring your own antibiotics. You can get them from a travel clinic prior to trip. I don’t always use them, but I am always pleased as punch to have them when I overestimate…

Sunsets, Flamingos and “The Golag”…Exploring Salar de Uyuni and Southwest Bolivia!

Salar de Uyuni

There is no place like the Uyuni Salt Flats.  Expanding over 4,000 square miles wide and at an altitude of 11,995 ft, they are a natural marvel that is unparalleled…and at sunset their majesty is magnified (the pictures are coming, don’t worry!). But before setting out on a 3 day/2 night tour of the salt flats and southwest Bolivia, I checked into the most unique hotel in which I have ever had the pleasure of staying at, Hotel Luna Salada.  This 23 room wonder was perched right off the salt flat, and to my delight everything was made of salt (minus a few obvious things)!  It is one of those…

Amazonian Pampas – Swimming with Piranhas, Caiman and Dolphins

Me on the Yucuma River

As I write this I am sitting deep in the Amazonian pampas, or wetlands.  Dark storm clouds have rolled in and the sound of crackling thunder surrounds me.  We are suppose to be out hunting for Anacondas, but the cold weather sends them burrowing into the clay.  I feel like burrowing into something too!  It is cold here. Yesterday it was so hot that I needed a shower only moments after I took one.  Today I have several layers on and am dreaming of a little heater to place my feet by…that is if the electricity was on.  Currently they have turned it off.  The Mashaquipe ecolodge where I am…