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“Dragon’s Backbone” Longji village, Guangxi Province China

Rice, and more Rice.

Three Faces of Colombia–Tres Caras de Colombia

Tres caras de Colombia, Three Faces of Colombia, all from the same place, todos son Paisas, Que Pais! What a country!!

Sacsayhuamán Cuzco, Peru

Sacsayhuamán

now, that’s some nice rocks, just above Cuzco, Peru. Of course, the question is, how did they do it? Those rocks are HUGE, the one on the right is the size of many large trucks, yet you cannot stick a coca leaf in between them, 500 years later, with no mortar. Yup,  just sayin’  .

Longji Village, Guangxi China

In Guangxi Province, this is one of those places with the rice terraces that run for thousands of vertical feet up the mountainsides. Always misty, it’s a place where you can feel the pressure of the history of the place, how long it took to make the terraces, how it’s hard to really get warm, down into your bones. Longji Village.

A Gaggle of Cholita–Cuzco Market, Peru

YOU!  SECOND FROM THE LEFT, WHERE”S THE HAT ?? WE”LL LET THE BABY GO, BUT YOU SHOULD KNOW BETTER !!

Bakong Monk– Siem Reap, Cambodia Nov 2003

This was taken at Bakong, one of the sites that make up the huge archaeological treasure of Angkor Wat, Cambodia.  Many Buddhist monks study English in the temple, and love to take the opportunity to practice for hours on end with the tourists. This guy was a bit different, and talked a lot about the Khmer Rouge years in Cambodia. He told us that this very temple was one of the “Killing Fields” sites, of which there were hundreds, if not thousands, all over Cambodia. After the Khmer Rouge were driven out by the Vietnamese in 1979, the temple was consecrated again, and life went on. One thing I noticed in Cambodia, people were very optimistic, because they were glad to just be alive.

La Paz Skyline Bolivia

Just above the central square downtown, this is the skyline of La Paz.One day, I hiked up one of those streets for the sunset and got a look at the view from there. It’s about 1000 feet (300m) above the downtown, and you can see the huge, glaciated peaks that surround the city. One of them, Chacaltaya, has the highest ski area in the world.