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Five Ways to Find Authenticity on the Road

Suggestion #1: Dump your expectations and stereotypes in the non-recyclables bin before passing through security, and don’t look back.

Just an innocent snap of Cerro Rico, Potosi, Bolivia.

Bus Rides, Street Assaults and Heavy Metal Murals – Piran Café’s Top 10 Posts of 2013

This is a shot of Cerro Rico, a mountain that towers over Potosi, Bolivia, that I snapped just before I was punched in the crotch by a four-and-a-half tall grandmother wrapped in brightly colored clothes. A post recounting the incident was among the most popular of the past year.

Expressing the joy that dance creates. Quito, Ecuador, 25-May-2013

25 Most Memorable Pics from 2013 – Year-end Wrap, Part I

Folk dancer Tatiana Arroba, creator of the Planet’s Best Smile in 2013 and subject of one of the year’s most memorable photos

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Hotels, Rooms, Hostels & Beds – The Best of 2013

Looking back on a year’s accommodations, with a rockin’ soundtrack

Isla del Sol, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Isla del Sol: In Color, or Black and White?

A 90-second video notebook from Isla de Sol on Lake Titicaca, the island were the Inca believed the sun was created and their dynasty born.

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The Best Food Stall in Ljubljana’s Central Market? – LJ Pic of the Day

It’s a generally accepted rule of travel: when you’re on the road and looking for a place to get something eat, look for where the locals line up and happily wait. Like this mobile bakery parked on the western side of Ljubljana’s central market on most days. No stall –prepped …

Corks from the road

Light and Airy Long-Term Travel Souvenir Idea No. 001

Just a handful of corks collected over the past eight months on the road. I wish I had saved more of them. Easy to pack and they won’t break your back.

Wouldn't it be nice if Greyhounds were decorated like this?

Going Trans-America, Almost

Portland, Ore., USA – I’ve taken quite a few long bus rides over the past several months: Bariloche to Mendoza, Argentina, 19 hours; Cusco to Lima, Peru, 22 hours; another handful that lasted 14-18 hours; more than I care to count in the eight to 12 hour range. I’ve gotten …

Malecon Gardens Fish Pond, Guayaquil

Ripples (Pic du Jour)

For her travel theme this week, Ailsa asked for ripples. So here are some ripples of water and light that I hope will conspire to make waves. These were taken in the garden fish pond on the sprawling Malecon (boardwalk) along the Guayas River in Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city. I …