A Solo Female Traveler's Experiences On And Off The Beaten Path

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Quora: Why is there no movie theater in Cusco, Peru?



'American Hustle' Colombia Movie Poster

Answer by Kathryn Schroeder: Actually, there is a movie theater in Cusco. It is Cineplanet, and is located at the Real Plaza mall–a 5 sol taxi ride from anywhere in town.  They show dubbed and original language (English) films. Why is there no movie theater in Cusco, Peru?

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Haunted Hostel Living At The Drop Bear



There are travelers who seek out a haunted hostel. The thought is a fun one, to spend the night with a ghost and possibly have an excellent story to go home with. But what about those of us who just happen to stumble upon a haunted hostel? A place where advertisements do not exist to […]

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Travel Bucket List: Machu Picchu



The time has come to mark one off the travel bucket list. Machu Picchu has been completed, after years of waiting, wondering, dreaming, and all that other stuff that goes with having an item on one’s travel bucket list. Was it worth the wait? Definitely. Would I change anything about the experience? I would have […]

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Taking The Bus From Guayaquil To Máncora, Peru. Or, How I Happily Avoided Ever Visiting Guayaquil While In Ecuador.



One evening while enjoying dinner in Canoa, Ecuador at the Surf Shack I could not help but overhear a conversation taking place at the bar. A man was speaking to another man about his experiences in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Both men were Gringos, as this is an important thing to note given where the conversation was […]

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Taxi? Weed? Coke? A Typical Day In Máncora, Peru.



Máncora, Peru, home of surfers and transient tourists making their way south to Lima. It is a spot popular for waves, and not much else. For the non-surfers (like me) it is the first stop one makes in Peru after taking the long bus journey (9 hours) at night from Guayaquil, Ecuador. Spending time in […]

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The Gringo Restaurants In Banos, Ecuador Failed Me



There is a level of excitement that occurs when you reach a new destination and find it is filled with gringo restaurants. Eating the local fare is a requirement when traveling, but having a hamburger that is similar to what you would find at home is heavenly after months on the road. Even more so […]

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The Moment You Hate Everything In Your Travel Backpack



My Maxpedition Fliegerduffel Travel Backpack

It has been nearly three months that I have been on the road and I officially hate everything in my travel backpack. It is not because of the weight; my backpack has actually gotten lighter. This may be because I have a dwindling supply of fruit strips, and I am no longer carrying three bars […]

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Welcome To Mindo, Ecuador …Jeans, Leggings, T-Shirt, Socks, And My Sweater



The Flowers Bloom In Mindo, Ecuador

It only took seven hours by non-airconditioned bus, but I have arrived in Mindo, Ecuador. Mindo is known as the cloud forest of Ecuador. It is a luscious forest, where everything is green, the birds are constantly chirping, and the hummingbirds, especially, enjoy their time buzzing to an fro for the delight of the lucky […]

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Enjoying Carnivale In Crucita, Ecuador



The view from my sanctuary during Carnivale in Crucita, and all the people on the beach.

On a very hot and sunny afternoon in Canoa, Ecuador a newly made friend, whom I referred to as Garth from Wayne’s World due to his striking resemblance to the character, I was informed that Carnivale in Canoa was going to be absolute madness. Call me naive, but I did not think Carnivale was a […]

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If You Don’t Drink, When You Wake Up In The Morning, That’s The Best You’re Going To Feel All Day



A Pina Colada In Ecuador

Quotes. I don’t remember many, and even my time spent as a film critic did not help the matter. People would quote a famous line from a movie and I would stare at them blankly, having no idea what movie they were referring to, or character. The problem still remains, and I do not particularly […]

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