This is my Personal Legend

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18 Jan 2010

January 16th, 2010  Feeling very sick today, I was hardly in the mood to get out of bed, but I ... read more

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Wayna Picchu

If visiting Machu Picchu, it is truly a magnificent experience to hike the mountain behind it, Wayna Picchu. Catch one of the earliest buses, because they only let a certain ... read more

30 Nov 2009
Packing

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Use air-tight bags when backpacking

When backpacking, I found it highly useful to have my clothes in air-tight bags. The bags roll up, pushing out all air, guaranteeing more space in one's backpack, as ... read more

30 Nov 2009
Being an American

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Leave the Umbrella at home

Walking the streets of Peru, with my umbrella, I was laughed at and called a Gringa by the locals. In Peru, a heavy wool poncho is worn instead of an ... read more

30 Nov 2009
Books

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Lonely Planet

I planned an entire backpacking trip for nine weeks through South and Central America with Lonely Planet. I definitely recommend them for any trip, because they were nearly always accurate ... read more

30 Nov 2009
Etiquette

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WWOOF

I had wanted to go WWOOFING for many months, but upon contacting many of the farms, I realized that the program was changing. Many of the farms now charged visitors ... read more

30 Nov 2009
Food

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Don't expect to find mac and cheese

I was traveling in Peru and was very sick from the food and water. We passed by a KFC in Lima, and I just had to go in. I normally ... read more

30 Nov 2009
Etiquette

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Come hungry!

French meals can last for a very long time (we once had dinner for three hours) and are made up of multiple "little" courses. Make sure to eat everything, because ... read more

02 Dec 2009
Food

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Don't ask for a doggie bag

When we went out to eat with my French family to a pizza place, I ordered a small pizza for myself. Later, after I had finished eating what I could ... read more

02 Dec 2009
Culture Shock

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Bus bathroom etiquette

I went on a three-day bus adventure from Cusco, Peru to the Ecuadorian border. Most of the buses only let you urinate in the bathroom on board, so if you ... read more

03 Dec 2009
Being an American

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Don't be scared to haggle

While backpacking through Playa del Carmen, we realized that most of the shop owners charged extremely high prices for the same goods that could be purchased elsewhere in Central and ... read more

03 Dec 2009
Food

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Bring your own spices

Perhaps the most important thing I learned while backpacking was to bring my own spices along with me. I had never heard of this before, and quickly regretted not thinking ... read more

12 Dec 2009
Food

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3 common misconceptions about Italian food

There are definitely some discrepancies between what North Americans think of as Italian food and what is actually served in Italy. Here are a few that I have found: 1 ... read more

12 Jan 2010
Etiquette

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Don't share a plate

Sharing a meal with a friend is apparently unacceptable in Italy. When out with friends, we shared a plate of pasta because we were not very hungry. The waiters pointed ... read more

12 Jan 2010
Nightlife

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Know how to turn them down before you go out

When out clubbing in Italy, it's a good idea to learn a key few phrases. My friend and I were out clubbing and it was very difficult to convey ... read more

12 Jan 2010
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