Ancient ( 1500 yr old?!!) Adobe Structures in Peru

Huacas de Moche and Chan Chan

 Wow – I’ve never heard of this place.  Remarkably well-preserved for such ancient adobe – I guess because of the dry climate. Rosanna, thanks for the great photos.—reposted from Strolling South America.

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On the coast of Northern Peru, ancient adobe brick structures lie in the sandy desert. They’ve sat here for more than 1500 years and they’re slowly eroding away, leaving behind melted lumps of earth. We visited two of these sites, Huaca de la Luna and Chan Chan, both easily accessible by public transport. Although superficially they may appear similar, the sites belong to two different cultures; the Moche, present 100-800 AD, and the Chimu, who grew out of the remains of the Moche and flourished until the Inca conquest in the 1400s. Click the links for the full article and photos.

BLOG TOUR for A PLACE in the WORLD

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The blog tour for my novel started last month  with author/blogger Crissilangwell.com.  Then we stopped at The Displaced Nation– the cyber home for global nomads, travelers and expats.  Next we visited Strolling South America. and the Daily (W)rite, at damyantiwrites, in Singapore. This week we  are going to IWillTravel.  Originally from Nicaragua and now living in Canada, Will Castillo is a BIG traveler – check out his interesting blog!

Here is the schedule to date:

  • Crissi Langwell Oct. 14 – introducing A Place in the World
  • Displaced Nation Oct. 17-   an interview from the expat perspective
  • Strolling South America Oct. 22  – Tidbits on Colombia (…of coffee and history)
  • Daily write Oct 24th  – an interview from the writers’ perspective
  • IWillTravel  Nov. 15 – an interview.  Will’s mission is “to get people to see things differently from the norm, or though a different set of glasses”.

Colombian tidbits and book giveaway

Re-blogged from: strollingsouthamerica

Cinda C. MacKinnon is a writer who grew up in Colombia and Costa Rica and wrote a novel…In this post she talks about something many of us love about Colombia: coffee – as well as an interesting tidbit about Colombia and the Panama Canal.

A brief History of Colombian Coffee:
Colombia is the second largest coffee producer in the world…second only to Brazil. The geography however made it difficult to transport the beans to market in the past, as most of the best regions were the least accessible. It is a boom-bust industry at the mercy of weather, politics and markets. Many growers fought to remain solvent in the last century and Latin American countries were asked to adhere to quotas – to which they bitterly agreed.

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Coffee beans drying in the sun.

In 1975 a disaster in Brazil, the Black Frost, ironically aided the Colombian coffee market. When a terrible freeze killed over half of their coffee plants and ruined the crop, demand went way up for Colombian coffee. Brazilians quickly began planting the species because it grows fastest. The Arabica variety however, which Colombia is known for, is the higher quality coffee; this made Colombia the leader for the most sought after coffee. (I personally think Costa Rica is in the same league.) In more recent years Vietnam has become an equal contender in terms of quantity.

The Panamanian connection:
Everyone knows Colombia is famous for coffee, after all they invented Juan Valdez – but this excerpt tells a story you may not know about Colombia’s history with Panama and the United States over the canal….(click above for more)