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Amazon Shore line: Adventures in the Flooded Forest

This picture was taken in the Amazon Rainforest somewhere on the Juma River. The Juma is one of the many offshoots of the Amazon and the Rio Negro. Taking boats along any of these river areas gives you an opportunity to see birds, monkeys, and sometimes Caimans or Iguanas; all of which are pretty difficult to see when hiking through the dense forest. Boats are also a pretty good way to stay cool and still cover a large area. It’s a fun, not stressful, way to spend a day!

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Howler Monkeys at the Juma Lodge

This picture was taken at the Juma Amazon Lodge in Amazonas State, Brazil. We stayed in the Amazon for about a week, it was a very interesting trip. The Juma is a cool place to stay, but be advised that none of the place that you’d be staying in the Brazilian Amazon are likely to have air conditioning, there are going to be bugs, it’s going to be hot, and there are going to be limited dining options. That being said, the stuff that we saw was absolutely worth any discomfort. This lodge was nice and they have activities for tourists/ travelers to do. These include jungle hikes, tree climbing, visiting an indigenous village, fishing, canoeing, and more! I liked the lodge a lot, but it’s definitely a little on the secluded side, so bring some books and be prepared for some downtime, it’s unlikely that you’ll be out during the hotter parts of the day.

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Chichicastenango Market

This picture was taken in Chichicastenango, Guatemala. Chichicastenango, also referred to as ChiChi, is one of my favorite places to visit in Guatemala. On Thursdays and Sundays they have market days, which are absolutely phenomenal. I’ve never been to the town on a not market day, though i’m sure it’s still really interesting, but the market itself is just a great experience. The streets are lined with stalls selling all sorts of hand made things, ranging from tapestries to wooden statues, to purses to jewelry. Some of the stalls sell things that aren’t handmade too, Machetes and knives can be found here, as well as some antiques. ChiChi is just a great place to walk around, but it’s also a really fun place to shop, a place where you can find really unique Guatemalan souvenirs. The vendors are friendly and are usually totally willing to haggle on prices. ChiChi also has numerous stalls for food, and, if you aren’t feeling adventurous enough for street food (or if you want a place to sit down and enjoy a cold beverage for a bit) there are also a few restaurants around. Aside from the market itself, ChiChi is also home to a really unique church. The church, which is sort of in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the market, has a large set of stairs leading up to it’s doors, on market days these stairs are covered with people hawking flowers. The church is also worth a visit, and, at least when I was there last (June 2011) the church was opened to visitors. If you are visiting Guatemala definitely try to swing by ChiChi on a market day, it’s a fantastic experience!

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This is a series of pictures that show our time participating in the Beneficial Brick Initiative, a charitable organization in Prague. The bricks cost about 7 euros, and you can paint it however you want. There’s a picture (taken by one of the guy’s manning the stall) of my sister, my friend Alex, and I, all with the bricks that we painted. The proceeds go to a charity that is working to build an assisted care facility. If you happen to see this stall, stop and paint a brick! It doesn’t cost much, it’s really fun, and it’s for a good cause!

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Chinatown

Taken in a small shop in Chinatown in Los Angeles. I’d recommend a visit to Chinatown if you are in the L.A. area, it’s a lot of fun; and if you go in the mornings you can get dim sum, which is amazingly delicious. After you can go around looking in the little shops or grab a boba tea. Whatever you do Chinatown is always a nice little day trip for a family!

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Taken at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. This is a really fun (fairly reasonable) place to come for people of any age; lots of rides, games, and unhealthy (but delicious) food. The Boardwalk has been providing both locals and visitors with a great place to hang out and have fun for over a hundred years! It's a blast, and i'd highly recommend it if you are visiting the beautiful town of Santa Cruz. I'd also advise going at night (check the hours for when you are visiting) it's really cool to see it all lit up 🙂

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