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Part 15: The Children of Peru

Part 1: Getting to the Sacred Valley is Not Easy
Part 2: The Most Awesome Hotel Ever
Part 3: When in Urubamba…
Part 4: A Town Called Olly
Part 5: Can You Pass the Salt?
Part 6: How to Get to Machu Picchu
Part 7: I Came, I Saw, I Conquered (Machu Picchu)
Part 8: My Love Affair with Starwood Continues
Part 9: Hats Galore in Pisac (and other things)
Part 10: Cusco: The Highs and Lows
Part 11: 10 Things You Can Buy at Cusco’s San Pedro Market
Part 12: Exploring Cusco’s Countryside
Part 13: Regards from 12,000 Feet
Part 14: Lima – The Worst Capital City Ever?

In another life, I’d like a job photographing children all around the world. Photographing the children of Peru and showing them how to use my camera was one of my favorite experiences of our trip. Warning: Be prepared for a ton of cuteness.

In Urubamba:

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In Ollantaytambo:





In Aguas Calientes:




In Pisac:




The kids in Cusco were unbelievably adorable. As I traveled across Peru, I was initially shocked when some of the children put out their hands and said, “Propina,” right after I took their picture. Propina, I learned, means “tip.” Peru is an overwhelmingly poor country, and the children, I realized, learn from their parents who seek an extra soles from tourists every chance they get. But the children we found playing in an empty courtyard in Cusco had no interest in a “propina.” They just wanted to have fun, and fun they had.

They loved posing for pictures and then loved seeing their goofy poses on the screen. They had no inhibitions about jumping on me, on each other, and just generally trying to one-up themselves. I was laughing hysterically the entire time.

It started out with a simple pose.


And ended up with a Peruvian version of a pyramid:



And then they stole my hat, and attempted to steal it from each other:






When one of the girls started crying – I think having five other kids jump all over you might have that effect on a person — I offered them granola bars and band-aids which they thought was the greatest present ever.


On the side of the road in the Sacred Valley:

At a stop along the highway in the Sacred Valley, we chanced upon these adorable girls who were wrapping their dolls up in scarves just like Peruvian women wrap their babies. The girl in red was strikingly beautiful.





On Taquille Island:


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Part 8: The Children of Cambodia

Part 1: When You Wake Up at 3 AM for a 6 AM Flight…
Part 2: Only 18 Hours to Go
Part 3: How to See Angkor Wat
Part 4: The Many Faces of Bayon
Part 5: Trees Galore!
Part 6: Cambodia’s Floating Villages
Part 7: View from the Top

If you go to Siem Reap, you’ll read about the children you’ll see around the temples hawking their wares and begging for a buck. But nothing quite prepares you for their insistence.

The children swarmed around us, offering anything from 10 postcards for a dollar to scarves to other random trinkets. When we said no thank you, they insisted on counting all 10 postcards in front of us, as if we didn’t believe them. We kept walking, and they kept walking with us. They were adorable, but also heartrending.





The Boyfriend was quite popular with the ladies…





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The cutest moment happened on our second day, visiting some out of the way temples known as the Roluos Group. The lack of tourists meant the children had a captive audience. One of the girls noticed the cheap barrette in my hair, so I offered it to her. Suddenly, all the girls were begging for their own. Sadly, I only had one more and gladly handed it over. It was amazing to see how happy a simple hair clip made them. And they were more than happy to pose for pictures.


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