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Machu Picchu-a photo essay

There are some places you have always dreamed about visiting. You've gazed at pictures of them since you were a child. You think to yourself, "one day I'm going to go there." And then that day finally comes and that dream comes true. And seeing Machu Picchu, well, it was an experience I'll never forget and always cherish.

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Ollantaytambo ruins

I'll be the first to admit that when I hear the name Peru, the ruins of Machu Picchu are what immediately come to mind. And yet, if you visit this amazing South American country, you will find other incredible Inca ruins including those at Ollantaytambo. Thankfully, the first hotel we stayed at on our Peruvian adventure was in Ollantaytambo so being able to visit the ruins there was like going to ancient remains that were essentially right in our "backyard."

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Pan-Fried Scallops Mexicana-Mexico

Scallops are a seafood I could eat at least a couple of times a week, even though they can be quite pricey to purchase (I'm of course referring to sea scallops, we won't mention the abysmal tasting bay scallops). What I like most about them (besides their taste) is that they're extremely easy to make. No matter the style in which you prepare them, cooking time is minimal (seriously, when preparing scallops you want to make sure you don't overcook them as that can ruin the taste)

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