As you travel around Japan, you will likely notice (on signs but probably not in the flesh) little green creatures with beaked mouths and webbed hands and a leafy hat sorta thing. They are kappa,… Read More »What are those green turtle characters with beaks and leaf hats in Japan?
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While I was in Oaxaca recently, around the time of the Gueleguetza, I noticed all of these figures around town that I hadn’t seen before on previous visits. They looked like scarecrows in big hats… Read More »What are the scarecrows in big hats and rainbow rags around Oaxaca?
Salkantay Mountain is one of the tallest mountains in Peru. Close to Cusco, the historical center of the Incan empire (and the universe), the mountain is steeped in mythology and practical importance to the region’s… Read More »Salkantay Mountain is a good mountain
The traditional dish of Medellin might surprise you. The city is so lush and green, the tropical fruits are falling on your head. It’s the city of Eternal Spring. Spring makes me think of fresh… Read More »What is the traditional dish of Medellin?
If you’re walking around Cusco, Peru, you’ll soon notice something curious perched on the tiled rooves of houses: bulls. They’ll come in pairs. They’re usually not large, maybe twice the size of your hand. They’ll… Read More »What are the bulls on Cusco rooftops?