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    Thanks sk8pics. I appreciate it. That choosing love exercise came from a book I read many many years ago "Emmanuel's Book" - very clear and powerful. The exercise has helped me a lot. And yes I do believe love is a choice. Mostly a very difficult one that can take a lifetime of practice and commitment to achieve with any consistency. We (and by that I mean most (all?) people) have been hurt so much in one way or another that choosing love seems unrealistic and somehow not valid, and yet I finally am getting to see that it is indeed the only thing that sets us free from suffering no matter how irrational it may seem to be. 'Love anyway' is one of my mantras, even though I'm not always successful at it.
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    Wow, more beautiful pictures and such wonderful stories! Thanks again for sharing.

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    You're welcome. It was a spectacular festival. I'm so glad we went.
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    Boots Booze and Buxom Babes

    A new blog post is ready, a second installment about the spectacular Candelaria Festival
    http://alisonanddon.wordpress.com/20...stival-part-2/
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    Wonderful, ali!

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    Thanks so much
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    Two new blog posts.

    The first is about re-entry into Vancouver: time to stop for a while.
    http://alisonanddon.wordpress.com/20...life-re-entry/

    And the second is the final installment in the series about the truly amazing Candelaria Festival in Peru. Repeatedly gobsmacked
    A Party of Epic Proportions
    http://alisonanddon.wordpress.com/20...of-candelaria/
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    Wow, great stuff as usual, ali. So sorry to read about your injury, but glad it was not serious. Yes, from drama and suffering often comes growth.

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    Thanks sk8pics. The injury is healing nicely, and around the apartment at least I'm now walking without crutches. Another couple of weeks should do it.
    I think it was a little of what dear Fr Rohr calls 'necessary suffering' Did the trick!
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    Thank you, for the continuing external and internal "travelogue".
    I'm glad that you are recovering, though.

    Lesson learned, whatever it was meant to be!
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    Yes, a few lessons learned with this one. Much more comfortable in my skin. And so looking forward to being fully mobile again
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    I have a new travel post ready, this one is the first about Ecuador - Quito, Otavalo, and climbing a volcano.

    http://alisonanddon.wordpress.com/20...avalo-volcano/

    My ankle is about 85% healed thank God - I can walk again
    Having reduced mobility has really been a lesson for us both.
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    So glad to hear your ankle is better! Make sure to do your P.T. so you will regain as much strength and mobility as possible.

    And thanks for another wonderful post. I love all your pictures. The wolf looked almost like a coyote or fox, so small, sad that there are so few of them. And such beautiful vistas, and people! What camera do you use? You do a wonderful job.

    I especially enjoyed this blog because I have some friends in Guatemala this week, and reading about your adventures in Ecuador made me think of them.

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    That was yesterday. Today I found myself spontaneously saying that my ankle is 89% healed so a bit better every day. It's feeling good. I have an excellent ankle brace that keeps it stable and I'm now pretty much walking normally. We leave our current housesit tomorrow so I've spent just about the entire day cleaning and the ankle has been fine. Yay!

    Thanks re the post. It was a beautiful place. I wish we'd had better weather and more energy, but it was what it was and we still had some wonderful experiences like walking around that beautiful lake, and the Otavaleños, and the wolf. That was pure magic seeing a wolf in the wild. I'm sure there's more than 2 in all the Andes, just only 2 in that area. Oh and the golden church was gorgeous and surreal and heart-stopping in its beauty.

    My camera is bridge camera, Panasonic FZ150. Currently doing the research to upgrade. Not wanting the weight of a full DSLR, but I'm definitely wanting a camera with a bigger sensor, and I'd trade some zoom capability for that. Also wanting built-in flash, and a flip-out monitor as well as view finder. I'm not sure the camera I want exists. :

    I really really hope we get to Guat one day. I also have friends there.
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    You always provide "food for thought"; and your photos/observations about people/surroundings wherever you are make me smile,

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    Thanks skatesindreams. I'm glad you're enjoying the blog. Smiles are good I have such a lovely time putting it together. Currently working on Galapagos photos.

    orientalplane I have absolutely no intention of stopping. I have 2 posts of Galapagos coming up, then 2 or 3 of Cyprus, then a couple about Vancouver, then one that's just portraits from Southeast Asia, then portraits from South America, and some more This Nomadic Life posts about who knows what, and by then we'll probably be somewhere in the South Pacific (Tahiti maybe) and then Australia - so at the moment it feels unending - in a good way
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    At last I have a new blog post done - finally the astonishing Galapagos Islands
    There truly is nowhere on earth like it.

    http://alisonanddon.wordpress.com/20...d-the-islands/

    And a new This Nomadic Life post - we fell into a hole. Oops

    http://alisonanddon.wordpress.com/20...o-a-hole-oops/

    (but we're out of it now )
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    Seeing the Galapagos through your pen and camera is wonderful.

    I'm delighted to read that you aren't "stuck" in a "hole" any longer!

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    Thanks so much on both counts
    Galapagos is truly extraordinary. I don't think our cruise/tour was anything special in terms of how much we could have seen (there are several islands we didn't get to) but we were amazed and completely blown away day after day.
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