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About jdicus

I am a Spanish and social studies teacher on year-long sabbatical in Mendoza, Argentina. Our family consists of myself, wife Jenny Breen, and daughters Solana and Frances. With this blog we endeavor to chronicle our experience living abroad.

Stones in the belly button

Cuzco means “belly button” in Quechua, the language of the Inca, as it was considered the heart and center of Inca empire.  From here the four regions of the empire spread through Ecuador and down to Mendoza, Argentina. Upon our … Continue reading

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Local bus pulls out all the stops

Tour Peru promised me a direct bus from Puno to Cusco, no stops, no locals.  Not my usual way to travel, but it meant two hours less travel time.  However, when the bus made its first stop and a ‘bus … Continue reading

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Going native island style

Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world at 12,500 feet above sea level and is 118 miles long.  About one third of the lake belongs to Bolivia, representing the country’s only port of call ever since Chile … Continue reading

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Landing at 4,000 meters

La Paz, Bolivia is the highest capital city in the world at 3,500 meters above sea level (the airport is at 4,000).  While living in Mendoza, hiking above this altitude involved acclimatizing for a day or two, so its no … Continue reading

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A closing chapter…

Apologies for not posting in a while.  No news is good news, right?  My parents were with us for the last three weeks.  We did some nice traveling in the north of Argentina.  We visited beautiful towns and landscapes in … Continue reading

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Haciendo planes para un viaje al noroeste de Argentina

Este post va para los estudiantes de español y mis colegas en Blake.  Con estas pautas espero que puedan investigar sus propios viajes por Argentina o cualquier otro país latinoamericano. Dentro de dos semanas mis padres vienen de visita.  Tenemos … Continue reading

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Cardboard diorama of Mendoza

An after-school project today with Solana and Frances.  The box diorama is something I learned from my friend Jim, who is now with Magic Smelt Puppet Troupe in Duluth, MN.

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House guests from Brazil

photo by Laura Sobenes Last week we said good-bye to three cyclists from Sao Paulo, Brazil.  They came to us via Santiago, Chile where they had gone to the see the Lallapalooza festival.  After many days lost in the black … Continue reading

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Actividades en nuestra comunidad

Ya que estamos de regreso del viaje en bicicleta, nos hemos vuelto a la rutina de nuestra vida en la ciudad.  Las chicas van al ‘cole’ desde las ocho horas hasta las doce y media.  Ya no van a la doble … Continue reading

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Would you like a bribe with your wine?

“Your vehicle registration is expired. See here? It should say 2012.” The officer at the road block held the green plasticized registration card at a distance, far enough so I could not make out the numbers, his thumb indicating the … Continue reading

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