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In Peru’s capital city I take an actually hot shower, drink a vanilla latte from Starbucks, and contemplate surf school. Lara, Mike, and Astrid have come to Lima to facilitate getting the seismometers through customs—the second hurdle after getting the … Continue reading

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Burning Fields and the Bolivian Border

Each Peruvian town has its own trademark. On a three-day road trip, our first stop is in the town of the bike cabs, where bike wheels fill the streets five abreast on market day. Here, Astrid finds the first bookseller … Continue reading

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Adventures in Styrofoam

For most people, a cookie is a dessert. For seismologists, that definition has to be revised to include circular discs of Styrofoam which are used to insulate the delicate instruments. Since we’re still in Cusco, we spend the morning shopping … Continue reading

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A New Plan

Since we’ve been in Cusco, I’ve learned that the Spanish for duct-tape is duct-tape, that concrete can only be bought in 45 kilo bags, that pisco sours are delicious, and that the hills above Cusco boast an Inka temple of … Continue reading

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A Hitch

For the kind of data Lara, Maureen, and Susan want to collect, STS-2 seismometers are the best in the world. Unfortunately, they’re not here yet. The problem is that it’s inadvisable to ship the instruments until we have a good … Continue reading

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Altiplano

Altiplano literally means high plains, but here the grass covered hills rise out of the valleys like sand dunes, and a cold breeze blows down from snow on the peaks. Crossing a pass, we hit our highest altitude of 4,800 … Continue reading

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Lilies on the Staircase

We wake up to the sounds of jungle birds, street peddlers, and highway workers starting their day. The hotel we’re staying in is run by a family with three adorable girls and a gatito, but we can’t stay for breakfast. … Continue reading

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Boomtown

My first trip out of Cusco starts at 5:15 with a quick breakfast of eggs and coffee. Before we get on the road, we stop at the container—a rented shipping crate in a vacant field that Lara uses to store … Continue reading

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Golden Bricks and Guinea Pigs

I begin my journey to Peru at New Haven’s Union Station. Instead of the usual overnight bag, I’m equipped with a suitcase of clothes, a bag of camping gear, and a giant blue duffel full of 65 rubber gaskets for … Continue reading

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Fingerprints of Flow

Two weeks ago, I returned from a field trip in the Big Horn and Seminoe mountains of Wyoming. Two days from now, I’ll be in the air on my way to Cuzco, Peru. The city functions as a gateway to … Continue reading

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