Author Archives: Riya Dange

Swan Song

* NOTE: As usual, the names of all the babies and mothers have been changed to preserve their privacy. Thank you to everyone who has been following our blog! His first steps were uncertain at best. When I lifted him from … Continue reading

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It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a… Checklist?

King Arthur wields the sword of justice. Robin Hood stands for the poor. Princess Leia destroys empires, and Buffy Summers battles vampires. From ancient folklore to space-based fantasies, heroes are those who stand between the world and certain doom. And … Continue reading

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Operation Arcoiris

*NOTE: As usual, the names of all the mothers and children have been changed to protect their privacy Turquoise. Purple. Turquoise. Purple. Turquoise. The chipped, sparkling nail polish on my left hand strongly echoes The Little Mermaid’s color scheme. And I’m … Continue reading

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City of Trapezoids

*NOTE: This post covers events from June 17-19 Everyone has their own style. The Ancient Greeks preferred corrugated white columns and sloping marble roofs. The Ancient Egyptians were fond of sharp angles and tawny limestone. And the Ancient Chinese furnished … Continue reading

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One Thousand and One Incan Rocks

*NOTE: This post includes events from June 11-12 When I was five years old, I developed a peculiar fascination with rocks. Every day at recess, I would scour the playground for new additions to my little collection. I gathered gray … Continue reading

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Toto, I’ve a Feeling We’re Not in Cusco Anymore

*NOTE: This post covers events from June 3-5 Ah traveling… The sweet sensation of being swept into the air by a whirling vortex and then deposited in the middle of a munchkin village – right on top of the Wicked … Continue reading

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A Song of Fever and Cold

*NOTE: This post includes events from June 1-2. As usual, the names of the babies from El Hogar Juana de Aza have been changed for the sake of privacy “A tree to solve the world’s problems.” If infomercials existed in the … Continue reading

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All the Little Pieces

*NOTE: Some of this material may be disturbing to read. Additionally, the names of all the mothers and children have been changed for the sake of privacy Somewhere in the middle of Calle Ahuacpinta is a large brown doorway set … Continue reading

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Fourteen Saints A-Dancing

*NOTE: This post covers events from May 25-26 Of all the questions I thought I’d ask, “That’s a tortilla?” was definitely not one. Growing up in California, I was primarily exposed to the Mexican tortilla – a paper-thin flatbread made … Continue reading

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Keeping Up with the Cusquad: The Strange and the Familiar

*NOTE: This is a catch-up post that covers events from May 22-23 The Spanish word for “foreigner” is extranjero. Derived from the Latin root extra – meaning “outside” – the word connotes a sense of strangeness and isolation. Back in the … Continue reading

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