Stephen F. Dennstedt
Photographer, Writer, World Traveller
Puno (Lake Titicaca) Peru
Independent world travel can be like two ships passing in the night. I’ve met so many wonderful and interesting people, for just brief periods of time, who’ve become great friends. That is truly the power of the internet, and one of the positive aspects of social media. I now have friends from all over the world, and that is so cool. Today is my sixty-ninth birthday (yeah, I know, I’m as old as dirt, I’m as old as the dinosaurs, I’m as old as GOD). But in my head I’m only about ten years old.
As the birthday wishes continue to come in from around the globe, it gives me pause. So many good friends, so many encounters to look back on (and more to look forward to), so many unique experiences since leaving the States almost five years ago. Later today I will be crossing into Bolivia, after six glorious months in AMAZING Peru. I should be in Copacabana, Bolivia by early afternoon—maybe I’ll light up a cigar at 12,600 feet (Whew!!!) and drink a toast to myself with some good aged Scotch whisky.