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Welcome To Vilcabamba
"The Sacred Valley of Longevity"

This Is A Privately Circulated Blog, scribbled exclusively for Friends & Familiars, that peers into and pontificates about Expat life in the hinterlands of South America. If your eyesight is less than optimal (like mine), then just click the type size up a notch on your browser..

Here you will find a series of curmudgeonly commentaries that I've posted from atop my rickety old soapbox for the past few years. And yes, there are indeed political rantings, so place your seats in the upright position and fasten your seat belts .... it may be a bumpy ride.


Somewhere Over The Rainbow(s)

And you thought only Hawaii had these kinds of double rainbows? These two were over what is called "The Sacred Mandango", the large outcropping to the left side on the mountain top between the two rainbows. Odd, huh?

This is the magic mountain of almost pure iron ore that keeps the airplanes from flying over the Vilcabamba Valley ... supposedly screws up their compasses. It helps to make this one of the most peaceful and off the beaten track places on earth. Mandango is also called the hanger for parked UFO's. Come, visit and see it for yourself. Margaritas served chilled after 5PM, and you bring the dip.


How Does Your Garden Grow?

I'm often asked what kind of produce I grow in the "Jardin de Patricio".

Here is a photo of several different kinds of lettuce, all nestled together. I challenge anyone to find such a variety and quality in their local U.S. grocery store.

And yes, I do indeed murmur sweet nothings to them in the dark of the moon, a'la Anastasia.

When it comes time for my salad, three or four different kinds of lettuce are harvested, trimmed, washed off and given a light, home-made dressing. Yummy yummy! Good for my tummy.

And remember, this is only the "lechuga" (lettuce). Can you imagine what the rest of the garden looks like? Even better, why not put a "Jardin" in yourself. You'll love the lettuce!