Author: BryanSpero

Travel, USA

Advice On Half Dome Day Hike


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When it comes to Yosemite National Park located in the Sierra Nevada, California, everyone knows about the magnificent granite cliffs portrayed in photos and websites. Tourists come and go, pretty much they go to spots located in the valley itself. I have seen many tourist buses in and out of the valley, with numbers increasing significantly in summer.

DSCN0251The cables behind me leads to the top of the half dome.

I did the cables on half dome back few months back, I was lucky enough to obtain the lottery for the permit to climb the half dome. Even luckier because I went a week before the fire started at Yosemite National Park due to a hiker negligence. I started off from the Yosemite valley for this 15 mile long hike to the top of half dome, at 5 am in the cool summer morning.

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1) Bring enough water and stay hydrated

We totally underestimated the intensity of the hike. We brought around 2 litres of water each and we were almost out when we reached the top of the half dome. That was really  dangerous because the last thing you want is to suffer from dehydration halfway during the hike. We were lucky because we ran into an old couple with a water filtration system. It was a god sent! I would recommend you to bring 4 litres of water, depending on individuals consumption intake. Important rule of the thumb, you would want to replace your body fluids at a faster rate than losing.

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Peru, Travel

My Thoughts About Traveling In Peru


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My first country to visit in South America is Peru. South America is captivating, when I was in Peru, I wanted to go to Chile and hike the Patagonia. People asked me, why South America or why not Central America, precisely why Peru? Well the answer I’m going to give is because of Machu Pichu, it is going to be my first new 7 wonders of the world. I know Mexico has got the Chichén Itzá, but that can wait. Well, it is not just because of Machu Pichu.

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1) Learn some basic Español

When I first landed in Lima, the capital of Peru, the airport was pretty good with some English translation on directions boards and stuff. Pretty much, people in Lima speak minimal English, basic words here and there but it is good if you know some basic Spanish. I tried ordering some food from Subway in Lima and I encountered some difficulty in getting my order across to the crew. Fortunately, one of the guy working there know some English because my Spanish vocabulary is not that good when it comes to food. The further you travel away from Lima, the chances of people not speaking English falls greatly.

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