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Heaven and Hell at Lake Titicaca

Heaven and Hell on Lake Titicaca
Lake Titicaca, Peru -  Photo: Russ Johnson

I gasp, I grunt. Normally, I find climbing a small hill easy. I am not a mountaineer but somewhere in my DNA there are at least couple of strands of mountain goat. I am at 12,500 feet aiming for 13,000 and despite a prophylactic chaw of cocoa leaf presented to me at a welcoming ceremony, my lungs beg for oxygen.

I have just disembarked a boat that had taken me across Lake Titicaca. And yes, there really is a Lake Titicaca, the inland sea in Peru with the name we all giggled about in fourth-grade geography class. I am trudging, with backpack, up a hill on the island of Suasi to a lodge where I will spend the next few days. In comparison to where I have just been, this is starting to look like heaven.

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Amazon to the Andes: A Day in Peru (4K Video)

In the second installment of our Peru video series, we take you from sunrise on the Tambopata River in the Amazon Basin, to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, to Machu Picchu, Cusco, then across the Andes to witness the sun set and the moon rise over Lake Titicaca.

The video works fine on just about any computer, phone or tablet, but If you are one of the lucky ones who have a fast enough internet connection and a 4K monitor or TV set, click on gear icon and select 4K after you enlarge the video to full screen.

Flight over the Andes to Lake Titicaca (4k Video)

This is a 4K video I shot flying over the Peruvian Andes to Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable body of water in the world. It can be watched in the new 4K video format, four times the resolution of HDTV, but for those of you who lack the computer (or TV) and bandwidth to do that, it is also available in standard YouTube formats.

To watch in YouTube 4K video, maximize your screen with the control on the bottom right of the frame, click on the gear symbol and choose 4K. Warning: This is new and very quirky)

Midnight in the Garden of Swedes and Norwegians

Russ Johnson dodges trolls and other beings that stumble in the bright of night during Midsummer in Sweden's Lakes District.

Vitsand in Sweden's Lakes District
Visand, in Sweden's Lakes District  - Photo: Russ Johnson

It is not easy to be chirpy at 3 o'clock in the morning unless you're a mockingbird or a Swede during Midsummer when the sun hardly sets at all. Swedes are not normally a chirpy bunch, but they do manage to stay awake on summer nights.

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Revolt at the Kasbah (Video)

View From Kasbah toward Marrakech, MoroccoView from Kasbah Omar, Anrar, Morocco- Photo: Russ Johnson

Sometimes you suffer from too much of a good thing, even the finest food.

Tell your friends you're going Morocco for two weeks and they'll likely lick their lips and wish they could be with you to enjoy the tasty pastilla, keftas, couscous and  tajines. So why,  halfway through our journey,  were we willing partners to a culinary insurrection.

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