Weekend Reading

By Kate Riley July 14, 2019

Happy Sunday friends. It just dawned on me that summer is half over. Noooo! It’s so nice having lazy mornings with no schedule, no rush, I have the house to myself in the mornings when my teens are sleeping. They wander downstairs groggy from sleep around 11 or so and eat their breakfast in the middle of the day. I love it.

I’m home for the remainder of the summer, but then I’m off on another international adventure in August. One of my friend’s relatives is getting married in Cusco, and we’ve been invited to attend the wedding. An authentic Peruvian wedding! I am so very excited to see Lima and Machu Picchu, it’s been on my bucket list for years! Send me tips if you’ve ever been to the area. Like, how did you handle the altitude?

Favorite links from the week:

I want to move into this renovated and simply decorated studio in Lisbon.

Wow, now that is a stunning kitchen backsplash.

So beautiful, this layered modern Mediterannean home by Amber Interiors.

Oh my gorgeousness: the colors and setting of this Lake Como wedding.

If you could use an extra room, take a look at these portable DROP structures.

20 busy creatives share their time saving work hacks.

Reasons why everyone’s going to the moon again.

3 choices you’ll regret making a decade from now.

Ha ha, awkward date stories are the best.



  1. I haven’t been to Lima or Machu Picchu, but have traveled to Quito, Ecuador to visit my daughter while she was living there and I didn’t really encounter any problems with altitude–and I live in the flatlands of Indiana. I made sure to stay well hydrated while I was there and tried to get enough sleep and that seemed to be all I needed. No matter what, I was short of breath on stairs and hills, due to the elevation, but I didn’t experience headaches. Water is always your friend. ¡Viajes felices!

  2. Rest the first day. We had coca leaf teas to help with the altitude. Some of the nicer hotels pump extra oxygen into the rooms to help with the altitude. Make sure you eat some ceviche on your trip. Peruvian style ceviche is the best! Enjoy!!

  3. I’ve been! The flight from Lima to Cusco is the most spectacular (and scary, ha!) I’ve ever been on. We travelled with my 65 year old boyfriend’s (at the time, now husband) mother. Our first trip as a couple – and we brought her along. Crazy! We were fine, though easily winded, but she experienced terrible altitude sickness for a day or two. Drink the tea and if you can splurge, opt for a hotel with the pumped in oxygen. The train ride from Cusco to Machu Picchu is also long and very cold so dress warmly.

    My favourite town was Aguas Calientes. Eat beside the train track for a unique experience. The Trucha a la Plancha is delicious but the cuy is just one thing I could not eat. Have a wonderful trip!

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