Wednesday, June 14, 2017

July 2017: Turn Right at Machu Picchu by Mark Adams

Image result for turn right at machu picchu Meeting Details: We're getting together at Tessa's house on Thursday, July 6th at 7:30 pm, with discussion to begin at 8pm. 

- cancelled; possible rescheduling at Chandra's next week

Discussion Questions:

1. Did you enjoy the book?  Why or why  not?
2. Discuss the guide, John Leivers, and his role and how he impacts the author’s trip.
3. Discuss the similarities and differences between Bingham I, II and III.
4. On page 52, John says to Mark regarding hiking and that it will get easier as his body adapts, “ There’s a general law in life. The body and mind only get stronger when they’re traumatized.” Do you agree with this law of John’s? 
5. Discuss the author’s transition from desk editor to adventurer/explorer and how it changes his life.
6. Why does the Inca culture and civilization hold so much fascination for us today?
7. Why was the longer traditional second trip to Machu Picchu more meaningful that the author’s first trip there?
8. Discuss the role and interrelatedness of the different Inca sites and paths.
9. Discuss the Spanish encounters with the Inca civilization and how its effect are evident today.
10. Does this book inspire you to visit Peru? Machu Picchu? If so, why and if not, why?
11. Would you recommend this book to others?  To who and why?

Menu Ideas: "Holiday in Peru"... a cool nibbling menu for a hot summer day!  

- Peruvian Grilled Chicken Skewers - Karen
Causa (peruvian layered potato dish)
Peruvian Pickled Onions
Solterino Salad (quinoa salad) - Sherri
Stuffed Avocados 

- Fruit Espuma (raspberry jello dessert)
- Alfajores (dulce de leche cookies)
- Strawberry Cheescake -- Chandra 

Drinks: lemonade and mango juice - Tessa

(Note: questions and menu may be modified slightly when I finish reading the book!)


  1. I'll bring strawberry cheesecake tarts.

  2. I will bring the grilled chicken skewers.

  3. I will not be able to make it. Enjoy the evening!


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