we just got to Lima, but I’m still missing Tullumayu & Casa Campesina 😽 #coolencusco #tbt (at Casa Andina Centro Miraflores Lima)

we just got to Lima, but I’m still missing Tullumayu & Casa Campesina 😽 #coolencusco #tbt (at Casa Andina Centro Miraflores Lima)

guess who got motion sickness at the Nazca Lines! 😨 (at Nazca Lines - Peru)

guess who got motion sickness at the Nazca Lines! 😨 (at Nazca Lines - Peru)

the weather in Arequipa is so nice 😍 (at Flying Dog Hostel in Arequipa)

the weather in Arequipa is so nice 😍 (at Flying Dog Hostel in Arequipa)

The little buggers have colonized every known living thing—humans have ten times more microorganisms feasting inside us than we do cells—and saturated every possible ecological niche. There’s even a class of viruses that infect only other parasites, which are scarcely larger than the viruses themselves.

Sam Kean, The Violinist’s Thumb


It’s when I read things like this, about how microbes are literally everywhere and do so much more than we expect, that I get so pumped about microbiology. I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of it.

it’s hard to believe a month ago I was in Machu Picchu! (and this bad at selfies)

it’s hard to believe a month ago I was in Machu Picchu! (and this bad at selfies)

easily my least favorite border (we were stuck here for 15 hours) 💀 (at Frontera Perú - Bolivia)

easily my least favorite border (we were stuck here for 15 hours) 💀 (at Frontera Perú - Bolivia)

it’s just the two of us! meet my travel buddy for the next two weeks 😎 (at Sillustani Tombs)

it’s just the two of us! meet my travel buddy for the next two weeks 😎 (at Sillustani Tombs)