Anyone making their way to Machu Picchu must first traverse The Sacred Valley of the Incas (Valle Sagrado de los Incas), and we were no exception. But this was no tedious trek, it was a fascinating adventure in its own right.
The legacy of the Roman Empire can be found in far more places than you might imagine. Many of the most interesting ancient sites, however, are located in countries and regions that are difficult or dangerous to visit. Fear not.
Though preceding him by over 1,800 years, Chanakya is often called the "Indian Machiavelli" for his political assertions. Maybe his statecraft was motivated by the very nascent beginnings of economics. Maybe war elephants aren't so different from financial derivatives after all.
These mid-August days, some 2,500 years ago, witnessed a violent turn-about in power -- regicide followed by a week of king-less days. Imagine for a moment the uncertainty, the chaos. Imagine the mother of the assassinated king.
No matter what the origin, Father's Day is a time to honor all the men who have given of themselves to raise healthy, conscious children. They may be biological fathers or not, men who have taken upon themselves to mentor and be role models.
The original outrageous, illicit power couple was none other than the pair who refuse to die in our imaginations -- the fun-loving Roman General Mark Antony and the fascinating Queen of Egypt, Cleopatra VII.