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Archive for September 2012

Mota fell off the roof

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…and is now recovering in the kitchen. We’re pulling for ya mota!

– E.g.

Ubicación:Los Claveles,,Perú

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September 29, 2012 at 3:34 am

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No more complaining about high gas prices

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Yes, you are reading this picture correctly; it’s currently 13.89 soles/liter for mod-grade gasoline. Being that there are 3.78 liters in a gallon and the current exchange rate is 2.60 soles for every $1, that would me that peruanos are paying $20.19/gal to fuel up their cars. Pretty crazy considering the low salaries. No wonder most people opt to stay away from cars and always take combi’s and buses.

Why are prices so high down here? Probably a combination of taxes on the fuel here and heavy subsidies in the states (quick search online pointed to some estimates of $10-$52 billion/year to the oil, gas and coal industries). Something to think about…

– E.g.

UPdate, Update..  Found out a couple months ago that prices are actually per gallon (even though liter is used for everything else).. Sheesh, that’s good to hear..  makes prices about $5 to $6 per gallon..  still not great, considering the lower standard of living here..

Location:22,Chaclacayo,Peru

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September 26, 2012 at 4:11 am

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Purple Corn & Cuy

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Surprised both of these items have yet to take off in the states. Both have interesting flavors and both are found all around town down here. Your standard purple corn is just that… purple and corn. But used to make chica morada or mazamorra morada, have yet to see any purple tortilla or cans of baby purple corn, but that would be pretty cool.

Then there is Cuy, the neat little pet Americans have grown to love that turns out to be an interesting treat. When cooked from a huatia, it roasts the animal quite a bit and gives the meat a rich smoky taste as well. The skin is quite tough and requires quite a bit of chewing, but then again, that’s were all the nutrients are.

Will write some time about anticuchos some time in the future as well. There are plenty of weekends left here.

– E.g.

Location:22,Chaclacayo,Peru

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September 25, 2012 at 4:11 am

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Cerveza típica del Perú

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Cristal – light lager, crisp, very similar to a bud light

Cusqueña – dark, lightly carbonated Carmel tasty, with vitamins

Pilsen Callao – (still waiting to try) heard it’s a little more malty and brewed w wheat

– E.g.

Location:Los Claveles,,Peru

Written by galbavy

September 22, 2012 at 8:31 pm

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River runs through it

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Rio Rimac is the foundation of the valley stretching from the Andes running west into Lima and eventually the ocean.  Along this important river communities like Chaclacayo are established and watered properly.  At least for most of the year.  Normally know as being pretty dirty, the river smelled and appeared fresh and crisp.  Now that winter is wrapping up, it will start rising more and more and gradually change color to correspond to it’s sediment load.

– E.g.

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September 22, 2012 at 4:22 am

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Reflections on 1st Couple Days

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The Corps keeps us busy that’s for sure, plenty of sessions and all quite informative and entertaining to some extent. Along the walk home located some hip street art, and was exposed to an excellent Peruvian dessert: arroz con leche y mazamorra morada.. sorta like rice pudding with a fruity gelatin.

– E.g.

Location:22,Chaclacayo,Peru

Written by galbavy

September 20, 2012 at 4:17 am

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Safe and sound in Chaclacayo

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Informative ‘retreat’ day yesterday, and just met the Ospinal familia today. Soo very kind and hospitable they are. Learning tons of new words and info about this quaint suburb of Lima. Here’s Andrea learning how to make huevos cubano.

E.g.

Location:22,Chaclacayo,Peru

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September 17, 2012 at 12:48 am

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