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Our House Here in Molinopampa…

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Looking NE from the corner of Jiron Amazonas and Jiron Jose Olaya, you can see our house to the right of the white blg. and Mirador Restaurant

Looking NE from the corner of Jiron Amazonas and Jiron Jose Olaya, you can see our house to the right of the white bldg. & Mirador Restaurant

We moved into the room with the small window, on the right of our room is a store that our hostmom will sell soda and crackers from.  To the right of the store is our host sisters room.

We moved into the room with the small window, on the right of our room is a store that our hostmom will sell soda and crackers from. To the right of the store is our host sisters room.

The front entry to the house is through a corridor next to the store.

The front entry to the house is through a corridor next to the store.

Then you can reach our backyard and living space.  Gotta dry cloths where-ever there's a covered space from the daily rains.

Then you can reach our backyard and living space. Gotta dry cloths where-ever there’s a covered space from the daily rains.

Tough to capture the entire backyard, plenty of useful wood and chickens running around, behind all of which you'll find a small vegetable garden.

Tough to capture the entire backyard, plenty of useful wood and chickens running around, behind all of which you’ll find a small vegetable garden.

On the side there's some covered area to store guinea pigs and firewood, conveniently right next to the kitchen.

On the side there’s some covered area to store guinea pigs and firewood, conveniently right next to the kitchen.

More to the left, you can see where our door is in the main house.  Right next to the room of our blind host aunt.

More to the left, you can see where our door is in the main house. Right next to the room of our blind host aunt.

For a more detailed tour of our room, remember you can go back to the blog entry of December 16.

On the other side of the backyard, you'll find the bathroom, just put in the last couple couple months for our arrival.  There is a multipurpose sink attached to a cement wall shielding off the cold shower.  Plenty of water here in Amazonas.

On the other side of the backyard, you’ll find the bathroom, just put in the last couple couple months for our arrival. There is a multipurpose sink attached to a cement wall shielding off the cold shower. Plenty of water here in Amazonas.

And the roof of the bathroom, and kitchen area is corrugated metal sheeting making it easy to replace.

Here’s Andrea going around the backyard with a similar tour as well, enjoy…

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December 28, 2012 at 8:46 pm

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Andrea w a very clean Frido Lye..

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In our room, some dogs really like the attention..


– E.g.

Ubicación:Ortiz Arrieta,Chachapoyas,Perú

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December 26, 2012 at 2:58 pm

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M. Christmas and F. Navidad

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Nativity

The heart of the season is upon us here in Molinopampa and we’ve eaten enough Panaton to make up for all the past Christmas’s we missed here.  Morning mass was relatively calm and not any larger or more packed then the average sunday service.  Very nice nativity scenes around here as well.  After mass we got a taste of the ‘Baile or Danza de Las Pastoras’ (Shepherds)…including ‘un viejo’ (old person) and ‘un nergo’ (black person) to represent different people in the community.

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December 25, 2012 at 5:31 pm

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Peruvian Chocolatadas and Fresh Sugarcane Juice

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When it comes to Christmas in Peru, it’s hard to stay away from the large gatherings called ‘chocolatadas’.  Really anytime throughout the day a town or village or classroom or workplace can get together to drink hot-chocolate and eat large chunks of Paneton, a sweeten bread with raisins and dyed fruits inside.

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When on a trip to Huamazan village, on the other side of the mountain from Molinopamap, to attend one of these chocolatadas, got to see and learn about sugarcane juices..  When it is fresh pressed the Peruvians tend to call it ‘Caldo de caña’, after fermented for a bit of time it is called ‘Guarapo’ and after this fermented mix is distilled to really isolate the alcohol, the drink is often called ‘Cañaso’.   None the less, the original pressing is mostly milled by hand, as seen below:

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December 22, 2012 at 11:36 am

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Personal Tour of Our Peruvian Bedroom and Workspace..

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Neat room, enough space too…

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December 16, 2012 at 11:49 pm

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El Comercio Article About Swearing In…

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National newspaper, el Comercio, put together an article on December 1, about our swearing in last month and suprisingly decided to feature the Galbavy pair (w/ Prom Type Photo).  Read through the article labeled: Young Hands Impel/drive Development in Communities..  (below)

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December 16, 2012 at 11:45 pm

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Chachapoyas Burning Garbage Cliff

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Sometimes it’s just a bit easier to dump all municipal garbage into the river valley.

– E.g.

Ubicación:Ayacucho,Chachapoyas,Perú

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December 15, 2012 at 4:06 pm

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