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16 MORE Non-Existent Issues in the Peruvian campo (countryside)..

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More ‘problems’ we are truly starting to forget about, after 5 months in rural Northern Peru,… when you start to think about it there are plenty, so here’s 16 more (..just a couple more opinions from getting to know the life around here.)

16. Noise Ordinances

Learned this lesson one of the first weeks at site, nearby neighbor ceviche place had a truck outside blaring music to entertain the patrons within.  Only problem was this was at 4am on a weeknight.  Couldn’t sleep at all and had to go out and manually reach in the truck to turn it down..  What I was most surprised by was the fact that no other neighbors were out in the streets an none seemed bothered by it the next day.  Perhaps the community is just used to loud noises at all hours.

17. Deadlines

Maybe one of the benefits to being down in Peru.  You can have a schedule when things are to be due and when people are going to get together, but there’s no real benefit to keeping punctuality.  Things are going to get done when they are done and people will get together with information is important enough.  Many of the meetings and projects are informal in any case.

18. Hard Water Stains

Forgot what these looked like, then again I’ve been mostly using a cement lined bathroom for some time.

19. Multi-vitamins / Supplements

Kinda odd to not start my day with a multi-vitamin, calcium pill, omega-3, and some protein powder, but nowadays I feel okay and am satisfied with the nutrition from the meals around here.  Pill nutrients cannot be found here in town and if you finally locate them in the capital city, it’ll cost you.  Found a jug of protein powder for about 90 soles…that’s about what you’ll have to pay for 6 nights in a hostel or a couple weeks worth of Molinopampa food.

20. Wheelchairs

I might have to take this back, our health post does have one…yes one, in the trauma room.  But it’s the only one possible in town so far.  Now if you might need a motorized scooter on your next trip to Amazonas I think your going to have to re-think your travel plans.

21. Smoke Alarms and Fire Extinguishers

Don’t know how much good the alarm would do, many families have an open fire in the kitchen going for most of the day.  With some of the ‘improved’ cookstove designs we are encouraging; families will hopefully vent more of the smoke out of the kitchen and generally improve respiratory conditions.  Now should a blaze get out of control, who knows what would happen next?  I haven’t seen an extinguisher in quite some time and maybe they’re just really, really hidden well in businesses.  Houses are made of mostly adobe but should the wood components start burning up there’s also no real fire department (or hydrants).

22. Sunglasses and Helmets (only on the public works workers)

You should see the see the number of family members that can pack on one motorcycle… tried to get a picture of mom, dad-driving and 2 or 3 little kids trying to hold on (sometimes just a baby or two being cradled by the mom on the back).  Really odd to see, but it’s the life around town.  If we decide to start riding a bicycle Peace Corps requires a helmet…I think we’d be some of the 1st folks around town to be wearing these then (and already we stick out enough).   Plus, being up at such attitude and having occasionally bright days (and working outside all day), one would think sunglasses would be used more often.  Nope, more of a style thing probably for the big city folks…not sure..

23. Baby Proofing a House

What does this really mean?  And are they doing it here in Molinopampa? Yes.. No..  Not really sure.  What I do know is that I’ve been electrocuted badly just touching the light switches and it could easily happen again.  There’s machetes lying on the walkway to the concrete bathroom and (as mentioned) open fire always going in the kitchen without protective barriers.  I guess what would be entertaining for a baby or toddler is the chickens and ducks pecking at your feet while trying to eat.

24. Retirement Homes and Child Daycare

It’s funny, but there really are very few (if any) established places to drop people off to be cared for.  The town streets are a great place to run into bands of roaming 3 – 5 year old kids and our community elders.  Everyone seems content with this lifestyle.

25. Confined Space Work Permits

Lock Out / Tag Out …  OSHA…  I remember keeping up with code and regulations used to be a big deal.  Then I came down to Peru and started working.  When about time to start back in the industries in the states, I’m going to have to review standards and workplace regulations before I jump onto anything that has a fall risk.

26. Family Values and Pornography

As Catholic as the country is, you’d think there would be groups or spokespeople speaking on behalf of the upbringing of the kids.  But then again, maybe it was some of the protestant groups pushing good family values…I forget.  What I do know is that the youth here still are exposed to bloody video games in the capital cities, violent movies on the long distance bus rides that all the families are taking, and the most popular evening national TV shows are ‘competition’ shows where the guys are tank-toped or shirtless and the girls are just about wearing bikinis.  With the complete absence of internet, what seems odd is that you really don’t find any pornography at all around town.  Then again, I really haven’t been shopping around so perhaps my opinion is naive.

27. Lawncare Services

I don’t think my neighbors here know really what a standard North America front lawn is like.  There is plenty of grass and fields around here but there are also plenty of cows grazing and hay and brush cutting.  Funny, but I haven’t seen lawnmower or weedwacker since back in the states because everything is done by hand.  Maybe it has something to do with the high price of gas and machinery.

28. Minimum Wages

You won’t find this idea here yet in Peru, or at least in countryside Amazonas.  Luckily, laborers aren’t taxed and the average household does not need much to live off.  But an eventual agreement of the lowest possible wage you could pay someone per hour might be a nice policy.

29. Lawsuits

Oh that’s right, have to watch out for this in the states.  Here in Peru, lawyers and laws do exist, but it’s very much out of the public’s eye.  If in the future, I ever get in trouble with the law down here, ask me again if I think that the lawsuits are non-existent, but for the time being we have pretty much forgotten about the legal system.

30. Sitting in Traffic

I don’t miss quite yet the feeling of being behind the wheel and no going anywhere.

31. Trans-Fat and High Fructose Corn Syrup

Really with no fast food available around, here I guess this makes sense, but with a small selection of packaged treats you would think these thinks would slip into the Peruvian diet.  Not yet from what I can tell.


Written by galbavy

April 13, 2013 at 10:56 pm

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  1. Interesting comments and observations.


    April 14, 2013 at 5:05 am

  2. […] a few nights ago when a ‘meeting’ was held right in the center of most of the houses.  Remeber what I mentioned about noise.  I couldn’t get many pictures the ‘meetings’ it’s often very dark and […]

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