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Archive for October 2013

Camp out at Huaylla Belen..

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Plenty of Rain, but beautiful spot.  Nice to get together with most of the Amazonas volunteers in this relatively out of the way place for our monthly regional meeting.

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October 27, 2013 at 5:11 pm

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Sismic Simulation at Night..

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Called for by the regional government, but entire town was eager to participate.  This simulation took place at about 8pm, when most are normally turning it, the police and authorities were out in the street collecting bodies and bringing all to the concrete slab centrally located in the town.  Medics went to work and hot drinks and rolls were served to all.

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October 25, 2013 at 7:25 pm

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Camp ALMA..

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Situated in Magdalena, just south of Chachapoyas, Andrea and the Health girls of Amazonas were able to organize and run a successful weekend girls camp.  The Camamento Actividades de Liderazgo para Mujeres Adolescentes, or Activities in Leadership for Girl Adolescents, took place the 1st weekend this month.  Was fast, but successful and a good time for all.

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October 21, 2013 at 12:18 pm

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Andrea Proud of her mini Kraps..

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Very similar to the old Ritz that we remember..

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October 13, 2013 at 4:04 pm

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Majas Part 2, Killing and Prepping..

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The killing part appears to be quite straight and forward: campasinos (the ‘people that work and live in the country’) set traps at night with a crude version of a shotgun attached to a tripwire at about 4-6 inches off the ground.  The string fires a 16 gauge shell at many the head and neck of the animal and it can be found the next morning.  Traps are many always taken down in the morning because nobody wants their cows or dogs or little kids to be shot in the ankles with a shotgun.

This is how the dirty job gets done.

This is how the dirty job gets done.

Prepping is like alot of small animals, the body is dipped in boiling water to make the fur easier to pull off and the skin is scrubbed to clean.  After which the knife comes out and you can cut off the nipples and remove the internal organs, see below..


The body is then hung in the middle of the kitchen (like the photo in my last post) and eventually cooked to the consumers liking.  I prefer chicharon style which is many chunks fried in oil.

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October 7, 2013 at 12:29 am

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Peruvian Independance Day..

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Don’t know if I neglected to report on the Peruvian 4th of July earlier this summer, but nonetheless, it was a nice time and it wasn’t on the 4th. Peruvian Independence is on July 28th each year and the town takes the day off. There are not Bar-B-Q’s but rather parades in most towns where authorities and parents come out to see their school kids march quickly in front of the Municipality. Here’s an example..

I’m not as in touch with the US military and school system as I should, and don’t know if soldiers in the states march the same way. In Chachapoyas there are similar displays of patriotism; there it’s every Sunday..

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October 2, 2013 at 1:22 am

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