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Archive for March 2014

Quick 3 Observations from Atlanta Airport..

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And as leaving the USA once again I can’t help but notice a couple things that might be pretty unique and have yet to see in Peru..

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March 30, 2014 at 9:30 am

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Seaside Parks of Miraflores..

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The cliff-rich coastline at Lima/Miraflores is often cloudy and gloomy, but the expensive area around town has managed to fancy the coastline parks up a bit with free Wifi (very slow), skate and BMX parks, security patrol on segways, and plenty of odd rustic exercise equipment (like this one that sways your feet side to side)..

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March 27, 2014 at 8:12 am

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Happy 94th Grandma..

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Hope I’m as energetic and witty as my grandmother when I get to her age. Good time with balloons, music, dinner, jokes, and singing Happy Birthday a couple times..


– E.g.

Ubicación:Via De Luna Dr,Gulf Breeze,Estados Unidos

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March 18, 2014 at 2:33 pm

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10 Ways Peace Corps is a lot like running a small business..

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1. No one tells u when to wake up.

2. Daily you need to convince colleagues to want to work with you, even those you are paying.

3. Don’t make any money at first, and even after over a year in; you still aren’t making money.

4. You are ‘working’ basically 24/7 and every day is a bit different from the next.

5. You still need to file taxes, but there are benefits avaiable to make them low.

6. Everyday you learn vauable lessons to make the time go smoother.

7. Though many have tried. there’s no real manual for how to succeed; and when you have, it’s hard to realize you have because they’re always much more to do.

8. You can go 2 or 3 days without a shower and it won’t bother anyone.

9. Creativity, Humility and Persistence

10. Many days while in the depths of it, you severely question if the overall pursuit was really worth it, but in the end you realize it is one of the most valuable y rewarding experiences you’ve had.

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March 10, 2014 at 3:29 pm

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Items I really missed from the USA and will miss from Peru..

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Obviously friends and family are number one, but these are the physical items that separate our two great nations and things that you can and do, buy in a store or receive that I quite miss about the USA; for instance:

1. Indoor Carpeting – Oh how it’s nice to scroll around on a carpet with socks on..  funny this element of indoor construction hasn’t made it to rural Peru where most houses have concrete floors or just get by on earth or packed dirt floors under one’s feet.

Carpet

Carpet

2. Amber Ales and a Cigar – Such a tragedy that the people of Peru are kept blind from these varieties of taste and flavor.  I realize that some churches worldwide forbid their practitioners from consumption of these treats and I’m not going to criticize any lifestyle decisions others think is right.

One of best ambers out there, Peru is really missing out.

One of best ambers out there, Peru is really missing out.

3. Concrete Sidewalks – So easy, soo easy to just scroll around town or the neighborhoods when everything is paved.  Why is it that these sidewalks aren’t even more used in the USA.

Concrete jungle

Concrete jungle

And vice-versa, with a little perspective there will be items I’ll grow to miss that are common in Peru:

1. Machetes and Barettas – Tools of the trade for working around the house or walking out to the farmlands and pasture lands.  Machete is just that, a handy blade for cutting, chopping and breaking/bending stuff; baretta is a heavy steel rod that is about 5 feet long and with an angle or small wedge at the bottom; folks can use this to dig any type of hole in any type of soil or move any type of rock.

Large knife is life, and death in some instances.

Large knife is life, and death in some instances.

2. Utility Bills – Super simple and lower then most could ever image.  We’re talking $1 to $2 for water service and garbage collection, and $3 to $10 for ones electric bill, $20 for internet and $0 to $30 for cell phone service, depending on use..  that’s it, that’s all the monthly costs to comfortably live.

Bills, bills and taxes..

Bills, bills and taxes..

3. Quinoa and Cachanga – The night just feels right when you can sip on a hot quinoa drink and enjoy the fried bread that is cachanga.

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Just cannot eat one, though most people do eat just one at a time.

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March 9, 2014 at 10:23 am

Andrea feeding then clubbing to death trout..

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Actually the process went the other way around: we grabbed 2 1/2 kilos for ceviche then helped toss food in the ponds for feeding of the rest.

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March 8, 2014 at 8:56 am

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Warm Welcome When Coming Stateside..

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And really impressed at how thick Aimees cookies can bake up too, being at altitude for awhile we’ve gotten used to thin cookies. Tired from an overnight flight to come visit quickly, but well worth back seeing family. No real reverse culture shock at this point, just nice to not have a phone or car or stateside job to be busy with.

– E.g.

Ubicación:Bluffton Ln,Katy,Estados Unidos

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March 7, 2014 at 2:47 pm

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