Monthly Archives: December 2011

Photo of the Week – Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas!

Santa Claus Christmas Cupcake

I wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  I have the fortunate pleasure to be flying back home to California for Christmas (doing double duty to also take the opportunity to renew my visa!) and will leave on Saturday.  Looks like I might bump into Santa (or Papá Noel) along the way.  Although I won’t be arriving through the chimney, I will be arriving to what will probably be insane traffic and little walking space at LAX airport.  I think I would prefer the chimney.

One splendid week with my family, friends and will finally get my haircut from my “place”…I have been waiting 3 months for it because every place I go to here just doesn’t get it the way I want it.  And I will be honest, I have been missing some good Mexican food.  The only thing is that I am kind of sick, which I have been working on overcoming since Sunday.  I have been drinking liters of water everyday with the hope of flushing this bad boy out before I get on the plane – there is nothing worse than flying while you are sick.

Anyway, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone who follows this (be you silent readers, or those moved enough to comment/like) blog.  While I have only just started this maybe 2 months ago, and don’t always get a chance to update it as often as I would like, it still has been great knowing that some of the things I write about are interesting to more than just myself!  Thank you all so much and I hope none of you get a lump of coal this year; although depending on where some of you live and how cold it gets, you might actually be able to use that this year.  Maybe that lump isn’t looking so bad….  Here is to a fresh start and a renewed sense of motivation for the New Year!

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10 Things To Do For Free in Lima, Peru

Found this on Wanderlust Magazine online.  Thought it was a pretty decent smattering of free things to do in Lima.

El Malecon de Miraflores

Exactly 100 years after the rediscovery of Machu Picchu, it’s a good time to peruse Peru. And you needn’t spend a single sol exploring its colonial capital.

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Pre-Inca Mummy Found in Cuzco

Pre-Inca mummy found in Cuzco

Here is something interesting:

Archaelologists in Cuzco were performing recovery work in the Chiñisiri Archaelogical complex when they discovered a mummified body of a child in very good condition in the tombs.  It is believed that the child, maybe 5-6 years old, and about 50 inches tall, is pre-Incan, as many of the tombs found in this site pre-date the Incas.  They think that the child could be from the Wari culture, which flourished from 500-1000 A.D.

I always find it incredibly amazing that things could keep preserved for so long.  It is also pretty amazing that cultures that had no direct contact with each other, could have the same ideas and beliefs about honoring the dead.  Interesting that Ancient Egyptians and this Wari culture would both figure out and use mummification.  I guess this is more proof that no matter what culture you are from or where you live, there are just some things intrinsic to all humans.  Kind of comforting.

 

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90ºS – Celebrating 100 Years of the South Pole

100th Anniversary of South Pole

Today marks the 100th anniversary of Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen becoming the first man to reach the South Pole.  The race to become the first to do this was a heated one, between Amundsen and British explorer, Robert Falcon Scott.  And while Amundsen was famous around the world and went on to explore more of the poles and the Northwest Passage, Scott and his team met their fate in the cold blistery winds of the Antarctic.

I had no idea it had been just a short 100 years ago that this great feat had been accomplished, and I thought that it would be nice to take a moment to remember the the achievement and the high stakes that often come with exploration and trailblazing.  Two great men from a bygone era, whose memory lives on still, at the Amundsen-Scott Research Station, located at the South Pole.

Check out this site to learn more about these two accomplished explorers and their race for the South Pole.

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Photo of the Week – Salvador Dalí Inspired

Found this on Facebook a few weeks back.  I think it is just a rendering, which is too bad; this would be a cool, modern interpretation on the famous clocks by Salvador Dalí.  What do you think?  Like the post to tell me how many of you would enjoy checking the time on on this every day!

Also, if you are interested in more things Dalí, check out this post from Victor Tribunsky!

Salvador Dali clock digital

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Nazca Lines Threatened by Tourism?

Nazca Lines Peru

I love when people give reasons without providing any suggestions to rectify things.  How about instead of just telling us there is a problem, you also provide 3 recommendations to change what you see is a problem?

Nazca Lines threatened by tourism – Telegraph.

This was my comment I left on the site (signed in through the work FB.  If you are interested, feel free to check out and “like” our fan page, www.facebook.com/rischmoller):

How are private flights endangering the lines?  The article says that the WMF says the flights do not have the correct safety regs.  How is that harming the lines?  While that is a problem for tourists and should be addressed, I don’t see how this negatively affects the Lines, themselves.

And the rubbish?  That isn’t necessarily because of tourism: Has the WMF been to Peru?  We have some waste management problems and a general lack of understanding by the population about putting rubbish in bins and not the street.  If anything, tourists would probably be more conscious about doing this.  The increase in trash is probably a result of the local city and communities nearby.

The viewing platforms are sort of an issue, however, there is no other option for people to see the lines if they do not want to pay the relatively expensive ticket for a fly-over.  And there are only 1 or 2 look out towers that are stationed right along the highway.

While I can appreciate the concern the WMF has for our precious history, I would instead prefer to see their offers of solutions.  Especially to the items they referenced as problems

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Photo of the Week – Mining in Peru

Just found this photo on Facebook today and felt I needed to share it!  This is a mining city located in the Andes in central Peru.  The mine produces lead, zinc and sliver; copper used to be mined as well, but it has been depleted.  This is not a post about the reasons why or why we shouldn’t mine, or an opinion about the environment, etc.  I merely posted this because it shows the crazy things that go on in Peru sometimes.  How many countries would let its cities build that close to a mine?  This is horrible, I just hope the sides of the excavation are stable!

Mine in Peru - Andes Mountain

Andes Mountain Mining in Peru

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Breaking: Cuy is the Guest of Honor on December 18 in Lima

Guinea Pig/Cuy in Peru

Again, via Facebook at work (I am so glad that social media is part of my job description!), I discovered that the Third Cuy Festival will be happening in Lima on December 18th!  Now, when I read the title, all I read was “This coming 18th of December, Lima will have the Third Guinea Pig Festival…”; that was more than enough to get me hooked, and I clicked the link.  To my surprise (although I am not sure why I still get surprised), the link took me to a page called “Peru, passion for food”.  I was confused.  I thought this was going to be something cute, not murderous!  I should have finished reading the title, “…where more than 20 different dishes will presented using guinea pig meat.”  For those unaware, guinea pig is a common dish in Peru, primarily in the Andes.  Read my previous post if you would like to know more about it.

The article goes on to talk briefly about the reason for eating it and how long it has been used as a food sources, blah blah blah.  But at the end, it mentions that the market demand for the meat has increased beyond the traditional South American countries to also include the USA, Europe and Japan.  Really?  Japan?  They have an anime about guinea pigs…well, hamsters, but still they are related!  How could they eat Hamtaro’s cousins?!  Or ask Jack Scott, from Perking the Pansies, how he would feel eating Benny and Jet!

Hamster Anime from Japan

As I always try to remind myself: When in Rome, do as the Romans!  So, I will check out the festival and see what creative dishes they have created using cuy.  I am hoping that I will at least get a little more than I did from my first try back in February.  If you are interested, you can click here to see the site.  FYI, it is all in Spanish.

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Inca Kola – The David to Coca-Cola’s Goliath

Inca Kola Peru

Inca Kola is a soft drink (or as I call it, pop) that originated in Peru in 1935.  It was created by an English immigrant and is as ubiquitous in Peru as Coca Cola is in the United States.  Widely popular in Peru, it does not have much of a role in foreign markets, outside of the Latin American specialty shops.  The drink is yellow in color and apparently was made from 13 different flavors derived from plants and carbonating it; strangely, the drink tastes like bubble gum (so maybe bubble gum isn’t all artificial flavor after all?).  I doubt that today it is still made from plants, but it is nice to know its humble roots were organically based!

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Lima, Peru Tops Bing.com’s Most Searched Locations List

So, it used to be that Lima was the gateway city to Peru; not much going on and people couldn’t get out of it fast enough.  Okay, maybe that was the case many years back, but the city has been cleaning up its act and apparently it is working!

I wouldn’t have thought that Lima would make the number 1 searched locations of 2011, but it has every right to be up there.  A great culinary scene that is just becoming discovered by the world, great historical preservation, the beach and a booming economy that is attracting more and more foreign business and development…well, yeah it is number 1!

Summer is upon us here in Lima and as I write this, the sun is about halfway through its final rest for the day.  As I gaze out of the window of my apartment, all I can see are the para-gliders lazily floating along the coastal skyline, taking in those last rays on what was a wonderful Saturday. (Okay, so this isn’t my photo because my view is also full of tall buildings and the Canadian Embassy, but I can see the ocean and the paragliders.  And I can vouch that the sunsets really do look like this!  I just wanted to give you a better, more enjoy able view…one that I wish I had!!)  It is good to be number 1.

Paragliders in the sunset in Miraflores, Lima, Peru

Thank you to Horiwood’s Blog for posting this information!  Check out their post to see the other top locations.  I spent an incredible year living and working in Auckland…heaps of great memories made there!  Kia ora!

LIMA, PERU MAKES BING.COM’s MOST SEARCHED LOCATIONS OF 2011 LIST.

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