Ancient Popcorn Discovered in Peru

Ancient popcorn discovered in Peru

Reblogging this from Peru this Week.  Popcorn, really?!  Too bad they didn’t know about carmel corn or cheese flavored corn (Universal City Walk comes to mind…mmmm)!  Is it lunch time, yet??  🙂

People living along the coast of Peru were eating popcorn 1,000 years earlier than previously reported and before ceramic pottery was used there, according to a paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

Some of the oldest known corncobs, husks, stalks and tassels (male flowers), dating from 6,700 to 3,000 years ago were found at Paredones and Huaca Prieta, two mound sites on Peru’s arid northern coast.

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$12k Scholarship to Live/Volunteer in South America

 

Scholarships live abroad volunteer

Anyone looking for a way to help fund their trip/study/volunteer experience in South America?  Livfund is offering $12,000 in scholarships ($500 increments) in 2012 for volunteers in South America. You can find out more about the organization and the scholarship on their website:

http://www.livfund.org/scholarship/what-is-the-livfund-scholarship/

I wish I could do this, but I suspect the fact that I have a job here would discount it.  But from reading the rules, it doesn’t sound like there are too many restrictions and you don’t necessarily have to be “young” to qualify.  So there might be hope for most you :p

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Photo of the Week: Pick Yourself Up

Saw this today on Facebook.  Loved it and had to share it with you all.

Sometimes you have to pick yourself up and keep going…

Inspiration Poster Pick Yourself Up

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10th Annual National Mime Festival in Lima, Peru

Mime festival in Lima, PeruThey have been doing this for 1o years?!  I didn’t know these guys were that popular.  Does France know about this?  Maybe they are a silent investor? 🙂  Apparently there will be workshops and a few plays/performances.  They say all in Spanish, but they are mimes – how much “talking” will they be doing?  Is miming in Spanish any different than in English or French?

You will only find this in Lima…I don’t see people in Cusco or Iquitos really being into this.  Peru – never at a loss for surprising finds!

Why have I never seen this on the streets before?  Oh, right…probably because I live in Miraflores, which is “too good” for this sort of theater.  Or should I say “theatre”?  Must…get…there…but…trapped…in…a…box…HELP!

 

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I am a Featured Blog on WordPress!

Featured Blog on WordPress

Okay, so it is under a very specific topic search term for “living in peru”, but I’ll take every little victory as fellow blogger Stopping the Wind will attest to I am sure!   Check it out…and if it is no longer there, then you will just have to take my word on it!  Actually quite a few of my posts show up there…guess there are less people blogging about living in Peru than I thought?  Oh well, small victories, right

Just go to search to topics, and type in the box living in peru, and I should pop up to the top.  That must by why my site traffic went to an all time of 63 people yesterday.  Take that December 3, 2011!  Next goal, triple digits.

(Update: As was pointed out by fellow blogger Harnew in the comments, I guess I found my niche?! )

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Peru Vacations: 5 Things to Do in Cuzco for Free

Plaza and Cathedral in Cuzco, Peru

Found this great article on more FREE stuff to see in Peru – this time in Cuzco (or Cusco, for those that want to be more “correct”).  Pretty interesting stuff, especially the 12 sided rock!  When I was in Cuzco, I had a whirlwind tour and didn’t really have time to see any of these other things outside of the main Plaza de Armas.  I can definitely see myself going back for some free stuff, that is for sure!  And I am always amazed at Incan architecture and what they were able to build with no machines.

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Photo of the Week – The Love of a Parent

Child pees on father

 

I saw this online the other day.  Amusing and kind of gross to think about, but also very telling of the true distance and things that parents do/don’t think about when it comes to their children.  I can’t say that I would love to be in this situation, but anytime bodily functions are involved, it takes true love/caring/understanding to get past the “icky” part of it.

Even though there are no pictures that I can recall, I know there were probably some bathroom incidents and a few vomit ones in my past; thank you Mom and Dad for powering through it and making me feel better!

 

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Wine Bottles to Promote Reading? Bravo Santa Margherita Wine!

Santa Marherita Wine Short Story

I don’t really need another reason to buy a bottle of wine, but I would be remiss to pass up a “scholarly” opportunity!  I can’t wait to hear teenagers try to work this into why they were drinking over the weekend while their parents were gone: “Mom.  Dad.  I was reading this short story on the back of this bottle, and then I remembered from English class that many of the great writers of all time wrote some of their best works while drinking.  I was just wanted to do a good job on my term paper!”  Click the link below to get the full story.

Happy Friday!

Short stories attached to the back of wine bottles to promote reading.

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Machu Picchu – Featured Backdrop for Bollywood Movie Kilimanjaro

Aishwarya Rai Indian Actress Bollywood Movie

I came across this on YouTube today.  Thought it was interesting.  Does anyone else here enjoy Bollywood movies as much as I do?  I discovered the Indian version of Hollywood a number of years ago while in High School.  The movies were extremely cheesy and all incorporated dance/music scenes throughout…which made it incredibly entertaining and easy to forget about not always catching everything in the subtitles.

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Fresh and Recharged for 2012 – Things To See In Peru

Miss Me Card

Hello everyone!  Happy belated New Year!  I hope that you all had a wonderful time ringing in the new year and getting that list of resolutions ready to go in the trash by February – I know I did.  As some of you may recall, I went home for 9 days to visit my family and enjoy some quality time behind the wheel of my car.  Oh how I missed that!  Since Christmas, I have been a little M.I.A on here, but now I am back – fresh and recharged!  It is amazing what a little down time from work can do for you!

To start 2012 I thought I would post this pretty cool 3 minute video highlighting all the things there is to do and see in Peru.  I would really like to see the USA do something similar.  It seems that at home, each state is in charge of promoting themselves; how about something promoting the country, as opposed to individual states?  Peru and Brazil are really good about country promotion and have some great ad spots.

Hope you enjoy and feel more inspired to come for a visit!

Perú país de experiencias (3 min) – YouTube.

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