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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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Happy Thanksgiving from Peru!

A guinea pig who is thankful for not being a turkey!

Just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.  Unfortunately I will be missing out on the feast this year, but has not stopped me from eyeballing all the photos on Facebook from friends back home who are preparing for the army of family about to converge on a cornucopia of food.  I found this image and thought it was fitting to give a big salutation from Peru.  It is a guinea pig in a pilgrim hat, and it is significant from Peru because guinea pigs are a delicacy here…so I like to think of it as s/he is thankful for having today off while every gobbles down the turkey.  It is kind of like those Chic-fil-A ads where the cow is walking around saying “eat more chikn”!

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A bird made entirely of bread

Thanksgiving for Vegetarians

Thanksgiving is one thing I always miss when I am abroad.  I have tried to recreate it many times, but it just isn’t the same.  And it doesn’t help when I am the only one really excited about it.  People just don’t seem to get it…which I don’t understand.  It is a a FEAST of delicious food.  This year in Peru, unfortunately, I don’t think I am going to put the effort into making a mini Thanksgiving.  I just don’t have the time.

But while I was looking around online for work, I came across this!  How funny/creative/delicous!  I wouldn’t mind trying that green chili dough, either!  This is just another reason why I love New Mexico!

Happy early Thanksgiving to all!  I think i will be going to the store tonight to stock up on bread and turkey slices.  That is pretty similar to this, right? 🙂

BBC – Travel – A bird made entirely of bread : Food & Drink.

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Photo of the Week

Apparently the Asian theme continues, as I just found these photos my friend took while she was visiting Peru. Obviously the proprietors have no idea how this sounds/looks in English…and they shouldn’t worry about it, they are in Peru, not an English speaking country. Nevertheless, it makes you chuckle a bit!

This first one my friend says: “I like to think of this as Chinese Food: Dang!”

This second one, well, all I have to say is that chickens can be a nuisance sometimes!

Chinese Restaurant in Peru

As my friend says, "I like to think of this as "Chinese Food: DANG!"

Chinese Food in Peru

Well, I mean, chickens CAN be bothersome sometimes...

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Caral, a city as old as Mesopotamia!

While there are plenty of things to do in Lima to keep you busy, if you fancy a trip outside of the city, there are numerous places you can visit. Lima is a great place to make your home base, as it is close to the popular weekend beach getaways in the North and South, the Central sierra mountains and numerous smaller cities with lots of ruins and not a lot of crowds. Nothing against Machu Picchu, as it truly is something everyone should see, but it is great to have options closer to home that are not as packed with tourists and that you can afford to visit many times. Plus, these sites are only a few hours by bus from Lima, making them easy day or weekend trips.

Ancient Pyramids of Caral, Peru

Aerial view of pyramids in Caral

One city that is only 3 short hours north from Lima is Caral. Located in this city is the Conjunto Arqueologico Central de Caral, which is one of the best known sites in the area. This city is home to what scholars believe to be the oldest civilization in the Americas. The ruins date back over 5,000 years, which means there were cities and life in Peru around the same time as Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt. Over the years, other sites have been found in Peru that have been traced back to around the same time as Caral, but none can compare to the immense size and complexity of Caral: nearly 160 acres of pyramids, sunken plazas and residential structures. It has been suggested that the city also influenced the development of other pre-Inca and Incan urban designs.

Amphitheater and City View, Caral, Peru

View of the amphitheater and city

Getting there is easy: You can rent a car or go by bus.  Going by car is good if you plan to stop along the way for side trips, but if your main destination is Caral, the bus is the easiest and most comfortable option. Most bus companies have daily departures to Caral; the trip can be done in one full day, but if you want to spend the night and explore the surroundings more, there are many affordable hotels around. The parts of the city visitors are able to walk around are primarily focused around two sunken round plazas and various pyramids and residences. The site does not allow you to be in the park alone, therefore you will be required to have a guide accompany you. A local archaeological team is available and will give you tours of the ruins or you can sign up ahead of time in Lima at one of the many tour agencies. This site is something worth seeing and does not get as much international attention as Machu Picchu.

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Peruvian Food

This is part of an article I wrote for the company I work for in Lima.  I write articles and snippets geared towards people who are looking to move abroad and are thinking about Peru.

“Perhaps one of the biggest fear for people when moving away from their home country is the fear of what new foods they will be eating, and whether or not they will be able to eat as they did at home.  In Peru, this should not be a concern, as the country is regarded worldwide as being a gastronomic feast for the palette. 

There is a wide range of choices to choose from ranging from mild to wild! Traditional dishes such as ceviche, papas rellenas (stuffed potatoes filled with meat) and pollo a la brasa (rotisserie chicken) can be had anywhere.  If you are a bit more adventurous, you can try a local delicacy, cuy (guinea pig).  Food varies according to the region, but just about everything can be had in cosmopolitan Lima.   

If you are feeling a bit homesick, you can always find plenty of choices from the USA and international cuisines such as, Chinese, Indian, Mediterranean, Japanese, Italian, etc.   And of course, there is Starbucks and even Pinkberry.”

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