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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Things I've learned so far about Peru...

Peruvians put toilet paper in a trash can next to the toilet.
Neurocystersercosis (worms in the brain) is one of the most common neurologic conditions.
Cabs can hit you and not stop (actually this might not be so different from home).
Soup is regularly served with hunks of bone in it.
Stores close early for football(soccer).
Incan gods and traditions are just as important as the catholic ones. This is not seen as contradictory. There is no issue with the "thou shalt not worship false idols" or whatever that commandment said.
Just like at home, abortions happen all the time and no one talks about it.
Neighbors take down your laundry from the line for you because its getting dark and they are worried someone might steal your clothes.
Cheesefrites are way better then Cheetos or Nacho Cheese Doritos.
Peruvians are not tea connoisserus.
Peruvians did make an alcoholic hot tea drink that is actually pretty tasty. I appreciate this ingenuity.
You can find anything in Peru that you can in the United States for purchase except for Apple products.
Most of these products can be found in tiny individual stores that specialize in things such as "locks," "used electrical equipment," "anything plastic," or "anything that can be made for one sole."
Peruvians don't prescribe antibiotics for as many days as we do. This does not seem to have created any problems.
Two flowers on a woman's hat means she's single, one on the side means she's married, and one in the front means she's widowed. Apparently this makes hitting on women much easier.
Football(soccer) can actually be very riveting to watch. The fans contribute to this greatly.
Llamas are indeed as mean as everyone says they are. To be fair, this can also be very entertaining if you're not the one they are targeting (sorry Nansen).
Parts of the highway system that the Incans build are still in use today. Some of these roads are better than the "modern" roads.
Peruvians plants die under my care just as quickly as American plants.
There is something very cool about living in a city that is over 500 year old.

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