FUN FACTS ABOUT LATIN AMERICA (3)

Think you know potatoes???     Chile and Peru both battle it out to be known as the birthplace of the potato.  There is, however, scientific evidence that potatoes were domesticated as early as 10,000 years ago in the High Andes of southeastern Peru and northwestern Bolivia. Check out this link to Lima Easy to […]

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Reblog: Lake Titikaka and the Uros on their floating Islands

I saw a documentary once about a group of indigenous peoples who literally built their islands, their homes, out of reeds.  The Uru or Uros are indigenous to the area of Peru and Bolivia and live on islands in the shared Lake Titicaca.  Currently, they live on approximately 120 man-made floating islands in the lake, […]

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Reblog: In Cuzco’s Historic Streets, a Search for Inca Walls

  Some travellers have a gift for telling you about their journeys and making you feels as though you’re experiencing it right along with them.  Latin America Confidential writer Janus2 is one such storyteller.  I absolutely adored reading his post on the mix of ancient and modern in Cuzco’s streets, where one can party in […]

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Reblog: Good People Doing Good Things (in Peru)

Jill, over at jilldennison.com (Filosofa’s World) hosts a segment every week where she showcases regular people who are doing good in our world.  On Wednesday, last week her “Good People Doing Good Things” segment focused on Peruvian doctor Richard Pun-Chong and the work he’s doing in Lima to alleviate the distress of families seeking medical assistance […]

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Spell May in Books

The month of May is almost over and I just realised I didn’t do a month in books post.   M- Mala Onda (Bad Vibes) by Alberto Fuguet A- Aunt Julia and the Script Writer by Mario Vargas Llosa Y- Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina     M For this ‘trip’ […]

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Author Highlight: Mario Vargas Llosa

    Jorge Mario Pedro Vargas Llosa was born on March 28, 1936, and is more commonly known as Mario Vargas Llosa.  He is a Peruvian writer, politician, journalist, essayist and college professor. Mario Vargas Llosa was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2010 “for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the […]

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Reblog: Slowing Down — A Busy Life of Leisure (A Visit to Ayacucho)

This birthday, Souvik and I decided to spend a weekend at Ayacucho, which ironically translates to “death corner” in the local Quechua language. Ayacucho is a town that has a unique and important past. It is the site of the Battle of Ayacucho, the decisive battle that brought about the end of Spanish colonial rule […] […]

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Peru: Recent Archaeological Discovery

Last month, the National Geographic and other news sites released reports and details about an archaeological discovery in northern Peru.  More than 140 children and 200 young llamas appear to have been ritually sacrificed in an event that took place some 550 years ago on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, in the shadow of what […]

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