construction hazards 2014.04.16

i’ve mentioned our flat is under construction, but as a public service announcement i should also mention you should give our building wide birth as you never know when something is going to be tossed from the roof.

worse yet, the workers don’t seem to care if anyone is out there as the stuff keeps coming even when people are below.

la procesión del señor de los temblores 2014.04.15

last night we, and half of cusco, went in to town for la procesión del señor de los temblores

picol climb 2014.04.14

after a number of events kept us from making the trip, this sunday i was finally able to make the climb up picol.

anatomy of one peruvian sidewalk 2014.04.11

the benefit of living outside an upscale, gated community in peru, is beautiful, new sidewalks.

the foundation

half way there

the finished product

everything is repeated 2014.04.09

i shared “when the music’s over” by the doors with my kids over the weekend and they mocked the song for being repetitive and having only only lyric -

when the music’s over, turn out the light

this hurts coming from the kids who can’t get enough of “everything is awesome” from the lego movie.

tomb raider 2014.04.08

better think twice before inviting logan to your funeral

the daily menu 2014.04.07

the daily menu from 2014.03.24, soup and entree.

since the kids were off school and natalie couldn’t get to work because of the strike we had a family date here for lunch.

best health care system in the world 2014.04.04

when natalie went get labwork done for me, she didn’t have an appointment or even much of a wait and the total bill was 15 soles, roughly $5.33 u.s.

the antibiotics i needed, 6 soles, roughly $2.13 u.s.

wonder how much health care $7.46 would have gotten me back home…

bacteria and parasites 2014.04.03

yesterday i had planned to post some pictures of daily menu lunches i mentioned earlier.

but yesterday i was shaking uncontrollably and making far too many trips to the bathroom to think about food.

my loving wife took a sample to the local clinic that is accustomed to checking people for bacteria and parasites which are common here and i’m teaming with bacteria.

i had expected to get sick a few times while we were here, but i wasn’t expecting it to be so violent.

office mates 2014.04.01

i decided i should photo journal the features of peru i detailed yesterday.

we’ll start with the construction on our building that i’m enjoying so much. this is me and the construction crew at the office yesterday.

office co-workers

a month of cusco, peru 2014.03.31

we’ve been in cusco, peru for more than a month now and here is a brief summary:

the good

  • 4,000+ meter mountains in every direction (picol, 14,449 feet)
  • wonderful walks to the kid’s school through farm lands
  • great people
  • daily menu (a three course, home cooked meal served hot at lunch time and available on nearly every other block for only 5 – 8 soles ($1.50 – $3.00 us, makes fast food seem even more stupid)
  • panaderias with fresh, hot bread as frequent as the daily menu cafes
  • local, family owned corner groceries as frequent as the panaderias and daily menu cafes
  • tons of sunshine
  • no car
  • milk, yogurt and orange juice with expiration dates ridiculously in the future
  • inexpensive, fresh fruit and vegetables of all kinds

the bad

  • no hot water, in the kitchen, for the wash, in the shower
  • no potable water from the tap
  • no paper can be put in toilets
  • no heat
  • no car
  • no supermarket with aisles and aisles of stuff i couldn’t event think of using
  • everything is under construction (in particular the building we live in)

the ugly

  • dogs on the loose everywhere (many who aren’t altogether friendly)
  • trash is left on the street (within range of the loose dogs) twice a week for pickup
  • few, if any emission laws on vehicles
strike 2014.03.26

the one day commercial vehicle strike in peru.

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