Amy in Peru: An Odyssey

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Lists II

5 Things I continue to wonder over about Huancavelica generally

1. The garbage truck comes by on Thursdays, but instead of gruff garbage men, screeching brakes and rumbling engines, we are asked for our garbage with little childrenĀ“s songs.... seriously, the garbage truck plays a bunch of little songs like "Happy Birthday" and "Frere Jacques"---- what a contrast! I love it!

2. As there is n election coming up, tons of houses and buildings are covered in political paintings. I thought that whoever lived in whatever house felt passionately about the party smeared all over their walls. However, it turns out that political parties can paint on whatever house they like, and there is nothing the owners can do (but paint over it, if they want).

3. With my sad sea-level lungs, i struggle to make it up 5 stairs without panting. However, there is a guy in town who is CONSTANTLY running-- training for a marathon i imagine. But i am amazed. We see him in town, in the country, everywhere, running. Stunning. I want to sit him down and find out how long he has been doing this, and if he ever wins the marathons he must inevitably enter.

4. People will readily say yes to anything you ask, but it is a rare case when they actually mean it. I continue to work on deciphering this code of "yes actually means not really, sorry"

5. I don't love coffee, but i have yet to find anywhere where I can get a cup. Instead, you order a glass of hot water or milk, and add in a liquid (found on many a table in cafe-type places) that is apparently a coffee extract, but looks like soya sauce.


  • The garbage thing is awesome. We should try to start that here in North America. :D

    By Blogger Lesley, at 5:26 PM  

  • Hey Chicky -
    This is Awesome! I have to check in more regularly! Hope the tummy is better and that the altitude is getting easier!

    By Anonymous Lee, at 10:40 AM  

  • I think the garbage trucks should play "I love Trash" by Oscar the Grouch

    and incidently I found the lyrics ,,

    Oh, I love trash!
    Anything dirty or dingy or dusty
    Anything ragged or rotten or rusty
    Yes, I love trash

    / F G C Am / / / F G C - /

    I have here a sneaker that's tattered and worn
    It's all full of holes and the laces are torn
    A gift from my mother the day I was born
    I love it because it's trash


    I have here some newspaper thirteen months old
    I wrapped fish inside it, it's smelly and cold
    But I wouldn't trade it for a big pot o' gold
    I love it because it's trash


    I've a clock that won't work and an old telephone
    A broken umbrella, a rusty trombone
    And I am delighted to call them my own
    I love them because they're trash

    ...Yes, I love, I love, I love trash

    By Blogger reahpeah, at 6:54 AM  

  • Hey Amy!
    Just realized it's your birthday! (in three days!) Figured just in case you didn't get my other message I'd leave you one here too! :-)

    By Anonymous Lee, at 2:19 PM  

  • So that was meant as a happy birthday!!!

    By Anonymous Lee, at 2:19 PM  

  • Maybe the garbage truck can play a special little diddy for Amy's birthday!! YAY!

    By Blogger Keri, at 6:23 PM  





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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:00 AM  

  • Re: garbage thing - It's like this comes as no surprise to my cats - says I as they sing their little "meow" song which tells me that they want their little changed, pretty please ;)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:57 AM  

  • Happy Birthday sunshine!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:57 AM  

  • Happy Birthday Amy daaahhh-ling!


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:19 AM  

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