Takeout Chifa

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For my Aunt Winnie who has a difficult time figuring out what the food pictures are:

‘Pollo verdura’ - Chicken, fried rice, broccoli, lettuce, peas, and red peppers. Yum. 

Juice

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This is what my juice came in today at the Menu. Peruvians are an innovative people. Wether it’s serving juice in a measuring cup, or taping a car battery to a bicycle in order to use an electric megaphone, they’ll figure out a way. 

Currently in the process of figuring out plans for New Year’s. The big question is, do I leave for Camaná today and not worry about getting a hotel, or wait until monday, risk the chance, and end up sleeping on the beach. We’ll see how it plays out. 

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Take it easy...

A 10 year old beat me in chess today to which he followed my “Good job” with, “You play chess like my blind grandma”. These Peruvian kids are harsh. 

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Christmas

Last night got wild at midnight. Fireworks, people yelling, Roman candle wars with the neighbor kids, all in all, it’s been a great Peruvian Christmas so far.

Fireworks

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Fireworks for Christmas? Peru, you’re alright by me. Since I bought so many (I’m making up for the 4th of July) the guy threw in a pack of 25 sparklers. It’s like he was speaking to my soul. 

Christmas is generally a time to be spent with family, but since I’m out of the country, I’ve had to make other arrangements. I’ll be spending today and tomorrow with the family of the lady who cuts my hair. It sounds weird, but I tutor her kids and she’s been cutting my hair for almost a year now. She’s legit.

Plan for the day: Find a place that sells pie.

Realization of the day: I don’t think it’s going to happen. 

Rudolph

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I’m surprised they stuck with Rudolph instead of the traditional llama. 

Boise vs. UW

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Although this blog is primarily dedicated to Peru and my travels, I can’t help but give a shout-out today to Boise State. To all my haters back in WA, I hope your blind faith in UW leads you to lose copious amounts of money, thus bringing shame upon you and your family. 

It was only 1 year ago that I saw Boise State ‘Sacó la mierda’ of ASU from the bleachers and although not the same, I’ll be quite satisfied if I can find a live stream this afternoon. 

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English Comic

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First, this is not my class. Second, there are mistakes, it was written by a Peruvian learning English, what do you expect? Hilarity of course,

One day Katty was walking on the park, then she saw Carlos, but he was sad.

She invited him a icecream and they started to talk about yours btes. So she discovered that Carlos was sad because his mom traveled to U.S.A.

She tried help him, but he was very sad, so she invited him to amusement park and they played all the afternoon. 

Then they return to home of Katty and on the street a car crash them and they died. 

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Christmas Crafts

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Apparently mi madre thinks I am an 8 year old because she sent me a ‘Build it yourself foam Christmas house’. Turns out she was quite right. My students thought it to be quite amusing when I couldn’t figure out what part went where and started yelling, “What kind of build it yourself model doesn’t come with any freaking instructions?!” I’m glad I can provide at least some entertainment. 

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White Elephant

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White Elephant: Exito! Somehow I ended up with 2 pencil holder type things, but it was certainly better than the pink stuffed bunny that was being passed around. Until finally, a guy bit the bullet, accepted the bunny and said, “I’m either going to burn it, or give it to my girlfriend, I haven’t decided yet.” Life is all about those tough choices. 

Dec 22nd: Boise State > UW

Despite the copious amounts of empanadas and salteñas I eat, boxing has me at 85 Kilos with 11% body fat. Headed to class right now for my first of 3 white elephant gift exchange parties. I’m hoping for something good. 

Chile

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Welcome to Chile: It’s hot and dry. We’re sure you’re going to love it. 

On the way to Chile

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The drive to Chile isn’t too scenic, as seen above. 

Bus

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12 hours on a bus and 2 in a taxi makes for quite an uneventful Sunday. Although getting a new 4 month Visa was worth it. Had a fight with the lady at the border because without thinking, I told her I worked in Peru, thus leading to the inevitable discussion of, “Well then why do you have a travel visa?” Going through the Peru/Chile border is like spending time at an American DMV. Hell on earth. 

Nice to see a Christmas tree on the Peruvian side at least. 

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Come on Google

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I just don’t know anymore. 

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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3rd times a charm...

Bought my bus tickets for Chile today and because I’m not a fan of Chile, I’m shooting for a round trip visit on Sunday. 12 hours in a bus, 2 hours in a taxi, and a little extra, because after all, it’s South America. This will be my 3rd and final border run and I couldn’t be happier. 

Mini Bananas

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Here are some tiny little bananas. About the size of pickle. 

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Free Food

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So I get a knock on the door and my landlady’s kid is holding this plate, offering it up to me like I’m some kind of Incan god. I ask him what it is and he responds, “It’s for eating.” Well thanks Sherlock. Although a bit acidic, it was delicious nonetheless. I think it’s called ‘Soltero de Queso’ or something. 

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Gym Decorations

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The 70 year old owner at the gym almost died trying to get these decorations up around the place. He was carefully balancing on a ladder while cursing loudly in Spanish because the tape wouldn’t hold, all of which was much to my amusement. For some reason, I can’t help but think that these decorations seem highly inappropriate located next to half naked men. 

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