We can report an absolutely normal, unremarkable, routine couple of weeks. We went to the office and reluctantly left each day to come home to our hot and steamy house. The office is air-conditioned. But we are still grateful for our little portable air-conditioner that blows cool air on us. Also Lima is not as hot as some places in the Area.
We did have a giant party at our house. Actually, it was out the front of our house along the 1 km long grass median strip. It lasted three nights until midnight. The local city council (La Molina) was celebrating its 54th anniversary and sovarious local community groups participated. There were displays, music, dancing, mime statues, artists, vintage cars, dancing horses, community awards, and other “stuff”. It was not quite the Adelaide Fringe to rival the Garden of Unearthly Delights (for which we are grateful, otherwise we would not have got any sleep).
We noticed in promotional flyers two Spanish phrases we understood quite well: “Boy Scouts” and “food trucks”. It is really interesting that just like some Spanish words creep into English, some English words creep into Spanish. When we hear someone use an English word whilst talking rapidly we think “hey, wait a minute, that’s one of our words.
We particularly “enjoyed” the young man and his guitar who was so skilled he could play in one key and sing in another! Old Beatles songs never sounded quite the same…just “imagine”.
We enjoyed walking up and down on the sultry evenings and soaking (literally) in the cultural ambience. Community spirit is quite strong here and families do lots of things together. We are also including a picture of one of those interesting sights here - the local delivery of chickens (each in a plastic bag) on the back tray of a motor bike to the local street shops. Note the bright yellow legs and feet sticking out of the plastic bag, heads are also still intact. You would want to be first on the delivery trail, not the last.
We also celebrated Valentine’s Day with a Chinese banquet (Lima style), cupcakes from our local bakery, and sitting in front of our air-conditioner.