Hey guys, I know ware da bukkit is: Lima (Miraflores) Peru
Oh, noes! Dis guy tryin to hide it in in the bus stowaj bin!
owie, just bonked my goofee head here. Frend cownted in espanlol "uno, dos, siete" (insted ob 1,2,3,) adn cwaked me up.
The little teenytiny pitcher does not have syrup, but a very concentrated coffee (not nescafe, but good Peruana cafe molado). Pour the coffee into the cup, add the leche (steamed milk-appeared to be canned whole evap. milk)from the middle pitcher,then add the hot water from the largest pitcher to desired strength. mmmmm.
Oh, and that's very pulpy, yummy papaya "juice". The butter comes with complimentary bug (no xtra chrg, kthnx)
yup, made it to the bottom and back again without going "blargh" /dead. Perfect weather after the fog cleared
Perfect place for quiet time, even with a gazillion surfers. See side view of cliffs, below)
ALIEN JAZZ HANDZ!!!
Lima, 12 April,2008.
Clown car taxi, Ica. There are 4 adults in the back seat (i'm the one squished in the window). Tedd took the pic and after which he got in the front with Emily. Good thing the Quechuas in the back with me are small (I am taller than they are)
They (the Quechua) laughed and laughed...which is pretty amazing. They had just travelled non stop from their village for over 24 hours, using several different buses, interrupted by a four hour walk because the buses couldn't cross the mudslide areas. They came all this way-makes me take my teaching responsibility even more seriously... I start my stuff tomorrow.
These big ovens are used to cook just about the best pollo ever. How does one get a job as restaurant reviewer in Peru? Drat, I would probably have to pronounce correctly "restaurante" in espanol. They use a rotiserrie over the wood coals. (sorry George Forman, theirs is better) -
(is that Fyumi Gator?)
tenemos mucho hambre; especially the Quecha guys who had not eaten in hours.
the road into the conference compound.
Those are grape vines in the foreground.
There are vineyards all over the area for which the taxi driver offers muy economico tours.
View from same road-sand dune (mountains in background obscured by haze/dust)
View from hammock: "MaryMultitasking" at its best: preparing for class while reducing ankle swelling from travel /mucho salty food (prob. w/MSG, too) Yes, Lissa,I still have those sandals.
"Dis is very importante! Escucha!!"
Guadalupe, student in Tutor Training Workshop. She knows some of this stuff better than I do. Class participation is amazing. Yay!
Sunset at the compound where the conference is held.
Well, I don't have to worry about the ceiling fan falling on me; at my new digs at Pastor Martine's casa this is the ceiling. View from my mattress on the floor. Yes, I do need prayer. Srsly.
This is Sandra, who graciously translates for me when she is not being a chistosa.
Preparing teaching materials.
Street cleaning, Peruvian style
Earthquake damage (no, not from the little one I was in the other night). This is a few steps from Pastor Martine's home. He is hosting a Kirk o' the Hills (Tulsa) "destruction" crew which is helping to clean up the mess so construction can commence.
Rose, Ica; just a few yards from the earthquake pic)
Flower (canna?) near earthquake damage.
Earthquake damage. After cleanup.
Sandra A.(Mexico) works on correcting translation of materials.
Many hours of tedious hunt & peck typing of translations the Aguaruna women had completed last night on the conference center computer got "eated" . They were in tears. I don't blame them.
(note: it wasn't their fault; we later experimented with saving stuff on that !@#* computer, and it says it will save it, but it won't. "That's enough to make a preacher cuss", as my mother would say.)
Desayuno Menu with the familia Laos:
Tuna fish , tomatoes, fruitcake,coffee.
There was also peanut butter ("destruction crew" brought it with them) and marshmallow fluff.
Call a taxi. Haggle over the price. Take the small taxi with 6 or 7 of your closest friends. Arrive at church, at which time the taxi drives completely and unapologetically on the sidewalk. No one seemed surprised. Haggle some more over the price.
" Bienvendidos, hermana, a la iglesia El Shaddai!"
Pastor Martin & wife, Coty.
Iglesia El Shaddai,
21 April, 2008
Pedro & Cesar work on visual aids for training other literacy tutors in their Quechua communities.
Aguarunas at work;
Riquilda at the computer.This could take awhile...
This is Riquilda's father, who is going through the Tutor Training Workshop, and working on the primer team.
Cancha- a big favorite with the Quechua & Aguarunas.
Muy gigante kernals of corn, toasted and salted;eat out of hand, or throw in soup or other food.
Need. coffee. now.
(transcribing handwritten Aguaruna) note to self:I gotta figure out how to turn off that annoying spell check feature...
Heaven help you if you are walking on this road and you have to make way for a car and end up in these thorn bushes. Truly an opposite universe from Northampton, MA, where pedestrians rule.
Our lunches are cooked by a lady in town, then brought by taxi to the compound. We never quite know when they will show up. Clock wise from top: cebada (wheat drink) in mug, rice/chicken/mashedpotatospinach combo, red gelatin, water bottle.
"We've secretly replaced Mary's chicken with cui (guinea pig). Let's see if she notices the difference..."
Elisabeth Wyss (Switzerland)
is a language consultant; works with Wyclyff;speaks (fluently) elebenty gazillion languages including several Quechua dialects and the usual bland Spanish, French, German and English. She managed to get the best taxi price of anyone, including the locals: 41/2 soles. She insists that we should all get that price. I thinks she scares the taxi drivers.
Lunch at the Pastor's House
As to why he has a French name, I was told that Peruanos like to choose "nombres estrana"-strange names.
Veronica (Aguaruna) starts the common letter count on her assignment.
Busy intersection, downtown Ica. The policeman never moved from this pose after many minutes being in the eye of the storm. He's probably still there, guarding that spot.
Buenas dias! This fellow wouldn't let me take a picture until he took his hat out of his pocket, unfolded it, & put it carefully on his head. And then he thanked me profusely for taking his foto. Yes, those are sides o' beef hanging in the background.
Scissor salesman in downtown Ica.
How to Eat Local Fruit-Leccion Uno: Pacai
First, have generous amigas (Veronica y Sandra) who pick the pods & bring the fruit to the window by your desk while you are working and persuade you to come out and play.
Open the pods to reveal the fuzzy fruit.
Nibble off the edible part (about two molecules) spit out the seed: the "rock" in the above picture. (Yes, I have alien hands. My index fingers are, indeed, longer than my ring fingers.)
Repeat as needed.
How to Eat Local Fruit
Pablo deftly peels his...
...then carefully opens a hole in it to reveal something that looks like fish eggs or maybe frog spawn?! (Sorry, they went too fast for me to get one in focus.).
...and then hands it to Karina. He said he didn't really want to eat it, he just wanted to have his picture taken demonstrating the proper peeling technic after seeing how Nestor did it...
Tear open and Chomp! (Nestor's technic lacks a certain delicadeza.)
This man rides up and down the streets advertising (in an unknown tongue) his wares over the loudspeaker early in the morning. Even Sandra, who can simultranslate any combination of Eng/Span/Swedish can't figure out what the bicycle vendors are saying. Bonus points if you can figure out what's in the "pan"
Vocabulario/Vocabulary POP TEST!!!! I told you to pay attention and study. But did you listen? Noooo.
a. place to buy ferrets, a muy popular pet in Peru.
b. cafeteria to eat ferrets in a variety of Peruvian dishes.
c. hardware store where one can buy ferret food.
a. hardware store.
b. place to eat ceviche (raw fish)
c. place to buy yogurt drink in 42 assorted flavors.
a. local pronunciation for "peace corps"
b. notorious bandito who steals from the rich & gives to the pobre.
c. local fire water of which they are inordinately proud.
Send in your answers ¡ahora! Winners' names will be in following updates (if they so choose).
Prize for the most creative alternative answers.
Yup. That's my dinner from the other night. Bonus points for the POPTEST:Guess what part of the pollo that is floating in my sopa.
Karina brought this picture in of her favorite food. She almost had me convinced to try it until she talked about crunching the "little feets". Bonus points if you know the Abajun/Aguaruna name for it.
3 Wheel Mototaxi. After I walked around this taxi which was on the sidewalk, these Señoritas called out "¡Señora, Señora!" to tell me to "guárdele cámara" & demonstrated on their own pockets that I should put mine in my pocket . They giggled forever after I took the picture & showed it to them. And then I made sure they saw me put the camera in my pocket. They are probably still giggling about the strange
"Mi name es El Bandito Gato.
¡Hand over all your ceviche, gringa, or prepare to die!"
Guitarist at evangelical worship; Ica,Peru
My favorite worship service in Peru:
Quiet Sunday morning worship (totally "unplugged") at La Arrabal (conference center).
Augusto works on a "health story" about the prevention of Dengue for the Aguaruna / Abajun reading primer.
Lesson 35 in Aguaruna primer-Health lesson on Dengue (excerpt)
Iini jata ayawai. Tama ajawai dengue. Antun ajawai esakut. Dukug ajawai yugkum. Uchin ajawai nampich.
Abajun/Aguaruna Trivia- there is no "o" in the alphabet. They have all sorts of other vowel sounds,though, including some very complicated sounding dipthongs.
The local Piscoteque. (no, that's not a real word, but it should be.) The road is sometimes blocked by the dancers spilling out in the street from this place. (I wonder if they also let cats in through that opening in the door that the dog is just starting to disappear through. Even if they don't, no problema. All the cool cats are probably down at the Cevichería, anyway.)
grape leaves in autumn; Ica, Peru;
there are many vineyards in the area.
Aguaruna Primer: work in progress.
Veronica works on a "health" story in Abajun (Aguaruna) on safe water practices.
Wilson Alipio Tulumba Calampa de Iquitos celebrates a birthday. Very nice guy, laughs a lot -we worked on the lesson plans & "roughed in" lessons 8-12 pencil &paper, and we muddled through learning PageMaker. Apparently squawking, ¡¡¡ACK!!! when the page disappears does not need translation. His expression was priceless when I pulled Ctrl 0 "out of the hat" when he "disappeared" a page. Too bad it doesn't fix everything...
This is the uncle of...
...Pablo, who works long hours on the project. He is enjoying either anitfreeze or Inka Cola while he continues to work on "agriculture stories" for the Aguaruna Primer. We were googling the "internets" for pics of Aguarunas for the illustrator to get ideas when Pablo called out "¡Es tío!" I think it is the brother of his mother.
Sol, ("sun") the cook's daughter; she has been patiently teaching me Spanish. She takes this task very seriously until she starts to giggle.
Eucalyptus (?). Makes the path smell wonderful in the hot sun. (Which is a good thing when the wind shifts: pig sty is closeby. ewww.)
Amazingly fragrant flowers on the path to the lavandería
make it much easier to deal with...
...The Queen of the Lavandería.
Since we are all volunteers here, we all get assigned to dishwashing duty which is done in the laundry room. This is somewhat grudgingly loaned to us by the facility. Clotilde is a hotel employee who has to use the two huge sinks in the lavandería to wash all the laundry by hand (she has a few helpers to boss around) and it is best to stay on good terms with her. She will allow us (if we ask politel) to use one of the side-by-side sinks to wash the "tuppers" that our food comes in. But, heaven help you if she's "in a mood" and she's flinging the soapy wet towels from across the room (where she has been scrubbing them in a tub with a big, stiff brush with bleach) into the sink next to the one you are washing dishes in.
The last picture in Mary's camera before she disappeared... (or) In Peru, sandwiches have you for lunch.
"Roughing in" a lesson in Abajun / Aguaruna;
no pakai break for me until this page is done.
Wilson, the Conquistador of the Pakai. Watchout beloooooooow!
¡Feliz Día de la Madre!
For this day you should have:
(?I canna tell, is that top foto a hibiscus¿)
a special breakfast (tamale, tortilla-omelet, Peruvian olives)
Take lots of family fotos in front of the family casa with at least one person making a funny face; adopt stray Norte Americana into la familia and include her in the foto. (San Miguel, Lima, Peru. 11 May, 2008.)
and send someone to buy the necessary items (Julio y Gracia).
La Abuelita,María Victoria, 94 years old.
This is for you, Siliva. Ooops! was for you. We had delicious pollo for you, but we ate it. Disculpe.
Tiny dancer from interpretive dance/singing troupe; Tabernáculo de Dios Apostolic Church, Lima Peru.
Urban sprawl, San Miguel, Lima, Peru.
Drat, just missed filming for Agentinian movie.
View of Lima from Barranco on a wonderful last day in Peru...
...thanks to Señor Herrera
Sandra, Leonora, & Meri at wrap party for primer. Well, not totally "mission accomplished"; now it goes for a gazillion proof readings and "tweakings" but we were able to take away with us hard copies made of the pdfs, which has never been done before in a primer construction in this short of time frame.
All good things must end.