Monday, October 20, 2014


Illa Wasi

This is a rather beautifully developed property,but all that has lived there, has had bad experiences for one reason or another.  One person lived their for a couple of years before the other houses were built and she says that she had bad luck the entire time she was there and that the owner was just not an honest man. He was one that said what was necessary to get what he wanted.  Unfortunately that is the norm in this area.

Everyone wants to take advantage of the Gringo.  

Then there was this couple. The woman was an artist but suffered from terrible depression.  Her situation seemed to be worst since she moved to this property, to the point where she didn't trust herself.  She did however trust a young New Yorker like I did. I later discovered this New  Yorker  would not know the truth if it slapped her in the face. This became more and more evident the longer I was there.  She drew people in like a magnet, and the men were defenseless.  Personally I think she was a witch.  A month after she returned to the property, after being gone for about four months,the owner of the property got sick suddenly and died. He was also very taken by this young New Yorker.  

 I understand she is now looking for another property to Haunt.

The Egg

Yes these are eggs that are just stacked up in a room to be sold.  These are from free range chickens because the egg yolks are a beautiful deep orange color. I understand that chickens that are free to range are healthier than those that are feed only corn, which gives the yoke that light yellow color. This is the color that I believed egg yolks to be because when I purchase from the grocery store that is the color of the egg yolk.  Now I know so much more.  

The eggs that are stacked here are not pasteurized eggs, that is probably why they are able to be stored this way.These eggs can be stored this way for a few months without chances of contamination.  Once you wash the outside of the egg, it breaks a membrane that is protecting the egg from contamination.
Salmonella contamination doesn't come from how the eggs are stored, it comes from first from the way the laying hens are cared for, and we all know how many of these animals are cared for in the USA.

A health issue associated with eggs is contamination by pathogenic bacteria, such as Salmonella enteritidis. Contamination of eggs exiting a female bird via the cloaca may also occur with other members of theSalmonella genus, so care must be taken to prevent the egg shell from becoming contaminated with fecal matter. In commercial practice in the US, eggs are quickly washed with a sanitizing solution within minutes of being laid. The risk of infection from raw or undercooked eggs is dependent in part upon the sanitary conditions under which the hens are kept.

Health experts advise people to refrigerate washed eggs, use them within two weeks, cook them thoroughly, and never consume raw eggs.[38] As with meat, containers and surfaces that have been used to process raw eggs should not come in contact with ready-to-eat food.

A study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2002 (Risk Analysis April 2002 22(2):203-18) suggests the problem is not as prevalent as once thought. It showed that of the 69 billion eggs produced annually, only 2.3 million are contaminated with Salmonella—equivalent to just one in every 30,000 eggs—thus showing Salmonella infection is quite rarely induced by eggs. However, this has not been the case in other countries, where Salmonella enteritidis and Salmonella typhimurium infections due to egg consumptions are major concerns.[56][57][58] Egg shells act as hermetic seals that guard against bacteria entering, but this seal can be broken through improper handling or if laid by unhealthy chickens. Most forms of contamination enter through such weaknesses in the shell. In the UK, the British Egg Industry Council award the lions stamp to eggs that, among other things, come from hens that have been vaccinated against Salmonella.[

Now that I understand this, I understand why these eggs are stored the way they are here, and why they were stored in a similar way, on the kitchen counter, in the country when I was growing up.  In the country they raised their own hens and gathered their own eggs everyday.

The Baratillo

El Baratillo

If you are looking for a place where you will find many locals and those looking for a bargain, El Baratillo is the place.

This is the equivalent of the North American Flea Markets.  It is huge and happens every Saturday in Cuzco, Peru, in the Santiago barrio.  As you look down the path of all of the blue tents, there are many side streets that takes on the same look to add to this rather large meeting place.  Here you will find anything from used clothes, toys, books, tools, antiques, handmade items, and many food vendors. This is an easy walk from San Pedro Market.

Also in this area, there are many narrow streets of stores selling used clothes, sewing and knitting machines, furniture, and much much more.  Yes I was addicted for sure, especially when I was able to find jeans and pj's for my granddaughter for little of nothing.
Be careful when I are navigating through all of these stalls, as there are many who will snatch your bag and pick your pockets. So you will see many people hugging their backpacks in the front instead of on their backs.  So do not put your money or passports in your packs, have that on your person with some in your pocket for easy access.  Use your backpack for the things you purchase.  Enjoy this open market and most of all enjoy all of the typical foods.

Friday, October 3, 2014

It's Already A Year

On their way to Peru

It is hard to believe that it has already been a year since I landed in Peru.   My daughter and granddaughter joined me only a couple of months later. It has been great to share this experience with them and to see my granddaughter learn two languages at once.

The room I had ready for her when she arrived.
Here room was the only room in the house finished. Our bedrooms only had beds, and there was no living room or dinning room furniture when they arrived.  
Gia's room was complete. 

She loved it too.

Hanging around the plaza in December

A month later, Whitney started teaching at ICPNAC.  Everything is closed here the last two weeks in December. 

Then I started teaching at Austral University as well as ICPNAC.

 Gia started daycare in Cuzco, Peru. She had been going to daycare in Savannah, but now she will be with children that only speak Spanish and she will have to learn the language.

She is off to get in her car, but she didn't know that she would be walking.
It is time to go.
 Now that was a task, because she wanted to be carried.  The school was only a block around the corner.  After weeks of fighting, she got use to it.  

She would also fight you to carry her  backpack.  What a big girl.
Gotta get my car.

Whitney's adjustment to the food came much quicker than her adjustment to the altitude.  You are usually sick the first week and wanting to sleep all of the time. That is usually because you are having terrible headaches and feel really tired.  After a week she was back to normal.

 This is what I would usually have in San Pedro with Yolanda; fried fish, salad with lettuce tomatos and red onion, rice and lentils with manzanilla tea.  The price S./ 3.50 or $1.25.

Once I took Whitney here, she came back often.
Yolanda from San Pedro Market
Whitney is a foodie and will easily try the street food.  So even though I was here first, I depended on her to tell me which street food to eat.  I had never gotten sick off of the street food or the food in San Perdro, but I did get sick from one of the fancy restaurants around Plaza de Armas.

some street food

My girls have not only adjusted but thrived in this new country.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Moving Abroad

This chick is ready to go.
Moving out of the USA was something that I have always wanted to do.  At first I didn't know anyone personally that had done this other than military people. I wanted to do it for the experience of living somewhere that was very different from what I was use to.  As the years passed by I started to meet people who had lived abroad and returned to the US. Most of them were people in their 20s and they backpacked around Europe which was the norm.  Yes they were gone for a couple of years, but they were much younger than me and they were backpacking, which was no longer of interest to me.

I started to find more and more blogs out there where others were in their 50s and living abroad, but none of them were single women.  Regardless, I started to communicate with a few of those that were in my age group.  They of course gave good advice, but I didn't totally trust this because I didn't know these people and I didn't think that they would give me the truth about the good and the bad.  By not knowing them personally I was reluctant to ask them really personal questions, especially when it came to money. I just decided to take the chance, because if all else failed, I could always return to the USA and get back to work.

When the opportunity presented itself,  after much research and planning, I decided to go for 6 months to South America. I was always partial to the Spanish culture and wanted to learn more about it..
After recovering from several surgeries, spending a year in Savannah with my daughter and my new granddaughter, house-sitting for a  month (3 wks) in Berkeley, California, and taking a week to drive through parts of Northern California, I decided Peru was where I would start.  The plan was to stay for 6 months and move on to somewhere else.  Many ask why did I choose Peru?  Now I know that I didn't choose Peru, Peru chose me.

Gia turns 1.

Avenue of the Giants in Humbodlt County, California
 The hardest part was leaving this little one.  I had to realize that I had to step back and let my daughter be a mother, and trust that I had taught her well.

Then off I went.

First to Berkeley, California, then driving to Northern California to see the beautiful Redwood Forrest.
Mount Shasta, part of the Cascade Range in Siskiyou County,California

It is time!

Andes Mountains on the way to Urubamba Valley
I am on my way to this beautiful land, with an apartment waiting for me in Cuzco, Peru. Cuzco is the home to the famous Inca Empire in the Andes Mountains.  Something we all read about in grade school,