Peru – Fun Facts

This morning I took a bus from Puno, Peru to Copacabana, Bolivia. During the 3-hour trip, I reflected on all things interesting, strange, and noteworthy from my first month in South America. Here I present a collection of random thoughts (and no, none of them have anything to do with llamas):

There are dogs everywhere. I mean everywhere. And for some reason none of them look alike.

Bathrooms on the Inca Trail are porcelain holes in the ground that emit an odor that you wouldn’t wish on anyone.

Everyone drives a taxi. Or, at least, they think they do because random unmarked cars will ask if you need a taxi. Hmmm… absolutely not.

The mannequins are seriously frightening. Can’t believe I didn’t get a pic.

90% of the time you have to pay to use the bathroom and toilet paper is not provided. If you do have TP, don’t you dare put it in the toilet!

Boys play soccer (futbol), girls play volleyball. What’s a baseball?

Taking a 22 hour bus from Lima to Cusco is a bad idea. Look up altitude sickness and then add a winding road. No bueno.

A beer sometimes costs more than a night in a hostel.

Forget political lawn signs. Why be conservative when you can paint the entire exterior of your house in honor of your top candidate? And don’t forget about that cement wall around your community. That’s fair game as well.

Inca Cola rules along with any beverage with pisco and copious amounts of sugar.

A dog in the street is invisible. A dog with a leash is adorable and all must stare and make kissy noises. Isn’t that right, Sinco?

1 comment

    • Janis Gerlinger on October 15, 2011 at 2:27 pm
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    Seriously can’t believe you have never come across bombardier toilets in all your foreign travels. At least the ones in Peru don’t flood your feet when you flush like some in Europe do. Although some camping/backpacking ones, a bush and a hole in the ground, and TP if you were lucky, weren’t much better.
    You should have seen the turquoise and black house that used to be close to our neighborhood.
    Have you seen what a glass of wine costs in some restaurants these days?
    Don’t know if not putting the TP in the loo is worse than putting too much. It’s a contest sometimes at my schools for the kids to see how much they actually can fit in there.
    Some dogs here are better dressed than some people and wear more bling than I ever have.

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