Category Archives: Culture

sharing bread with love and joy

Last Friday morning, Sam and Nate left after almost two wonderful weeks of visiting us here in Cuzco.  In addition to wanting to see Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley and Cuzco, Sam and Nate wanted to use some of their … Continue reading

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Chocolatada

A tradition in Cuzco (and maybe all of Peru?) is to host chocolatadas around Christmas time.  A chocolatada is basically an opportunity to hand out hot chocolate and other goodies to locals, spreading the Christmas cheer. Kenzo and I had … Continue reading

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Nacimientos ~ Nativity Scenes

I kind of mentioned what a big deal Nacimientos, or Nativity Scenes, are here in Cuzco – but I thought that it’d be fun for you to actually see.  About a week before Christmas sellers starting setting up camp in … Continue reading

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A Stand Against Violence: A Client’s Story

Working as a family therapist for Fundacion Cristo Vive, a site that attends to families where violence is present – I have seen several cases of domestic abuse over the past four months.  Last month, I had the opportunity to … Continue reading

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Sharing Cases . . . Janie

Most people know, but just in case you don’t, I thought that I would tell you a little about what I am volunteering in here to make future posts make more sense.  I am about two-thirds of the way through … Continue reading

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Traditional Peruvian Textiles

When traveling around Peru, you can find all kinds of beautifully, hand-crafted goods to bring home as memories.  When we visited the market in Chinchero, we had the opportunity to see this group of ladies who make traditional Peruvian textiles … Continue reading

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Peruvian Health System

The health system in Peru has two sectors, one public and one private.  Within the public sector, there are two types of national insurance.  The first, called Seguro Integral de Salud (SIS) is mandated by the Peruvian Ministry of Health … Continue reading

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3 Nuevos Soles

The currency here in Peru is the sole.  The exchange rate from U.S. dollars to Peruvian soles is roughly $1.00 = s/ 2.60.  With that said, 3 soles here in Peru, is roughly about a dollar.  To give you an … Continue reading

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Guinea Pig for Lunch

One day, after visiting the Pikillaqta Ruins (post to come later this week), Kenzo and I, along with the Fernandez Baca family, headed to Tipon, which is supposedly the place to eat cuy. So, how was it?  Actually – it … Continue reading

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Cuy a.k.a. Guinea Pig – WARNING, kind of gross

WARNING TO ANIMAL LOVERS – you might not want to read the rest of this post. As I mentioned in Post 20, Cuy is the delicacy of Peru.  From being served in really nice restaurants, to being found fried on … Continue reading

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