Across the Andes by Frog Pt 2
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August 12th, 2007 – by: markjam
Hola de Peru
Just a quick update. Started work at the archaeological site, it´s pretty hard yakka (and the concept of morning teas and smoko`s seems not to have reached Peru). Doesn´t look like I`m going to find any fabulous treasures, but I`m sure you`ll be happy to know that if you chuck out some peanuts, or bits of pottery or old fish bones that someone will be able to dig them up in 1500 years time. Still though it´s kind of interesting, but I´m sure 4 weeks of it will be more than enough.
Getting to see a bit of stuff around town now as well. Was in the main town square on the weekend when some massive parade started up. No idea what is was for, but it had dozens of groups "marching", each consisted of a brass band, a group of women dancers generally in traditional dress, and a bunch of blokes sporting a bizarre array of costumes ranging from pimptastic zoot suits to pseudo-Samurai outfits to monkey costumes.The bands would fire up with a sort of bouncy little tune and the dancers would do a sort of shuffling dance step with the odd spin thrown in. Got a little bit of video of it too but having problems loading it up for viewing (stupid interwebs).
Later that day went to see some "Lucha Libre", or South American style wrestling. Basically it was the same as your WWE kind of stuff (ie lame), except lots of the wrestlers wear decorated masks. Pretty much aimed at kids though, I must have been about the only person aged over 15 that didn´t have a couple of rugrats in tow.
Also got to sample some soccer, Peruvian style. I think Peru must sit fairly low in South American standings if what I saw was anything to go by, though it was entertaining enough with 5 goals scored.Obviously the locals don´t care too much about it either, the stadium was less than a quarter full, though the cheer squads were very enthusiastic and kept a racket going all game. My other sporting encounter was meeting the captain of the Ecuadorean national cricket team in a pub - though he´s actually from Perth so it´s not that exciting.
Otherwise I`ve just been seeing the sights and eating the food (a 3 course meal for $2 can´t be beat). They like their carbs here though, most meals are served with rice and potatoes, and sometimes with bread too for good measure, and then you get a drink made from purple corn as well...
Anyway, that´ll do for now
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