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July 27, 2011 13:45:08 | in society

Video of the Week: Corso Wong 2011


  LivinginPeru.com

See what you missed at this year's Corso Wong, Lima's big Fiestas Patrias parade

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July 27, 2011 10:33:21 | in politics

Looking back: Five years of Alan Garcia

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President Alan García at the inauguration of an electrification project (Photo: Andina)

By LivinginPeru.com

After his second five-year term as president, Alan García will return to civilian life on Thursday. During his tenure, García has led a country experiencing great change, with unprecedented economic growth and, simultaneously, signficant challenges. It has been an interesting five years, and opinions about García's management fall across a wide spectrum.

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July 25, 2011 13:41:40 | in Expat Life

A formula for learning Spanish in Peru

By Larry J. Pitman

To be happy living as an expatriate over an extended time requires many skills and personal qualities, but, to me, the most important of all has to be language. If you have read my column in the past, you will know that I am a strong believer in learning Spanish as a necessary part of living happily in Peru. Of course, the same advice would apply regarding English to Peruvians living in the United States.


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July 25, 2011 10:31:29 | in history

Opinion: Machu Picchu – A Failed Historic Management

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The Inca city of Machu Picchu as seen by Hiram Bingham in July 1911, exactly a hundred years ago. (Photo: Hiram Bingham)


Mariana Mould de Pease is a zealous advocate of Machu Picchu. She became a furious opposer to the cable car project, planned during the Fujimori regime, to be built as an access to the archaeological site. But Mould also became a public supporter to recover hundreds of artifacts from Yale University unearthed from the Inca city a hundred years ago by Bingham which refused to give them back arguing legal technicalities. Years ago, Mould also revealed historical evidence proving that Hiram Bingham was not the real discoverer of Machu Picchu as he claimed. In the following essay, a propos of the hundred years from Bingham's first visit to Machu Picchu, Mould reminds us of the disinformation that still misleads the ordinary traveler and citizen about the Inca city, and of the Peruvian government's wasted opportunity to demonstrate with historical evidence that Machu Picchu was never really lost to Peruvians.


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July 24, 2011 18:04:04 | in art, culture, lifestyle

Translating Peru: Giving futbol its due

Translating Peru
Photo: Francisco Centurión

By Kelly Phenicie

With some exceptions, Americans generally have the same beef with soccer: “nothing happens.”  Despite having played the sport for some six years, I too was one of the naysayers.  Like my father, I joined the ranks of college football fans.  But only college.

College football was where all the excitement happened.  As non-professionals, players are apt to make any number of blunders that could change the fate of a game in the time it takes you to refill your salsa bowl.  Additionally, the stakes are different: these guys play for heart rather than the Benjamins.

In my rookie estimation, soccer lacked this flare of passion.  So when the World Cup rolled around last year, I rolled my eyes.  Nevertheless, lured by cold beer and a day wasted in front of the TV, I yielded.  Much to my surprise (and embarrassment), I became an instant World Cup junkie tuning in to nearly every game to get my fix.  In soccer, I had finally found my college football: not pro, but national.

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July 20, 2011 11:26:42 | in art, culture, lifestyle

Do you like football? Becoming a soccer fan in Peru

By Larry J. Pitman

I often get asked if I like football. Then I have to pause and think about how to answer. Since this is South America, I have to assume that they mean soccer rather than American Football. However, when I arrived in Peru five years ago, gridiron was definitely my first choice. Now I’ve become Peruvian enough to say that I watch a lot more soccer than American Football. Gradually, my interest has shifted.


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July 19, 2011 14:25:17 | in sports

Gol gol gol: Peru's goals in the Copa America


By LivinginPeru.com

As you get ready for tonight's semifinal match against Uruguay, let's review how far Peru has come so far in the Copa America. Below are the four goals that Peru has netted in the tournament. Let's hope there are more to come tonight!

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July 19, 2011 12:39:58 | in art, culture, lifestyle

Video: there's a hot new artisan baker in town

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Jonathan day is 'El pan de la chola'. He started selling his bread outside a restaurant, as shown above, in Asia. (Photo: asiasur.com)


Susana Aguirre

If you want bread right out of the oven for breakfast in Lima, it's usually just a matter of going to the corner store to buy a few pieces of 'pan frances' and you're set. But if you're craving whole wheat bread, a seeded loaf perhaps, it's a bit more difficult to find such delicacies. That's where 'El pan de la chola' comes in.

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July 19, 2011 12:21:19 | in art, culture, lifestyle

Hop aboard the International Book Fair's Art Train

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Photo by Polifonía Editora

By Marie Meyer

Kids are especially welcome at Lima's 16th Annual International Book Fair, held from Friday, July 22 through Tuesday, Aug 2, 2011 at the “Parque de Los Proceres” on the 17th block of Av. Salaverry.

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July 19, 2011 9:21:56 | in art, culture, lifestyle

Crossing the Andes with Rafo Leon

Crossing the Andes with Rafo Leon
Farmer at Acopalca, Huancavelica, with a huge trout from the farm in his village. (Photo: Water H. Wust) See slide show.


By Jorge Riveros-Cayo

“If you continue upstream by the Kumpiroshato River, you will reach the tributaries on which the inhabitants of Mazokianto – a Machiguenga community in the high jungle, which means ‘toad ravine’ in their language – feed on. It is a place where there barely exists a numeric reckoning of history, marked by milestones in some calendar instead, because the natives follow the wisdom of their ancestors. It is a village that made contact with Western chronology less than a decade ago. Before that, there were no months or years. And just recently, a system using the term “after Christ” has been adopted to register the newly born,” writes Rafo León in Trasandino, a new book he authors, sponsored by Transportadora de Gas del Perú (TgP), the company that built the gas pipeline a decade ago, from Camisea in Cusco’s Amazon region to the Peruvian coastline near Lurín.

This is a very unique book. It has been conceived almost like a documentary movie with extraordinary images, mostly shot by Peruvian photographer Sergio Urday. Thus, the book is not the reflection of reality but, instead, of a particular view of the world. In this case León’s personal impressions during his travels from the profuse Amazon tropical rainforest to the highest altitudes of Peru’s geography, down to the most arid desert in the world. A savvy traveler and writer, Rafo León crosses the Andes to explore a country that is surprisingly still quite unknown to its inhabitants. The book is highly recommended if you know Spanish and enjoy intense travel stories. Trasandino is available at the main bookstores around the country.

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