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July 24, 2011 18:04:04

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

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 12:39:58

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

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

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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July 14, 2011 15:36:10

Translating Peru: Habla, vas? A Glimpse at Lima Transport

Translating Peru
Photo: Francisco Centurión

By Kelly Phenicie

With over eight million inhabitants and no subway system, Lima transit has become an unequivocal symbol of the city’s organized chaos.  The jarring medley of horns and police whistles, topped with incessant weaving and nail-biting close calls, sometimes makes city streets feel a little like a taped off construction area where any wrong move could spell serious danger.  As the capital develops, this roadway mayhem is perhaps most visible sign of Peru’s inner conflict between deep-rooted informality and newfound economic success.

If you’re brave enough to man a car, this is probably the ideal balance of comfort and price for getting around.  But the faint of heart (and slow to react) must resort to other alternatives, many of which “work” though not without costing you some level of personal safety, sanity or savings.

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July 8, 2011 13:50:57

Interview: Alonso Cueto talks about his new children's book

By Monica Marie Weglicki-Sanchez

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July 6, 2011 18:49:22

Translating Peru: Fitting in as an "extranjero"

Translating Peru
Photo: Francisco Centurión

By Kelly Phenicie

It’s easy to recite the well-worn cliché “home is where the heart is.” And perhaps for most it’s really that simple.  But when you end up living in a foreign country – especially for an indefinite period of time – the concept of “home” becomes a little like the white stuff in an oreo cookie. Despite any and all attempts to keep the middle intact, opening it usually results in a haphazard mess on both sides (or am I the only person this happens to?).

The more you live somewhere, the more it becomes a part of you.  Your tastes, your opinions and your sense of what’s familiar all evolve. You change.  And yet even as you finally call this place “home,” you realize that this change is not reciprocal – despite your investment in adapting to this new place, it does not adapt to you.

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June 27, 2011 16:10:41

Peru's ceviche day at Lima's joint for soccer stars

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Ceviche Barrunto, the house specialty made with a special marinade. (All photos by Susana Aguirre)


By Susana Aguirre

There's been vast coverage and excitement in the media about what Peru's restaurants have in store for tomorrow, a day only those allergic to fish or seafood may pass on celebrating: National ceviche day, which three years ago was chosen to be on June 28. The festivities have already started, take for example the gastronomic fair that took place in Surco this weekend with the participation of its restaurants and municipality.

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