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July 18, 2011 13:13:58 | in society

Manos Unidas launches fundraising campaign to help special needs children

One of Manos Unidas' students


Manos Unidas — a non-profit organization for special needs children in Cusco, Peru — kicked off its fundraising campaign for July in order to raise funds for financial aid to support its special needs children.

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July 18, 2011 12:48:58 | in society

Marking Nelson Mandela Day in Peru

Nelson Mandela statue in San Isidro, Lima. Photos by author 

By Marie Meyer

I have found Nelson Mandela to be a very, very handy man since moving to Lima almost a year ago.

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July 15, 2011 12:16:28 | in politics

Jaime Bayly: The Absent Brother

Jaime Bayly: The absent brother
Jaime Bayly. (Photo: Reuters)

Jaime Bayly writes again about his family. This time addressing the frail relationship with his siblings, marked by that usual edgy and sarcastic sense of humor that makes this Peruvian author, TV showman, and controversial character so loved and hated at the same time.

By Jaime Bayly for Perú21
Translated and edited by Jorge Riveros-Cayo

To Andy, with esteem and admiration.


My sister D. climbed a bus towards the Andes, she married God and shut herself in a convent. I did not attend the marriage, maybe because the convent was situated in the middle of nowhere, close to Abancay. I did not have the fortune to see my sister D. for ten long years. Later she decided to quit being a nun, returned to Lima, mingled with artist-boyfriends and dedicated herself to drive a motorcycle and surfing. When she married a painter of noble appearance, with a surname that reminded me of a paint brand (in either case, a highly respectful man), I did not go to the wedding either because the event took place at the shore of a river in the Amazon jungle. And despite the groom and the bride attended the wedding (at least that is what they say), there was no priest, no judge or witness. Maybe my sister D. and her husband don’t know how to go back to the exotic scenery where they married. It could be said then, that I was absent at their wedding as well as they were too.

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July 14, 2011 18:32:05 | in Expat Life

PHOTOS: France celebrates Bastille Day in Peru

Estelle Covez was among the invited to the Ambassador's residence in Lima.
Cécile Mouton-Brady leaves her position as French Ambassador to Peru this year.
Photos by Carlos del Águila Calle

The French Ambassador to Peru opened the doors to her residence in Lima, Peru to celebrate Bastille Day. Politicians, diplomats and artists were among the invited. The event also served as a farewell to Ambassador Cécile Mouton-Brady, who has served since 2008.

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July 14, 2011 15:36:10 | in art, culture, lifestyle

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 13, 2011 15:19:03 | in art, culture, lifestyle

Fitness on the beach: Lima bootcamp

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July 13, 2011 15:03:07 | in sports

Video of the week: Goooooool!


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July 12, 2011 15:43:25 | in sports

Peru vs. Chile: The Pacific Classic

La blanquirroja, Peru's national team (Photo: El Comercio)


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July 11, 2011 14:34:18 | in Expat Life

La Garua, Lima's fog

By Larry J. Pitman

It is more than a fog, less than a rain. It is the heavy mist that sometimes appears in the winter in Lima. The locals call it la garua, a sea mist caused by warm winds interacting with the cool water of the ocean. It is a condition found usually from June through November along the Peruvian Coast.

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July 8, 2011 17:01:41 | in cuisine

Saving the potato: An interview with Dr. Zosimo Huaman

A woman displaying potatoes from Huancavelica (All photos by Marie Meyer)

By Marie Meyer

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