|The guest bathroom in our house. Nothing but trouble.|
They use Celsius here. And I don't have any observations to make about this because frankly, I have not even begun to try to understand the difference. I do know that zero in Celsius is freezing and that's it. I just nod politely when someone tells me the temperature in Celsius and try to mimic their expression of either exasperation or relief.
Lunch is the biggest meal of the day and they start eating around 1:00 or later. In some of the public schools on the outskirts of Lima and elsewhere, the children come home for a long lunch break so they can dine with their families or each other, and then they go back to school. In the office where I work, to have a lunch break lasting over an hour is not uncommon. And the lunches can be 3-5 courses.
So in theory, dinner should be much later and much lighter.
|LUNCH: Ceviche - and it is freaking delicious. This is just the appetizer.|
|The main course for lunch - This is roasted goat with beans and rice. I forgot to take pictures of dessert and the soup.|
Like, with guts and stuff hanging everywhere. I love this. There are markets everywhere in Lima. Textile markets, Inca markets, food markets, all kinds... You can go to a market and stop at the different booths or stands and find anything. Near my office is the Magdalena market and I can buy groceries, cleaning supplies, fresh veggies, some clothes, office supplies, dishes, some furniture and the prices are lower than in the supermarkets or retail chains.
|You know you want some.|
No air conditioning and no heaters
Our house, my office, restaurants...none of them have central heating and air. No biggie, really. Not having central heat/air in our house is surprisingly not a big deal. If you keep the windows closed, it's really okay. You just have to layer on the blankets and have warm PJs. Currently, during the day it is about 63 degrees in Lima and with the high humidity, it actually feels really cold outside. It kinda creeps up on you. I know that as I type this my friends in Arkansas are miserably hot - you have my sympathies. I'm sure that in the summer, I will be cursing the Peruvian air because I am hot-natured and hate to be hot and like as much artificial coolant as I can get. But right now, I'm okay. I like "cold" weather.
|This is a not so great shot from the roof of our house. This is looking west towards the ocean. You can smell it from mi casa!!|
It's winter here! This whole flip in seasons is just so bizarre. It's August and I'm cold. And Christmastime is hot! Weird!
And really, there are thousands of other differences between Peru and the USA and even more that I don't understand. But humanity is the same: love, hate, stupidity, joy, grief, work, home, family, friends...It's all here people. It's all everywhere. And as far as the differences go, it simply means that I have a lot to learn, a lot to experience and a lot of ways to grow.