THIS IS THE FIFTH IN A SERIES OF E-MAILS SENT TO VARIOUS PEOPLE DURING A JOURNEY TO PERU IN APRIL, 2007. THIS ONE WAS DATED APRIL 18.
THEY WERE GENERALLY COMPOSED QUICKLY WITHOUT MUCH EDITING OR SPELLCHECKING, AND I’VE LEFT THEM AS IS TO LEAVE THE UNEXPURGATED FLAVOR.
THE PICTURES ARE OF MASKS WE COLLECTED ALONG THE WAY. WE DECIDED TO OPEN AN ON-LINE MASK BUSINESS DURING THIS TRIP, AND THESE WILL BE AMONG OUR FIRST PRODUCTS IF WE CAN BEAR TO PART WITH THEM.
So, in Spanish, a sin is a pecado, a fish a pescado. Thus, a restaurant names itself “Siete (7) pescados” and composes a witty menu full of lust and gluttony and the rest. Plus some virtues. The translations are pretty wierd–the one about being “dominated on the grill” was especially memorable. Most important, the ambience and food receive our highest rating. They’re very proud of their ceviche around here, consider it much better than, for example, Ecuadorian or Mexican. As for us, we love them all and feel we’ve benefitted from the competition.
The Gold Museum houses at least as much grave gold as the Greek national museum and from a number of sophisticated pre-Incan cultures as well as the one most of us know about. Included in the day was the Incan Market, where we did a lot to help the national economy.
The final evening was spent at a wooden Georgean style restaurant over the bay waters where we enjoyed conversation with some of Erin’s co-workers. Great group to represent us all abroad. Now it’s back to reality, which ain’t so bad, either.