Friday, January 30, 2009

Summer, summer, summertime

In other good news, Cusquena (one of the breweries here) is making a delicious wheat beer-cerveza de trigo, in Spanish, for summertime. It's tasty and refreshing and $4 for a six pack, so we've been enjoying them on our rooftop. I just learned how to post multiple pictures in a blog (only took me what...5 months?), so enjoy the photos of our current libation of choice, and the views from our rooftop.
This is the view to the left from our roof. You can see in this picture 1) how freaking grey it is here-everything is the same color in this light; 2) the Pre-Incan Huaca Pucllana (the big grey mound). We run around it and walk by it frequently when going to one of our favorite bar/restaurants, but have yet to go visit the site.

And this is the view to the right on a paricularly nice sunset-I guess smog is good for that, at least. What I've cut out here are the McDonald's, TGIFriday's, and Chili's, which are just beyond the church.

With our new attitudes of taking advantage of being based in Lima, we took a trip to Mancora last weekend to 1) get out of the city and 2) celebrate our first anniversiary. Mancora is one of the surfing hotspots in Peru, but the waves were huge and we were more interested in reading, relaxing, and tasting the cocktails at our hotel.

Work goes on....I had a great meeting with our first partner today so feels like we are getting somewhere, finally! Our registration continues, slowly, but I'm doing what I can so that as soon as we get it, we're up and running. There are days when I feel like I'll be working in the dining room/office for ever, but this afternoon I'm really excited about a feasability study we're going to do with a partner for a medium-scale environmentally friendly water and sanitation program,complete with a business management approach. It's going to be great!

We're off to Bolivia next week and looking forward to seeing the staff, going to an office, getting a new peri-urban program going, the red lager there, potatoes, and perhaps, even trying the elusive Hot Donkey Milk this time.

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