THE PRESIDENT MUSTN’T BE HIS WIFE’S HANDBAG (TRANSLATION)

Currently in Peruvian politics it seems that there is a classic old case of "who is wearing the pants?' According to the columnist Federico Salazar, as well as many Peruvians, the answer is first lady Nadine Heredia and not the Peruvian President Ollanta Humala.  Salazar writes that this conception, whether it is true or not,... Continue Reading →

MORE THAN 6 THOUSAND PERUVIANS DEPORTED FROM USA DURING OBAMA ADMINISTRATION (TRANSLATION)

Barack Obama has deported more people from the United States than any previous president.  While there can be little doubt that the highest number of deportees are of Mexican origin, this article shows that the issue reaches a lot further south in the continent.  It is from the online edition of La República.  Read the... Continue Reading →

LATIN AMERICAN FOOD: L-Z

Here's the second instalment of my brief Latin American food guide - this time L-Z.  It has been a bit more challenging to come up with a food for every letter here and I allowed myself some liberty.  I've enjoyed compiling the guide, I hope you enjoy reading.  Lechón: It's hard to beat roast pork,... Continue Reading →

LATIN AMERICAN FOOD: A-K

Wake up each day and there is that need to put something in your stomach.  In three years travelling/living in the Americas I filled up on all of the below and much, much more.  I probably ate on the streets too much and am sure that I picked up a range of unwanted gut flora.... Continue Reading →

LA TETA ASUSTADA (THE MILK OF SORROW)

Tonight I watched Peruvian film 'La Teta Asustada' which translates literally as 'The Frightened Teat'.  The film is called 'The Milk of Sorrow' in English.  Here is my short review. Peru, as far as I am aware at least, is not a country that is known for cinema.  Machu Picchu, the Andes Mountains, Paddington Bear... Continue Reading →

ODE TO THE LATIN AMERICAN STREET DOG

Sans shame, you copulate under shop awnings, in parks, down alleys then trot off for post-coital taco scraps on Mexico City corners Slumbering in sunny plazas you dream while fleas run amok across your fur and screw into your rabid flesh I saw you snarl White of your eyes and unknown intentions in the streets... Continue Reading →

CUSCO ANTHEM (TRANSLATION)

Cusco in Peru, the ancient capital of the Incan Empire is another enchanting Latin American city.  The tiled version of 'Himno al Cusco', (Cusco Anthem) adorned with the city's flag and coat of arms, is on display in the city centre for all to enjoy. As far as I can see there are no other... Continue Reading →

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