Basking in the afterglow of vacation, as we shift to a Sunday-through-Thursday work schedule during the football season.

Kids are kids, no matter where.  Peruvian chidren wear uniforms to school.  I caught these kids lined up on a field trip to a museum.

"Determination, Apprehension, Anticipation"

Young capitalists.  These girls looked absolutely adorable.  Until they demanded money for having their picture taken.

They made a buck for posing. This can be lucrative.

Llamas really do rule.  This couple was trying to have a moment to themselves at Machu Picchu, when the llamas decided they wanted that space.

"...and don't come back!"

Llamas rule, but the vicuña is referred to as “Peruvian Gold.”  That’s because its fleece goes for more than $200 a pound.

No wonder they get special treatment.

Contrast that to the manual labor so many Peruvians perform every day of their work lives.  Key word: manual.

Still rebuilding after spring floods.

But the job I would least want:  driving one of the many buses up Machu Picchu.  That white ribbon you see is the road.

Total concentration required.

And finally, the Incas.  Decimated by epidemics, the Spanish, and who knows what else, they left monuments like this granary built into the side of a mountain.  No matter how many times it was explained to me, I’ll never understand how they did it.

Brilliant people. Long gone.


About Gerry

I've been covering Connecticut news and sports since 1974. I know, I don't look that old.
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12 Responses to Leftovers

  1. Lli'll Ama-Kel says:

    Very cool, Gerry. Very cool, indeed.

  2. Cat says:

    Was nice to see you back, oh and by the way, tell Kevin I saw him walking and standing in Pa…so he can get off the white chair now.. “-)
    Know what you mean about people wanting money for the pictures, happened to me in Jamacia years ago, beautiful woman with her child all dressed in violet, turban and the basket, they were stunning, no one told me that (at that time) they thought we took the pictures to make fun of them,,,good thing I could run fast back then, she was after me for sure and yes, I did have the concierge of the hotel make it all worth it for her in the end.
    Now as you say, in some countries they will let you click away and then put out the hand,, people are smart these days……
    Welcome home.

  3. Thanks for sharing all of your wonderful photos. That road reminds me of a trip to Norway, which I thought would be my last, riding on a coach bus on a similar road – though not nearly as frightening as the one in your photo. Hope you have a good week back at work. Think “Peru!”

  4. Wendy says:

    Fantastic pictures and most appropriate captions. Those “ribbons” reminded me of the roads on the island of Tortola. Being just a pssenger was scary enough, but driving the one lane, hair-pin and S turns would have finished me off. Coming down was beyond description. Then, we met another vehicle…………..no comment. Have a great day and thanks again !

  5. What an adventure. Thanks for sharing so much of it with us, Ger.

  6. pete says:

    i read your blog for the llamas, gerry. please keep it up 🙂

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