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Sisters Doing It For Themselves.

August 3rd 2014
Once you went in, you never came out. Santa Catalina, a pretty prison, but a prison nonetheless. Painted letters over the entrance to the first courtyard, urge SILENCE, yet noise from the city surrounds you, the cries of street vendors, the clop of horses hooves, the hum of voices, the sound of life. There are forty-foot-high walls, but your prison is open to the air; you are separated from, bu ... read more
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Peruvian Flag Ancient Peru was the seat of several prominent Andean civilizations, most notably that of the Incas whose empire was captured by the Spanish conquistadors in 1533. Peruvian independence was declared in 1821, and remaining Spanish forces defeated in 1... ... read more
5th August 2014

Great insights!
How fabulous that you had Flora Tristan to flesh out the nuns' life in that riotously colored and sometimes riotous monastery! Given the too-often oppressive state of Spanish colonial wives, it sounds as if these nuns had it pretty good. Love your photos--such color!
5th August 2014

Thanks Tara. I really appreciate your comments on my blogs. Gives me a lift! If you can get hold of Flora while you're in Arequipa, think you'd like it. I left our copy in the Belgian café in Iquitos, if you ever make it there!

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