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April 22nd 2015
Published: April 28th 2015
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These are from the last few weeks in Huancayo, very high in the Andes. We had an underground BBQ called a Pachamanca, where rocks are heated over a fire, then collapsed and meat, potatoes, tamales, and vegetables are buried in the hot rocks for an hour. We went on a hike to Huaytapallana, at more than 5000 meters. I found I couldn't breathe, my chest would not expand. Like I was tied tightly, but I also couldn't breathe OUT. I had to push with every breath. And I fell and cut open my little finger in two spots badly. After that healed, I realized I had probably damaged some tendons or ligaments, because I have a different shaped finger that will not bend, and still has great pain.


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Huaytapallana hike

Nearly 5000meters... no air
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The gang

James, Warren
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Mama Ricardina

Caught with her hair down, this lady is 8.5 months pregnant, cooks in a kitchen without any appliances but a 2 burner gas stove. 3 hot meals a day... breakfast is just the same as dinner... rice, potatoes etc. one faucet in the backyard for laundry. chickens under foot, and she does everything with grace and cheerfulness.
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Bakery on every corner

Cakes about $7. They do it better here folks!


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