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.
Mama RicardinaCaught 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.