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Old 10-13-2013, 03:31 PM   #4711
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eating in Peru

Yesterday, Kathe and I went out to lunch for some Cebiche. We went to this little Cebicheria near her place and some tasty raw fish "cooked" in lime juice. I could eat that every day.......YUM!!! And it is one kind of food that Peru is famous for. They are very proud of their cooking here.
On the other hand, Kathe does cook. I have done all the cooking so far. But I enjoy it.

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Old 10-13-2013, 03:33 PM   #4712
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Kathe doesn't cook but she always dresses nice. Here she is in front of her little French car



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Old 10-13-2013, 03:48 PM   #4713
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Tonight, Kathe left for 2 days to Madrid. Remember, she is a flight attendant. She will be back early Wednesday morning. That will give me some time to plan my SE Asia trip and get some things ready.
But I am here at her place. And yes, she lives with her parents!
And yes, I think it is a little awkward for everyone.
So here I am in their house and she is off to Europe.
At times, I think her dad is pretty cool for not punching me in the face.
After all, I am with his daughter staying in his house.
But this time things are a little different as compared to last time I was here.
On the bottom floor of their house, there is a separate bedroom, complete with its own private bathroom. Before, when I was here, it was just for storage, but Kathe fixed it up, brought in a big bed and refrigerator, fresh paint and decorations and now it is like our separate apartment. And it is pretty cool and nice.
Tonight, after Kathe left, I cooked up some fresh trout and potatoes and asked her parents to join me for dinner. It turned out pretty darn good if I say so myself. But her parents don't speak English, so I was using my limited Spanish to communicate.
So while I am not with my motorcycle right now and I can't post any of my motorcycle adventure stories right now, you better believe that tonight was every bit of an adventure than anything that I have had to contend with over the past 16 months.
And best of all, nobody punched anybody in the face.
So I call tonight a success.
More wine please!
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Old 10-13-2013, 03:57 PM   #4714
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Here's Kathe inside our little "apartment"
Sorry it's sideways........just rotate your computer 90 degrees

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Old 10-13-2013, 04:03 PM   #4715
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Among other nice things that I got Kathe for her birthday, I brought back these wines from Europe for her. Some I had been carrying for over 2 months. She likes white wine more than red.
And I brought back only the best for her........and for me!!!!

2004 Tokaji (best sweet wine in the world)
2005 Rioja Grand Reserva (best red wine in the world)
2006 Vintage Champagne (the best sparkling wine)
2012 German Riesling (the best white wine in the world)


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Old 10-13-2013, 05:43 PM   #4716
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Nice update..You're looking a little pasty in those last pics. Need to spend the winter in the sun. Looking forward to your SE Asia adventure.

Spent a month in Thailand, and small bikes seem the way to go.

Stay healthy and keep it coming..
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Old 10-13-2013, 09:15 PM   #4717
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Hey Ed,

I was watching CNN yesterday in an effort to see when they are going to open up the US Gov't again and they had a special segment on counterfeit money in the US. Who do you think is the #1 country in the world supplying counterfeit US currency?? Peru

Watch your greenbacks down there my friend
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Old 10-14-2013, 07:39 AM   #4718
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Hey Ed,

I was watching CNN yesterday in an effort to see when they are going to open up the US Gov't again and they had a special segment on counterfeit money in the US. Who do you think is the #1 country in the world supplying counterfeit US currency?? Peru

Watch your greenbacks down there my friend


Yeah, that doesn't surprise me
Here in Peru, the US dollar is everywhere.
It is especially used for large purchases.
And you have a choice between Dollars or Soles at the ATM's here.
And when you make a purchase, every bill is scrutinized for authenticity. Even a 10 Soles note (about $3) is looked at.

It makes me wonder how much funny money is out there in circulation.
And it also makes me wonder how many US dollars are in the hands of people in foreign countries since many people use the dollar because they don't trust the stability of their own currency. Argentina is a great example of this with the blue market for the US Dollar.

But even scarier is what will happen if the US government doesn't get off their ass and solve the budget and debt crisis. The US Dollar is the world currency. It is used everywhere as a "store of wealth" , especially so in developing countries. If the world losses confidence in the US Dollar, it will cause yet a further slide in the status of the US as the world leading superpower.
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Old 10-14-2013, 09:56 AM   #4719
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...And best of all, nobody punched anybody in the face...
always the mark of a good evening! i love that painted wall clock in Kathe's apartment, very chic (or whatever the cool kids say these days...)
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Old 10-14-2013, 12:18 PM   #4720
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always the mark of a good evening! i love that painted wall clock in Kathe's apartment, very chic (or whatever the cool kids say these days...)

I think the word you are looking for is "sick"
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Old 10-14-2013, 08:28 PM   #4721
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That first impression will stay as it is, unless if they totally change over winter :)
It is interesting to note that not all passports are created equal.

As I watched all the Albanians cut in line in front of me at the airport, I took note of the people checking passports. There was a separate line for EU residents. Those people got thru the line on average in 3.2 seconds. No stamp was even needed. And there were some Americans in front of me in my line. They got thru in about 3.3 seconds. But when someone showed up with an Albanian passport, it seemed like it took forever to get their stamp. And some didn't even get a stamp and were instead escorted by an agent to "secondary". Maybe if they would stop cutting in line, they would have had easier access in to Italy.......just saying. Being nice opens doors.

And poor Italy is being flooded with refugees these days. It probably doesn't make the news in the US (like the bus crash that happened today here in Peru that killed 55 people), but people are literally dying to get in to Italy. Political refugees are floating on boats from places like Syria and Somalia trying to escape their countries. Italy has been flooded with these people that I am sure it would prefer not to have. And many boats have sunk along the way, killing hundreds.
So its nice having an USA passport. It opens doors, makes waiting in lines shorter and says to the world, I won't cut in line or need to float on a raft to get in to a country.
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Old 10-14-2013, 09:07 PM   #4722
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I don't know, Lalo. Might not be long before hordes of Americans are floating on rafts, looking for a place to land that can pass a damn budget.

Glad to see you back in Peru with Cathe. She's adorable.

While you wait for her to return from Madrid, have you considered renting a scooter? I need my fix of two-wheeled photos/stories.
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Old 10-15-2013, 03:18 AM   #4723
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^^^^^^^^Ditto,rent something,go ride,post some more ride stuff oh and throw in some Kathe pics,we are all working and we need some of your wonderful diversion post so we can smile.
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Old 10-15-2013, 04:11 AM   #4724
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...And poor Italy is being flooded with refugees these days. It probably doesn't make the news in the US (like the bus crash that happened today here in Peru that killed 55 people), but people are literally dying to get in to Italy. Political refugees are floating on boats from places like Syria and Somalia trying to escape their countries. Italy has been flooded with these people that I am sure it would prefer not to have. And many boats have sunk along the way, killing hundreds.
So its nice having an USA passport. It opens doors, makes waiting in lines shorter and says to the world, I won't cut in line or need to float on a raft to get in to a country.
yeah, that accident in Peru was a real tragedy, it was news here in Portugal. The refugees is another tragedy, the EU is allocating some funds (afaik) to help with that, but i guess that those news will only make the people in such difficult situation to risk even more, because they know that once in Europe they will get help, and with that i'm afraid we'll be seeing more accidents like that. I've heard that the Italian navy is increasing their ships in the region to help further. These are the things that make me proud of belonging to something like the EU, it's recognized that it is not an Italian problem but an European one, even with all our current economic woes.

On another note, as to the passports, here's an interesting list :)

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Old 10-15-2013, 06:35 AM   #4725
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yeah, that accident in Peru was a real tragedy, it was news here in Portugal. The refugees is another tragedy, the EU is allocating some funds (afaik) to help with that, but i guess that those news will only make the people in such difficult situation to risk even more, because they know that once in Europe they will get help, and with that i'm afraid we'll be seeing more accidents like that. I've heard that the Italian navy is increasing their ships in the region to help further. These are the things that make me proud of belonging to something like the EU, it's recognized that it is not an Italian problem but an European one, even with all our current economic woes.
Well as long as the EU is sending hundreds of millions of Euros to Africa to bild up their infrastructure that the people their feel well at home and don't need to escape to Europe, for me it is a shame not to stop that payments as long as some stupid leaders are just buying new cars and waeppons somewhere in the world instead of helping to built up their economy.

If you read RR's from people travelled at some parts of Africa, years ago they got invited even from the poorest people and today, if they don't have presents, they got thrown with stones by kids.

And exactly that is what we aducate them with our help - they expect all Nonafrican to help them instead of getting self responsible.
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