Category: "Life"

The Car Horn

August 13th, 2011 |

The most important component of a car in Lima, as in many Latin American cities, is the horn. The horn is much more important than, for example, the breaks – one is used continuously during the course of driving, the other is practically never used.
Coming from an computer science background, I am considering inventing the auto-horn – a horn that sounds every second regardless of whether it is needed. I am quite sure this will make me rich.

What the horn means:

Piracy on the streets of Peru

July 26th, 2011 |

Purchasing fake copies of branded goods is quite normal here. Sales of copies of video games and DVDs far outstrip sales of originals – to tell the truth, I haven’t actually noticed any originals on sale anywhere, although no, I haven’t looked for them.

A Single Gringa In Cusco

April 18th, 2011 |

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. It’s fun being the exotic one. After years of giving the dark Latin types the eye in the U.S., the shoe is on the other foot. Now, I’m the one that can just walk into a room and get the heads turning.