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Cipro And Urinary Tract Infection, It's Friday, November 26, the day after Thanksgiving in the United States but which, in Peru, is just November 26. We don't celebrate Turkey Day or Black Friday in this Andean nation of 30 million people. No pilgrims landed here. Just conquistadors. The locals were eating cuy, not turkey, when Pizarro invaded the place and smashed the Inca Empire. The conquistadors weren't big on saying Thanks, Cipro And Urinary Tract Infection. They just grabbed, Cipro And Urinary Tract Infection india.
[caption id="attachment_2385" align="aligncenter" width="319" caption="A cuy (guinea pig) dressed up like a pilgrim. Don't ask me who dreams up these cards. "][/caption]
I was feeling unexpectedly sad yesterday morning. Cipro And Urinary Tract Infection, It was my third Non-Thanksgiving Day in Peru, and you think I would have gotten over it, but I hadn't.
What made my disappointment a surprise is that I've never been big on the holiday. Back in the States, I'd viewed Thanksgiving as a stressful exercise in hurried long-distance travel and overly elaborate meal-making. All that fuss and...no costumes, 50mg Cipro And Urinary Tract Infection
, no candy, no presents. Thanksgiving doesn't have the razzle-dazzle of other holidays, just an enormous feast full of arcane recipes that bear little resemblance to how Americans eat nowadays. And seeing family -- well, we were going to do that again in another month anyway, on the 25th, so why the big schlep just to turn around and fly/drive back home the next day? The pragmatic workaholic American in me couldn't quite see the payoff, Cipro And Urinary Tract Infection us
Well, as Joni Mitchell once said, "You don't know what you've got 'til it's gone."
I found myself missing Thanksgiving yesterday and realizing what it is that is so resoundingly good about the holiday -- all that stuff that I had overlooked before, Cipro And Urinary Tract Infection. Thanksgiving is not commercial. It's not about buying stuff. It's about making real food by hand and eating with your family and asking them how they're doing.
In other words, it is what America used to be, at least though the 1970s. Cipro And Urinary Tract Infection, So I was feeling mopey yesterday, and so was El Fotógrafo. Cipro And Urinary Tract Infection mexico, He was born in Peru but lived in the U.S. for 25 years so he is deeply Americanized, to the point that some of his relatives now call him a gringo, and that's not a compliment.
El Fotógrafo makes kickass homemade mashed potatoes and can cook a turkey perfectly, plus carve it really thin without the turkey flying off the carving board. When we lived in Florida, he and I made the Thanksgiving meal together each year, 1000mg Cipro And Urinary Tract Infection. We would have cooked a turkey yesterday, except I didn't have the day off from teaching, and Thanksgiving dinner needs at least 24 hours' preparation, Cipro And Urinary Tract Infection.
The saddest thing about going to teach yesterday was that no one at UPC, besides me, cared that it was Thanksgiving.
EF gave me a hug before I went off to teach, and all yesterday morning I felt mopier and then, grumpier. Cipro And Urinary Tract Infection australia, All my friends and relatives in the States were eating stuffing and turkey, and I was missing Thanksgiving. Screw Peru. Cipro And Urinary Tract Infection, Screw the university.
I would have kept on digging deeper in that trench except Peru snapped me out it.
I went to a nearby restaurant to eat lunch. I was by myself, as usual. Inside the restaurant, 40mg Cipro And Urinary Tract Infection, there were all these large groups of Peruvians -- office workers, professors from UPC -- eating together. What struck me, looking at these jovial groups, was how generally pleased these people seemed at being able to sit together for an hour and chat and eat and laugh their heads off, Cipro And Urinary Tract Infection. Peruvians love to laugh. They love to tell jokes (except the sourest academics) and they love, love to eat.
It wasn't like those office lunches I used to have with my coworkers in the U.S. Cipro And Urinary Tract Infection usa, -- slightly awkward, hurried affairs with people glancing at their watches, afraid of being late to the office. In general, Peruvians like being with each other and make time every day for relaxing almuerzo, whether at work or at their homes. Cipro And Urinary Tract Infection, They also (in general) like being with their families. Most Peruvians spend Sunday afternoon at a big family almuerzo and not only do they not resent it, they (gulp) like it. The food is made (generally) by hand -- by an empleada or by the family itself, 750mg Cipro And Urinary Tract Infection. After the meal, people hang out and talk and maybe go for a walk in the neighborhood, and that's considered a successful day. And people are (generally) thankful for what they have -- food, time to relax, each other.
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In their own quiet, un-remarked-upon way, Peruvians do celebrate Thanksgiving -- They do so every day of lives. Only they call it "living.".
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Breastfeeding While On Synthroid, [caption id="attachment_2117" align="aligncenter" width="409" caption="Ukuku, Qolqepunku Glacier; photo by Jorge Vera 2009"][/caption]
Back in December, msnbc.com published a photo story on Qoyllur Rit'i and global warming, with photos by El Fotógrafo and captions by yours truly.
I neglected to provide the link to that slide show, which includes some of EF's strongest images of the dangerous (and endangered) glacier pilgrimage, 750mg Breastfeeding While On Synthroid, so here it is, 30mg Breastfeeding While On Synthroid, belatedly: "Peru's Disappearing Holy Glacier."
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Most of the ukukus at QR are in their late teens and early 20s; you don't see a lot of old-timers like this guy. He lived through the crises in the 1990s when the glacier started melting and breaking up, 250mg Breastfeeding While On Synthroid, and ukukus began falling into crevasses and dying.
Back then, the religious group that organizes the pilgrimage didn't know about global warming and its effects on glaciers, Breastfeeding While On Synthroid. Breastfeeding While On Synthroid paypal, They didn't realize that their seemingly sturdy glacier was becoming a major hazard and couldn't support the weight of hundreds of ukukus at a time. So they would ascend to the glacier at midnight to perform their rituals, as they had always done, 150mg Breastfeeding While On Synthroid, and then the accidents started happening. 500mg Breastfeeding While On Synthroid, One veteran ukuku we interviewed in 2008 told us that he saw nine of his fellow ukukus die on the glacier in 1995. He was about the same age as this ukuku. Breastfeeding While On Synthroid, Both were survivors of and witnesses to the hazards of extreme climate change.
BTW: I swiped the title of this blog post from an entry in the Cabinet of Wonders, Breastfeeding While On Synthroid uk. COW's entry provides an excellent introduction to the rituals of Qoyllur Rit'i and to the surreal atmosphere that surrounds this ancient event rooted in pre-Hispanic traditions. Breastfeeding While On Synthroid usa, The title reminds me of these lines about glacier worship from "The Threshold," by Rudyard Kipling. The speaker starts by recalling the days of early cave-dwelling humans, who lived in the shadow of receding glaciers and were starting to make sense of their place in the world:
The close years packed behind them,
As the glaciers bite and grind,
Filling the new-gouged valleys
With Gods of every kind.
Gods of all-reaching power--
Gods of all-searching eyes--
But each to be wooed by worship
And won by sacrifice.
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Clomid After Miscarriage, Happy Immaculate Conception Day. Did you think that this was the day that Mary did (not) get shtuped by Joseph and Jesus was immaculately conceived.
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Thank god for Wikipedia and the efforts of reporters on the religion beat. Because it turns out that December 8 is the feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, whose birthday is celebrated September 8 and whose own conception is said to fall nine months earlier, on today's date, Clomid After Miscarriage.
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In other words, Immaculate Conception Day doesn't have anything to do with the conception of the baby Jesus, Clomid After Miscarriage craiglist. I'm glad about that, actually. Clomid After Miscarriage australia, The idea of Mary conceiving on December 8 and giving birth 17 days later conjured images of Mary's stomach swelling and bursting at breakneck speed, a frightening scenario for any woman who's given birth to contemplate.
December 8 is supposed to have special significance in the United States, where it is the country's patronal feast day, 1000mg Clomid After Miscarriage. Clomid After Miscarriage, I don't know any Americans who celebrate it as a national holiday. It's strictly a Catholic affair. But here in Peru, it is a national holiday. Banks closed, schools closed, Clomid After Miscarriage ebay, government offices closed.
Apart from going to church, what is there to do on Immaculate Conception Day in Lima. In our house, Clomid After Miscarriage japan, El Hijo woke up ecstatic that he didn't have to go to school.
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She plays before the ravished eyes of God himself.
In the spirit of the Virgin Mary, my nonCatholic son played like a spoiled child morning long and balked at finishing his homework.
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, I was raving the other day about the chocolates and other treats made by nuns and sold at the church of the Nazarenes, in downtown Lima, where El Señor de los Milagros lives
I made myself so hungry writing that post, 750mg Zithromax For Cat Upper Respiratory, 150mg Zithromax For Cat Upper Respiratory, I had to go to the Nazarenes the next day and buy a stash from a nun in a brown Carmelitas habit. I'm not Catholic but I felt guilty going to church just to buy candy, so I picked up a purple religious candle while I was at it, Zithromax For Cat Upper Respiratory us. Zithromax For Cat Upper Respiratory japan, Back home I lit the candle and said, Thank you, 500mg Zithromax For Cat Upper Respiratory, Zithromax For Cat Upper Respiratory craiglist, El Señor de los Milagros, for inspiring the barefoot sisters of Mt, 40mg Zithromax For Cat Upper Respiratory. 250mg Zithromax For Cat Upper Respiratory, Carmel to devote themselves body and soul to the art of fine chocolate making.
I took a photo of my loot before I ate more than half of it in one sitting, 1000mg Zithromax For Cat Upper Respiratory. Zithromax For Cat Upper Respiratory usa, Those are chocolate-covered alfajores (with colored sprinkles) in the foreground; a lemon teja (sugared shell stuffed with manjar blanco) on the left (wrapped in white tissue); a slab of turrón de Doña Pepa in the background; individually wrapped chocolate truffles (by the candle); and chocolate-covered marshmallows (right).
Peruvians snack on traditional goodies like these all month long during Mes Morado. Maybe that's why Halloween is only beginning to catch on as a holiday, and lots of Peruvians don't bother celebrating it. They're all candied out by the time October 31 arrives.
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A recent poll by the University of Lima indicated that more than three-quarters of devotees of El Señor de los Milagros say the Peruvian Christ figure has answered their prayers
Nearly 76 percent -- 75.8 percent -- of those surveyed say that their prayer to or request of the Lord of the Miracles was granted, reports El Comercio, Claritan Synthroid.
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The Church does not keep records of these miracles. They are mainly anecdotal.
The cult of the Lord of the Miracles reached a fever pitch today when thousands of purple-clad worshippers carried the Christ figure's image through downtown Lima. Everybody got in on the act including President Alan García, who shouldered part of the two-ton image in front of the Palace of Government.
No doubt García put in a prayer request or two while he carried his cargo along the processional route.
--Barbara R. Drake
Video of Alan Garcia carrying Lord of Miracles, 10/18/09.
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It's mes morado Retin A Hair Loss, (purple month) again in Lima, and the faithful are dressed head-to-toe in purple clothing, a sign of their devotion to El Señor de los Milagros. This miracle-working Christ figure is housed in the Church of the Nazarenes, Retin A Hair Loss canada, in downtown Lima (see photo above), where thousands of worshippers come to pray and make offerings each October.
I blogged about Purple Month and the Lord of the Miracles in An American in Lima last year. Then I was fascinated by (1) the burning devotion of the faithful; (2) the creative ways that people found to weave purple into their wardrobes; and (3) the abundance of seriously good candy and pastries to be had during this Peruvian holy month, 100mg Retin A Hair Loss.
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Bone Pain Cipro, July 28 marks Peru's declaration of independence from Spain in 1820, and today Peruvians are celebrating Fiestas Patrias with almuerzos, parties and plenty of booze.
- A celebrant enjoys free pisco at Lima's Plaza de Armas, 2006 (photo courtesy RCBusiness.com )
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, paso horses and a fireworks display. Events start at 11:30 in the morning and run continuously for the next 12 hours.
El Hijo's British-Peruvian school put on a big outdoors Fiestas Patrias event two weeks ago that upstaged the previous year's effort. The schoolkids dressed in elaborate costumes and performed regional dances like the "zamacueca," "danza de llamas," and "huaylas." Between acts, EH and his classmates roamed around as "pregoneros" -- old-time street vendors who called out their wares of bread, water, and fruits, Bone Pain Cipro. I can't tell you how surprised I was to see my 11-year-old son dressed in cropped pants as an "aguador" (water seller), 40mg Bone Pain Cipro, like something out of Ricardo Palma's Tradiciones. EH carted around an antique ceramic vessel and sang at the top of his lungs. Bone Pain Cipro ebay, The singing and dancing by the kids was just a warm-up, however. A bunch of 4th-graders took to the stage waving Peruvian flags in rhythm to a patriotic song (shades of Mao's China, there, Bone Pain Cipro overseas, IMO), and then -- drum roll -- it was time for The Dance of the Math Teachers.
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, Peru's biggest supermarket chain – Wong
– plays up Fiestas Patrias in a big way, sponsoring patriotic events and featuring the "flavors of Peru" during the month-long season. The store's colors are red and white, the colors of the Peruvian flag, Zithromax Pack uk
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Peru is such a service-oriented country that the Wong bagmen will walk you home with your groceries, Zithromax Pack overseas, free of charge (they're probably glad to escape temporarily from the store). We live two blocks from a Wong and usually go there on foot. It's invigorating to step into a busy Lima intersection flanked by a guy dressed like an expert horse wrangler, his white cape fluttering as he and you dodge the suicidal combi buses, Zithromax Pack. (Toro, 500mg Zithromax Pack, toro.)
El Fotógrafo, 250mg Zithromax Pack, El Híjo and I moved from Florida to Peru in July 2007. I was clueless about Fiestas Patrias then; my main focus was adjusting to the shock of its being winter in July. My memories of that first month are of being horribly cold and buying lots of alpaca sweaters and gloves and talking nonstop about la clima en Lima, Zithromax Pack japan. I had sympathy for old people and empathized acutely with one of my husband's elderly relatives, Zithromax Pack paypal, an 80-year-old woman who huddled in a wheelchair during family gatherings and was always complaining about "el frío."
I hear you, sister, I'd be thinking.
In addition to stocking up on more chompas than I had room for in my tiny closet, Zithromax Pack india, I also spent time at Wong browsing for ingredients to make hot chocolate – anything to thaw my blood. Zithromax Pack, That first month, I assumed the Wong bagmen wore these outfits all year round. Zithromax Pack us, It was a letdown in August when the baggers switched to their standard uniforms. The button-down shirts and trousers and red caps looked so drab. I missed the cowboy getup.
Now it's July again. Viva Fiestas Patrias.
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, A tension has been building up all week in our house as Father's Day approaches. This was a low-key holiday for us back in the States -- El Hijo would make El Fotografo a card at the last minute, or I'd haul him off to the mall to buy an electric razor -- but since moving to Peru in '07, Father's Day has grown into an Event. 1000mg Prozac With Alcohol
, This change is partially due to the hoopla that EH's British-Peruvian school makes over Dia del Papá (and over Mother's Day as well). From what I understand, this is common practice at schools in Lima.
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We tore around the department store SagaFalabella along with hundreds of other driven Peruvians, caught up in Father's Day madness. The store was crammed with guy merchandise -- chompas, fancy cellphones, big-screen TVs. In the end (don't tell) we bought him a tracksuit for running in the cold Lima winter days, Prozac With Alcohol.
In true Peruvian fashion, the store personnel wrapped our gift for free using some fastidious method that involved folding the paper so no bit of tape could be seen. After five long minutes, the smallish rectangular package was ready.
Happy Father's Day to all.
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We camped out for three nights (June 6-9) in the valley below receding Qolqepunku Glacier. That dark mountain on the right used to be covered with snow and ice. Once upon a twentieth century... 200mg Zithromax For Std, I look at this photo, and what strikes me is how pleasant and cozy the scene appears. Warm sunlight, plenty of space between campsites.
That's anything but the truth. Climbing out of that tent in the frigidly cold morning was torture. I got dizzy bending over in the high altitude and sort of collapsed onto this chair just minutes before El Fotografo snapped this shot, Zithromax For Std overseas. There is an 11-year-old child inside the zippered tent, refusing to come out after a sleepless night of listening to the nonstop drumming and loudspeaker announcements, Zithromax For Std.
The day this photo was taken pilgrims began swarming the site. Tents were pitched all around us. Zithromax For Std usa, We fenced off our area with wooden poles and rope, but one comparsa insisted that this spot was theirs, and they attempted to bully us into relocating to another space.
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The men in the comparsa (I swear they were the same comparsa who had tried the same thing with us last year) stared down at their feet. Bossy gringa, Zithromax For Std india, they were thinking (or worse).
I was not budging. El Fotografo had set up the camp himself the prior night in the dark, an effort so massive at that altitude that he passed out, face down onto a mat, 150mg Zithromax For Std, for 30 seconds. People do die at Qoyllur Rit'i -- from cold, Zithromax For Std ebay, altitude sickness, over exertion. I wasn't going to risk that scenario again.
My tone of voice must have convinced them, Zithromax For Std. They backed off and started setting up a tent one foot from ours, 50mg Zithromax For Std. A small victory.
By mid-afternoon that day, Zithromax For Std japan, the valley was crammed with tents and people sleeping under tarps. Groups of dancers were stomping in rhythm to bass drums, passing within inches of our tent as they made their way to the glacier. When you lay down in the tent, you could feel the moss-covered ground trembling beneath you, 30mg Zithromax For Std.
By 4 p.m. the sun had disappeared behind the mountain peaks, and breathing in the cold air was like gulping ice cubes. Then to nightfall.
Camping at Qoyllur Rit'i.
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- Doing the Yawar Mayu dance with a dancer from Cusco
, El Fotografo and I were making friend with our camping neighbors -- a comparsa from Cusco -- at the Qoyllur Rit'i pilgrimage last weekend, when suddenly one of the young dancers snatched me by the arm.
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No, Synthroid Depression overseas, because this gringa didn't want to risk having a heart attack by foolishly dancing the "Yawar Mayu" (River of Blood) ritual whipping dance at 15,500 feet above sea level. Synthroid Depression craiglist,
Not even El Fotografo took my objections seriously: "Look, if you want to get your interviews with them, you have to dance." He pushed me into the circle of comparsa members that were looking on.
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So I went along with it: The violin and drum music started up, and the dancer and I swung our whips in the air, Synthroid Depression india, circling one another, as we closed in to whip each other's ankles.
The poor girl had nothing on her legs but thin pantyhose. I gave a few lame cracks, Synthroid Depression canada. Synthroid Depression, "Harder. Harder!" the onlookers yelled.
I staggered around in my preposterous outfit -- with a fully loaded backpack on my shoulders -- and prayed that I wouldn't faint. 1000mg Synthroid Depression, The girl wasn't hitting my legs that hard but my heart began to pound erratically and I was reminded of the arrogant French alpinist who had died at Qoyllur Rit'i in 2007. He tried to run up the mountain and his heart exploded.
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The dance ended, and the girl and I hugged, Synthroid Depression japan, and then, yes, I did get my interview.
I still maintain that I would have gotten it without going through the whipping dance, but EF insists not.
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Back in Lima today after four days and three nights at Qoyllur Rit'i Vitamin A Retin, . 40mg Vitamin A Retin, We got great material (interviews, photos, Vitamin A Retin ebay, 20mg Vitamin A Retin, video), and all of us survived, 30mg Vitamin A Retin, Vitamin A Retin coupon, but it was an ordeal.
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But on the plus side -- we met a great comparsa from Cusco-Santiago, who welcomed us into their rituals and let us understand the remarkable faith that drives pilgrims to make this perilous journey to a glacier's edge.
They even dressed me and El Hijo up as Capac Qolla (rich llama traders) and taught us to dance while cracking a leather whip.
Such is the strange, surreal world of Qoyllur Rit'i.
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