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I like Lavanderia San Antonio for another reason, purely aesthetic. The sign has the same colors as Krispy Kreme, back in the U.S. The red and greenish-blue make me think of greasy glazed donuts, hot from the assembly line.
--Barbara Drake, An American in Lima.
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- An ear of fresh Peruvian choclo
, I've been doing a lot of thinking this week about obesity in the United States vs. weight and nutrition in Peru. We're currently exploring these topics in the conversation class I teach at UPC (see class blog, here
), but really, they've been on my mind since I moved to Peru from Florida in July 2007.
Why is it now normal to be fat in the United States. And why do you rarely see an obese person in Peru.
After living here for two years, I know why: We Americans regularly eat fried, processed foods, 100mg Prozac Buy Europe, many of them in huge qualities. In contrast, Peruvians' regular diet tends to consist of fresh food and dishes made from scratch, Prozac Buy Europe.
In other words: It's a french-fry culture vs. one based on choclo and boiled potatoes.
You can't get away from french fries in the United States. They're served everywhere -- at fast-food joints, in school cafeterias, at sandwich shops, delis and chain restaurants like TGIFridays and Applebees. Prozac Buy Europe, Nowadays, most meals come with them. 200mg Prozac Buy Europe, You have to request an alternative if you want something else like mashed potatoes or coleslaw. French fries are the de facto side in American life.
It's something you don't notice when you live in America because it's part of the landscape, like the signs being in English. But when you live abroad and you return for a visit, the french-fry thing hits you in the face.
Last January El Fotografo, El Hijo and I splurged by going to Disney World for a few days, Prozac Buy Europe. We stayed in a "deluxe" Disney hotel, and there was a cafeteria there. You'd think this being a deluxe hotel, the cafeteria menu would be varied and maybe upscale, Prozac Buy Europe ebay. But, no. It was the same old Disney slop: chicken nuggets, hamburgers, Mickey waffles. Prozac Buy Europe, And, apart from the salads (prepared at a separate station, apart from the "regular" food), every entree came with french fries.
The french fries were even used as crowd control.
While hungry people waited in line for their orders to be prepared, the cooks would hand them a plate of french fries to much on. 10mg Prozac Buy Europe, There'd be a row of 10 to 15 people, and everyone would be chomping on fries. Chomp, chomp. Most were young couples in their late 20s and 30s, with kids in tow, Prozac Buy Europe. The young dads had a good 25 pounds each around the middle. The harried young moms were double-wide. Some of the kids were fat and some of them weren't, and everyone was absent-mindedly sticking french fries in their mouths and chewing and talking about getting in that extra Magic Hour the next morning.
- A Disney Meal photographed by meshmar2 on flikr: Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory at the Port Orleans French Quarter resort in Walt Disney World
It took will power to stand there for ten minutes and to smell the french fries and not to give in. Prozac Buy Europe
, Thank god, I said, when we left French Fry-landia and flew back in Lima. Lima has a thousand and one things wrong with it. But people here aren't shoving french fries in your face every minute, 500mg Prozac Buy Europe
, and they know how to eat sensibly.
Think of the side dishes that accompany traditional Peruvian dishes. Ceviche comes with choclo (Andean corn) and glazed sweet potato. Aji de gallina. Rice, sliced hard-boiled egg and some black olives, Prozac Buy Europe. Sauteed fish. Rice and roasted potatoes.
The only Peruvian dish that's joined at the hip with french fries is lomo saltado, which, Prozac Buy Europe usa, weirdly, mixes the beef and the sauce together with the fries.
It's not as though Peruvians put up with rice and boiled potatoes and sweet potatoes because they can't get anything else. Prozac Buy Europe, They like eating this way. All over Peru, you'll find street vendors selling choclo, and Peruvians will buy an ear and eat it steaming hot on the street, with pleasure and gusto.
This is something that pleases me. A lot.
I don't want to sound sentimental, Prozac Buy Europe paypal. But there have been times in the last two years when I've been in a food market in Peru and I've felt the urge to hug a Peruvian, Prozac Buy Europe. I might be standing at the checkout line in Plaza Vea and behind me, there's a man with a grocery cart full of bags of oranges and pineapples and of potatoes and choclo: this is what he's going to feed his family for the next week. Hurrah, I think. There's a well-off white lady shopping with her Andean maid and regardless of the class differences and racial tensions between them (yep, they're huge), they both agree what good ingredients are. Yeah. Prozac Buy Europe, There's a young working woman in a suit, waiting to purchase her lunch: a slice of causa and a salad and an apple. 250mg Prozac Buy Europe, Alright.
I want to hug these people and say, Keep eating well. Keep the fast-food businesses at bay. Stay normal sized -- and healthy.
Don't go down the path of so many of my countrymen, into the land of extreme weight gain and hypertension and diabetes, a land that I barely recognize from the America of my childhood in the 1960s and '70s when a women's size 8 was normal and people still walked places, Prozac Buy Europe.
As Peru becomes more modernized and U.S. fast-food franchises creep more into Peruvian cities and towns, it likely will become a greater challenge for some Peruvians to avoid overeating fast foods. The students I teach at UPC don't think much of McDonald's (they prefer Bembos burgers), but I've noticed that pizza is big in Lima, Prozac Buy Europe uk, and a few slices pack a lot of calories. Still, as long as Peruvians continue to grow up eating fresh foods in their homes, the addiction to greasy, calorie-laden foods isn't likely to set in.
And it turns out that Peruvians' eating habits aren't just good for Peruvians. Prozac Buy Europe, They're good for everyone on the planet as well. A recent article in CNN noted that Peruvian farmers are now being paid to cultivate their non-GMO potatoes for the world's future food supply.
As global warming alters growing patterns around the world, the GMO crops that have become ubiquitous in many countries won't be able to adapt to climate shifts and will die out. Prozac Buy Europe craiglist, The world will need to bring back sustainable crops that have survived for thousands of years, through droughts and famines and excessive rains -- such as the 3,000 varieties of heirloom potatoes found in Peru.
The article's here, if you care to read it.
Hoorah for the Peruvian potato, for choclo and for all the Peruvian farmers and foodies who may offer a solution for the world's coming food crisis.
Related Link: International Potato Center website
"Cheers for Choclo!" by Marian Blazes, from AboutSouthAmericanFoods.
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How Long Before Retin A Works, "There is still time to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, if we act now and act internationally"
Spent a few hours this morning at a group meeting with Mr. Robin Gwynn, 10mg How Long Before Retin A Works, the U.K's newly appointed special envoy on climate change for vulnerable countries. He came to Lima with spokesperson Kirsty Lewis of the Hadley Center to talk about Peru, climate change and the U.K.'s commitment to helping threatened countries adapt to the environmental crisis. (The image above shows children in Puno being treated for respiratory illnesses in 2008 when record colds induced by climate change led to a rash of mortalities.)
FYI: Peru is one of three countries in the world most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, 30mg How Long Before Retin A Works. Bangladesh and Honduras round out the trio. How Long Before Retin A Works overseas, Sitting in the conference room filled with officials, activists and journalists, I felt singularly aware of my American-ness and of my home country's disastrous record on climate change, How Long Before Retin A Works japan. The United States has no office on climate change, let alone a special envoy to help developing countries cope with the unfolding catastrophe, How Long Before Retin A Works. While Britain and the E.U. How Long Before Retin A Works craiglist, were formulating targets to cut greenhouse emissions in the early 2000s, the Bush administration was busy censoring climate scientists whose work shows that rising greenhouse gas emissions are largely due to human activity.
Obama may be promising to create green jobs in the U.S., How Long Before Retin A Works paypal, but he's inherited a country some of whose citizens are still deeply skeptical of the science of climate change. Many more are apathetic on the issue and believe that it's largely media hype. 500mg How Long Before Retin A Works, In fact, a recent Gallop poll showed that 41 percent of those polled believe the media "greatly exaggerates" the seriousness of global warming, up from 35% in 2008 and 30% in 2007, 30mg How Long Before Retin A Works. How Long Before Retin A Works, The message that climate change is accelerating and growing more serious seems to be lost on many Americans.
Despite these figures, 20mg How Long Before Retin A Works, it is imperative that President Obama and his staff move forward with addressing the real threats that climate change poses to the U.S. and the world.
He could start by addressing the nation on the issue, How Long Before Retin A Works coupon, as Jeremy Hance advocated yesterday on Mongabay. Creating an office on climate change would be a logical next step. Most importantly, notes Denmark's climate change minister, Obama must pass climate change laws ahead of the Copenhagen summit in December, How Long Before Retin A Works. Doing so would set an example to developing nations that would pave the road for success at Cophenhagen -- progress that is imperative for humanity's survival.
If that were to happen, this expat would begin to feel proud to be an American in Lima.
--Barbara R. Drake.
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Word has been out for a while that dwindling meltwater from Peru's tropical glaciers will lead to dire water shortages in 40 years
unless radical measures are taken to find and conserve new sources. Most of the water used along Peru's coastal region, including Lima, originates in the glaciers of the Andes, which are receding due to rapid climate change.
Climate patterns in the southern hemisphere, however, Dangers Of Cipro And Supplements uk, don't worry most U.S. citizens, who mistakenly believe that their own lives will be minimally impacted by climate change.
Changes are coming sooner than they think.
In his first interview, the U.S. Secretary of Energy Stephen Chu is predicting the end of California agriculture and the onset of catastrophic drought in California by the year 2100 unless measures are taken, reports the action group Stop Global Warming:
As the Los Angeles Times reported, "Chu warned of water shortages plaguing the West and Upper Midwest and particularly dire consequences for California, his home state, the nation's leading agricultural producer, Dangers Of Cipro And Supplements. In a worst case, Chu said, up to 90% of the Sierra snowpack could disappear, Dangers Of Cipro And Supplements mexico, all but eliminating a natural storage system for water vital to agriculture."
Read the entire interview with Chu
"I don't think the American public has gripped in its gut what could happen," Chu said. "We're looking at a scenario where there's no more agriculture in California." And, he added, "I don't actually see how they can keep their cities going either."
I'm gratified that Chu is putting climate change at the top of the country's list of priorities. Perhaps now the United States will join the rest of the developed world and take action against this national and global threat. 500mg Dangers Of Cipro And Supplements, It starts with citizens accepting in their "gut," as Chu says, that really bad events can and will unfold in their own environment. Dangers Of Cipro And Supplements, California is highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change because much of it is desert irrigated by Sierra meltwater. In the worst case scenario, 90% of the Sierra snowpack could disappear by the end of the century, which would end farming in California and would imperil life in the cities as well.
While most Americans give little thought to their water supply, writer Joan Didion argues in her 1979 essay "Holy Water" that native Californians obsess over it:
Some of us who live in arid parts of the world think about water with a reverence others might find excessive, 150mg Dangers Of Cipro And Supplements. The water I will draw tomorrow from my tap in Malibu is today crossing the Mojave Desert from the Colorado River, and I like to think about exactly where that water is. ...As it happens my own reverence for water has always taken the form of this constant meditation upon where the water is, of an obsessive interest not in the politics of water but in the waterworks themselves, in the movement of water through aqueducts and siphons and pumps and forebays and afterbays and weirs and drains, in plumbing on the grand scale.
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, California and coastal Peru. Two desert regions that hug the Pacific, are prone to earthquakes, and depend on the melting drip of mountain glaciers to the east.
Two regions that could die of thirst by the end of the century, unless (to quote the American poet Karl Shapiro) we find new ways to "flood the daylong valleys like the Nile."
Here is the complete poem by Shapiro, "California Winter," for those of you like poetry that is both hopeful and dark:
It is winter in California, 750mg Dangers Of Cipro And Supplements, and outside
Is like the interior of a florist shop:
A chilled and moisture-laden crop
Of pink camellias lines the path; and what
Rare roses for a banquet or a bride,
So multitudinous that they seem a glut.
A line of snails crosses the golf-green lawn
From the rosebushes to the ivy bed;
An arsenic compound is distributed
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And leave in a corner of the patio
The little mound of empty shells, like skulls.
By noon the fog is burnt off by the sun
And the world's immensest sky opens a page
For the exercise of a future age;
Now jet planes draw straight lines, parabolas,
And x's, 10mg Dangers Of Cipro And Supplements, which the wind, before they're done,
Erases leisurely or pulls to fuzz.
It is winter in the valley of the vine.
The vineyards crucified on stakes suggest
War cemeteries, but the fruit is pressed,
The redwood vats are brimming in the shed,
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For which bright juice a billion grapes have bled.
And skiers from the snow line driving home
Descend through almond orchards, olive farms.
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The imagination of the wintertime, Dangers Of Cipro And Supplements.
If the walls were older one would think of Rome:
If the land were stonier one would think of Spain.
But this land grows the oldest living things,
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Beautiful they are not; they oppress the heart
With gigantism and with immortal wings;
And yet one feels the sumptuousness of this dirt.
It is raining in California, a straight rain
Cleaning the heavy oranges on the bough,
Filling the gardens till the gardens flow,
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Flooding the daylong valleys like the Nile.
CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACT ON THE WATER RESOURCES FROM THE MOUNTAINS IN PERU
by Pierre Chevallier, Bernard Pouyaud and Wilson Suarez (Global Forum on Sustainable Development, Paris, Nov. 11-12, 2004)
Holy Water (1979), essay by Joan Didion
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Weight Loss Acomplia, Some interesting recent posts by bloggers who write about Peru and Peruvians abroad. Hard times in the United States are devastating families there and ratcheting up anti-immigrant sentiment.
Rachel in Peru looks at the longstanding Peruvian legal tradition that permits renters to stay in a home or property for up to three years without paying rent before evicting them. Peru's pro-tenant policy contrasts sharply with eviction laws in the United States, Weight Loss Acomplia ebay, which generally grant a 30-day reprieve, at most, 500mg Weight Loss Acomplia, before kicking out tenants on the street.
Drawing contrasts between the two legal approaches is timely given the thousands of homeowners in the United States who are being booted out of their homes due to foreclosure. Some distressed homeowners are fighting back by squatting in their foreclosed homes, Weight Loss Acomplia.
Film director Mitch Teplitsky of the Soy Andina blog links to a must-read story from the Philadelphia Inquirer on a 22-year-old Peruvian-American woman who is being deported to Peru. Giselle Torres left Peru at age three with her family to escape from death threats from Shining Path members. The family entered the U.S, 250mg Weight Loss Acomplia. legally in 1990, but their asylum status was reversed in 1999, Weight Loss Acomplia australia, after capture of Shining Path leaders in Peru, and the family was ordered to return to Peru in 2002.
Since then, Giselle's parents have been deported to Peru, 40mg Weight Loss Acomplia, orphaning Giselle's American-born brother, herself and her younger sister (who married an American-born soldier stationed in Iraq). Now Giselle is being ordered to return to Peru as well -- an event that is making headlines in the U.S. Weight Loss Acomplia, press because the young woman embodies the American success story. 1000mg Weight Loss Acomplia, She recently graduated with honors from Rutgers University, has a long record of community service, and is married to her college sweetheart, a U.S, Weight Loss Acomplia japan. citizen.
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Now it is Gisell who may suffer for the risk her parents took to protect her. She has a Social Security card, yet resides in limbo.
"I never really thought about my status, Weight Loss Acomplia mexico, whether I was a citizen," Torres told [Yant] last week in a sniffly interview. 750mg Weight Loss Acomplia, "I'm an American. That's all I've ever been."
I sympathize with the Torres family, but some readers are cheering the deportations, to judge from spiteful comments left on the Philly.com site. Ugly business, this anti-immigrant sentiment that's fermenting in the United States.
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- Retin A Treatment, The napkin is my witness: Notes from my Dec. 20 conversation about climate change with reporter Jim DeFede
Reporter Jim DeFede and I were office buddies at Miami New Times back in the mid-90s. He sat in his tiny cubicle, digging up dirt on crooked politicians and fending off threats from the angry subjects of his no-holds-barred exposés.
I sat a few seats behind DeFede at the copy editing desk, tidying up commas and occasionally contributing a feature story on something offbeat, like full-moon drumming circles on South Beach.
We were two very different writers; he was a hard facts, investigative guy who'd risk anything to expose corruption in high places. I was a cultural critic and short story writer without a muckraking bone in my body.
Besides being a fierce reporter, DeFede is blunt, funny and opinionated -- qualities that enabled him several years ago to reinvent himself as a South Florida television TV news reporter and a talk-radio host. 1000mg Retin A Treatment, I hadn't seen him for years when we bumped into each other in December at a Christmas party for the Miami Herald.
He was still the same old DeFede: big, sarcastic and sharp as a whip. I figured he'd be interested in my recent focus as a writer -- investigating melting glaciers and climate change in the Andes, Retin A Treatment. Granted, my getting the scoop on ukukus as Qoyllur Rit'i isn't as juicy as his catching Miami-Dade politicos red-handed.
Still, I expected my friend to be concerned about climate change. After all, he lives in South Florida where rising temperatures in the Atlantic are predicted to create larger and longer-lasting storms throughout this century. And then there's the nasty business of Florida's already-eroding shoreline, which will be in bigger trouble as Arctic ice melts and feeds more water into the oceans, Retin A Treatment us. Talk about a major story. Retin A Treatment, But the topic made his eyes glaze over.
"Oh, that," he said.
- NRDC map showing predicted impacts of climate change on Florida (click on image to enlarge)
"You don't believe in climate change?" I asked quickly, my Denier Radar on alert.
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"What about rising sea waters?"
"Hah, Retin A Treatment. Hah!" he barked into my face. "You tell me when the sea level is going to rise? When. Huh?" DeFede was shouting at me -- all 300-plus pounds of him -- over the raucous bar music in the other room.
Through an archway I caught a glimpse of Dave Barry and other Herald staffers doing a cramped version of the Twist. Retin A Treatment, "In five years?" he continued. "Fifty. A hundred?"
"They are rising and they will rise more, Jim." I was trying to fight two contradictory urges -- one to laugh, 200mg Retin A Treatment, the other to smack him.
"Tell me when."
"Scientists can't say exactly when. Definitely by the end of the century."
"So what. I'll be dead by then!"
I got out a napkin, Retin A Treatment. "I'm writing this down. I want it on record that today, December 20, 2008, Jim DeFede laughed in my face when I said sea levels in Florida could rise in his lifetime." (See photo above.)
"You wait, 50mg Retin A Treatment, " I said, waving the napkin threateningly. "The sea level is going to become a problem in Florida faster than you think, and then you'll realize that I was right and you were wrong and there."
"Hah" he said one last time.
Then he started talking to El Fotografo about the weird stout beer that EF had ordered that tasted like sewer water.
So much for my attempts to rouse a Miami reporter's interests in the future effects of climate change on his environment. Retin A Treatment, That encounter forced me to admit an uncomfortable truth: Most Americans do not care about climate change and do not believe it will affect them. My friend is smart and engaged -- no, make that embroiled in current events. If someone like him thinks global warming is unimportant, what about the millions of uninformed people in the United States. How is the current Administration going to press upon them the importance of the issue, 20mg Retin A Treatment, let alone coerce them into changing their lifestyles to reduce emissions?
Glaciologist Lonnie Thompson told me last year that people only tend to respond to a crisis when it's in their backyard. He's got a point. The psychological mechanisms of denial and procrastination are strong in our species. In the case of global climate change, however, the scale of the problem is so huge and catastrophic, we cannot afford to wait until the flood tides are lapping at our front doorstep, Retin A Treatment. Mitigation has to start now.
And it's up to reporters, bloggers and informed people to stay on message and reiterate the obvious:
The coastline of Florida will be transformed by 2100 due to the effects of climate change. And if we do not start caring about and addressing the problem now, our generation will be remembered as The Jerks Who Stood By and Did Nothing.
Are you still with me. Here's some useful reading material to bone up on the facts:
1. Retin A Treatment, Less than two months ago, it was announced that climate change was going to impact the United States harder and sooner than previously predicted:
A recent report released by the U.S. 40mg Retin A Treatment, Geological Survey paints abrupt climactic shifts, including a more rapid climate change with global sea level increases of up to four feet by the year 2100 and arid climatic shifts in the North American Southwest by mid-century.
Previous estimates anticipated a global sea level rise of 1.5 feet by the end of the century. The current survey, commissioned by the U.S. Climate Change Science Program, estimated that the compounding effects of the loss of Arctic Sea ice will more than double previous projections by the end of the century. (See "American Shores Face Threat of Rising Sea Levels," AP, Dec, Retin A Treatment. 26, 2008)
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3. A 2001 report by the National Resources Defense Council lists some of the threats global warming poses for Florida's people and resources by 2100, including:
- As glaciers melt and warming waters expand, sea levels will rise anywhere from eight inches to two-and-a-half feet over the next century. In Florida, seawater will advance inland as much as 400 feet in low-lying areas, flooding shoreline homes and hotels, Retin A Treatment craiglist, limiting future development, and eroding the state's beloved beaches.
- As salt water encroaches inland, freshwater supplies feeding Florida's cities, agriculture, and tourist centers will be at risk of saltwater contamination.
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- Global warming will pose specific health threats to Florida's citizens, likely increasing the incidence of heat-related illness, exacerbating poor air quality, and perhaps even making it easier for infectious diseases to spread. Florida's seniors will be particularly susceptible to these effects.
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The planet will soon reach a "tipping point" of damage to the climate, Gore told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. (Click here for CNN news brief, Gore Warns of Damage to Climate Change), Prozac Effect On Teens.
If the United States -- the world's biggest per-capita producer of greenhouse gases -- doesn't get on board with cutting emissions drastically, Prozac Effect On Teens ebay, the world's climate will heat up to levels that may not be able to support life as we know it, scientists say.
Meanwhile, as Gore testified, Republican staffers "handed out a statement contending that there are "significant objections" to claims about climate change, 150mg Prozac Effect On Teens, " reports CNN. "The document, which did not name Gore, said there is 'a continued international outpouring of skeptical scientists' along with research 'to refute warming fears.' "
Give me a break. The global-warming deniers are still trying to plug Americans' ears to the 10,000-decibel chorus of assent by 99.9% of the world's scientists, including those who won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, Prozac Effect On Teens overseas, that human-induced climate change is imperiling the planet. Prozac Effect On Teens, Only in the United States is any doubt still being manufactured. At this point, such a farce is criminal. But every day that U.S. citizens hesitate to switch over to sustainable lifestyles is another day that millions of dollars is raked in by products, industries and services based on fossil fuels. Prozac Effect On Teens india, Now that I live in Peru -- where the effects of global warming are in your face, where potato farmers you meet in the Andes talk about the effects of climate change on their crop cycles, where people in cities are switching to alternative fuel systems for their cars -- the United States' recalcitrance to enter the 21st century is glaringly apparent.
Oddly, when I lived in the United States, I felt as though I lived on the cutting-edge of progress and technological advances. Now that I'm in the Southern Hemisphere (where Brazil is leading the way with alternative energies), the infrastructure of the U.S.A, Prozac Effect On Teens. appears dated and dangerously out of sync with the needs of the planet, Prozac Effect On Teens canada. I never thought I'd feel like this: the American way of life seems like a tottering old dinosaur, something unwieldy and about to collapse.
In December, El Fotografo, El Hijo and I spent 12 days in Florida. Prozac Effect On Teens paypal, It was like being back in 1990. Prozac Effect On Teens, The roads were full of new cars. Brand new cars. People drove everywhere -- in Miami, in Orlando, in northern Florida. Only in South Beach did people walk, it seemed, Prozac Effect On Teens usa. I barely saw anyone outside of Miami Beach travel by any means other than a car.
I saw one Prius on the road, Prozac Effect On Teens. Every service station was pumping gas, gas, gas.
The people I talked to were worried, 10mg Prozac Effect On Teens, but not about the environment. They were worried about their jobs, whether they would have one in the new year. The anxiety of being jobless percolated in my conversations with reporters, editors, adjunct professors, supermarket clerks, 750mg Prozac Effect On Teens. Prozac Effect On Teens, Given the state of the U.S. economy, their fears are justified. But what struck me as odd, anachronistic, was the utter absence of concern about what the effects of climate change might do to them. Prozac Effect On Teens australia, That denial was voiced outright by an old friend of mine whom I ran into at an Xmas party in Miami in December.
His comments typify many Americans' attitude toward climate change and personal responsibility. In fact, the story about my friend is so telling, I'll devote my next post to it.
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- Amoxicillin Side Effect, Anderson Cooper wants to inform Americans about pollution at La Oroya, but viewers appear more interested in his hairstyle
I learn some surprising things managing this blog.
Like: Many people spend time online researching men's haircuts. I think these people are mainly guys looking for a new look, although they could be search-engine-savvy hairstylists hoping to replicate certain cuts in their salon.
This blog strayed into Men's Hairstyles SEO when I posted on El Fotografo's search for the Anderson Cooper haircut in a Lima salon, a quest that resulted in his getting scalped last month. As my post describes, 40mg Amoxicillin Side Effect, EF secretly decided to go for The Silver Fox look after misinterpreting a remark I made while watching the CNN "Planet in Peril: Battle Lines" segment on La Oroya.
As EF later found out, my secret wish was for him to get his hair cut like Daniel Craig, not like AC.
Fast-forward one month later: El Fotografo's military cut has finally, finally grown out to resemble the Anderson Cooper 'do he originally requested, and my blog keeps attracting traffic from people whose Google searches read "I want a Daniel Craig haircut" and "Anderson Cooper + haircut + hot."
Sigh, Amoxicillin Side Effect. 200mg Amoxicillin Side Effect, This blog covers serious stuff like melting glaciers and toxic smelting plants but more often than I plan, it veers into the realm of the absurd. It would be easy to blame those digressions on "weird" Peru but that wouldn't be fair. I am the culprit. I digress because I'm intrigued by how one idea engenders another, and because I'm curious about what prompts people to visit An American in Lima, intentionally or not, Amoxicillin Side Effect japan.
For the sake of the 127 people who visited this blog hoping to take a few grooming tips from Anderson Cooper and Daniel Craig, here are 10 random factoids about AC's short cut and his grey hair (I'll post on Craig soon):
1. The most boring activity Amoxicillin Side Effect, Anderson Cooper can think of is having his hair cut, he admits.
2. Anderson gets his hair cut every three weeks. Amoxicillin Side Effect australia, 3. The Silver Fox pays $15 for a haircut at a Chelsea barbershop, according to Page Six. (Note: Cooper's mom is a Vanderbilt, Amoxicillin Side Effect. $$$$$.)
4. The About.com men's hair expert categorizes Cooper's haircut as "The Classic Ivy League." The low-maintence style is ideal for busy men, like reporters, 150mg Amoxicillin Side Effect, who want to look well groomed while spending little time on their hair.
5. Cooper's short cut is ideal for youthful-looking guys who've gone prematurely grey because the style focuses attention on the face, not on the scalp, Amoxicillin Side Effect paypal, claims Celebrity Lifestyle Tips.
6. Cooper occasionally fantasizes about getting a Mohawk Amoxicillin Side Effect, but doubts that CNN would permit it, AC told Blender in 2005.
7. Pop-culture blogger Pink Sheep of the Family started nasty rumors in April 2008 that Anderson was sporting a Donald Duck haircut and that The Silver Fox had hair implants to cover his baldness. Commenters took the blogger to task, asserting the AC's hair is both real and thick.
8, 10mg Amoxicillin Side Effect. Cooper's hair began turning grey at age 20, he explains in an excellent essay originally published in Details magazine in 2003, Amoxicillin Side Effect.
9. While on Jay Leno's show in August 2007, Anderson Cooper compared going prematurely grey to experiencing a common male sexual problem: "I started [getting gray hair when I was] young," he said to Leno. 1000mg Amoxicillin Side Effect, "It’s like premature ejaculation. You know it can happen but when it happens to you, it’s kind of a shock.”
10. A hairstylist who has cut the hair of Anderson Cooper and Bill Clinton (I don't think it's the $15-a-haircut guy on 8th and 23rd) will be teaching courses at the $22 million Academy for Hair and Skin Amoxicillin Side Effect, by Elan Sassoon (son of Vidal) in Sept. 2009 in Boston. So if you want to know how the cut is achieved, all you have to do is move to Boston and enroll in the younger Sassoon's school and become a hairstylist, 40mg Amoxicillin Side Effect.
I think, or rather, I hope that I have exhausted the subject of Anderson Cooper's hair for this blog. (Then again, Amoxicillin Side Effect india, you never know.)
However, as an added bonus for serious information seekers. here is a super-useful link to a roundup of current celebrity haircuts that would look good on normal guys too. Take your styling cue from Brad Pitt, Justin Timberlake, Ty Pennington, Anderson Cooper, Lenny Kravitz or Adrian Grenier. Link http://celebrityhairstyles.lifetips.com/cat/65561/male-celebrity-hairstyles/
Link: The Haircut (El Fotografo gets sheared) -- the story that started it all.
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How Long Before Side Effect Tetracycline, The slow-motion collapse of the U.S. economy is harming consumers and businesses across the country -- well, almost every business that is.
One industry is enjoying big sales gains thanks to the stress experienced by ordinary working people. North American sales of "savory snacks" (potato chips, Cheetos, How Long Before Side Effect Tetracycline australia, etc.) by Frito-Lay are up 9% for the third qurater, reports Potato Pro, "your source for all things potato."
Sales rose despite hikes in gas and ingredient prices and lowered earnings for Americans. (Some companies made up for the higher costs by switching to smaller bags.)
Potato Pro jefe Paul van Eijck thinks the trend is only going to accelerate. As the U.S, How Long Before Side Effect Tetracycline. How Long Before Side Effect Tetracycline japan, economy worsens, stressed-out Americans will binge more on junk food. To quote van Eijck:
Hooray. Americans are being booted out of their homes and losing their retirement savings, but as long as they continue to stuff themselves with Pringles, all is right with the U.S.A, 30mg How Long Before Side Effect Tetracycline. -- right folks.
How Long Before Side Effect Tetracycline, And if you believe that stress result in more excessive consumption of snacks, the market may start to look even better.
It's always illuminating to learn how the corporate world thinks.
My connection with Potato Pro goes way back -- to October 2008. (Read my post here.) I never intended to feature their insiders' newsletter on my blog, but since they rushed me into their fraternity last month, 40mg How Long Before Side Effect Tetracycline, I haven't had a choice but to receive bulletins on the state of the savory snack industry.
I figured I would pass the news on to my readers. Here's the Nov. 24 newsletter item in full:
Since both Frito-Lay and Procter and Gamble just reported recent financial data I thought this was a good time to see how the savory snack market is holding up in the current economic downturn.
If one company is a good indicator of what is happening in the global snack market it is Frito-Lay, How Long Before Side Effect Tetracycline. Just have a look at the global market share of Frito-lay; It is more than 10 times the market share of Number two, Procter and Gamble, How Long Before Side Effect Tetracycline india, the manufacturer of Pringles.
Frito-Lay reported for the 3rd quarter a 9% revenue growth in North America, resulting from double-digit growth at Tostitos, Ruffles and Cheetos and high-single-digit growth in trademark Lay's and Doritos. How Long Before Side Effect Tetracycline canada, Profit was up 6% and volume 1.5%. Frito-lay managed to pass on (most of the) higher oil and fuel costs (by increasing prices and reducing packaging sizes) without suffering a loss of overall volume. How Long Before Side Effect Tetracycline, In the Middle East/Africa/Asia (MEAA) segment Frito-Lay reported a snack volume growth of 9 percent, led by double-digit growth in the Middle East, China, and India. The snacks business in Turkey grew high- single-digits, while Australia experienced a low-single-digit decline, primarily due to increased pricing.
For Europe Frito-Lay refers to unfavorable circumstances and volumes growth in the low single digits, 50mg How Long Before Side Effect Tetracycline. In the UK, low-single-digit growth at Walkers reflected the success of the value-added "Walkers' Brit Trips" promotion and solid pricing execution and cost control to offset significant commodity input costs. Strong top-line growth in the rest of Europe was led by high- teens snack growth in Russia and by mid-single-digit snack growth in the Netherlands.
Pepsico has initiated a "productivity program" and part of this program is a reduction of the workforce with 3300 (keep in mind Pepsico has 185.000 employees!), of which 300 in Frito-Lay, How Long Before Side Effect Tetracycline. Most jobs will be lost at Frito-Lays headquarters in Plano, 750mg How Long Before Side Effect Tetracycline, but Frito-Lay also announced two plant closures: Closure of the Frito-Lay plant in Mission (Texas) and Closure of the Frito-Lay plant in Pointe Claire, Canada (Qc).
The second largest savoury snack manufacturer globally is Procter and Gamble. Procter and Gamble reports for its fiscal first quarter (July-September) that snacks volume increased mid-single digits due to double- digit growth in North America behind strong base business growth of Pringles and continued growth from Pringles Extreme Flavors and Stix initiatives.
Although some of Frito-Lay's and Procter and Gambles gains could have been at the expense of smaller local snack manufacturers, I interpret these results as a rather positive sign about how the snack market could hold up in a challenging economic situation. Especially if you keep in mind that price increases of ingredients and fuel are easing if not reversing, 150mg How Long Before Side Effect Tetracycline. How Long Before Side Effect Tetracycline, And if you believe that stress result in more excessive consumption of snacks, the market may start to look even better.
Paul van Eijck
This information makes me want to cut down on my consumption of Lay's and Pringles immediately. Line the pockets of savory-snack CEOs.
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--Barbara R. Drake.
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Here's an offbeat story from today's El Comercio that just begged to be translated into English for this blog:
"Peruvian Hairless Dog Offered to Obama's Family"
A Peruvian Tenant in the White House?
EFE: An offer of a Peruvian hairless dog has been made to the family of Barack Obama, whose daughter Malia suffers from pet allergies.
A hairless Peruvian dog will be offered as a pet to the family of the president-elect of the United States, Barack Obama.
Claudia Galvez, president of the Association of Friends of Hairless Peruvian Dogs, reported that tomorrow she will send a letter to the Peruvian Embassy in Washington, D.C., to inquire if the new president is ready to give shelter to a symbol of Peru.
"The hairless dogs are hypoallergenic, do not have fleas, have no hair, and, futhermore, have been known to cure inflammatory diseases such as asthma, arthritis and rheumatism," said Galvez to the agency EFE.
Galvez was encouraged to make the offer in response to Obama's statement last Friday about the importance of selecting the right pet for his family due to his daughter's allergies.
The Peruvian hairless dog, 10mg Indomethacin And Colchicine For Gout, 20mg Indomethacin And Colchicine For Gout, the only one of pre-Hispanic origin in South America, is devoid of hair resulting from a syndrome known as ectodermal hypoplasia, Indomethacin And Colchicine For Gout coupon. Indomethacin And Colchicine For Gout usa, The dogs also lack premolars and lose most of their teeth at an early age.
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Kidney Infection Cipro, President-elect Barack Obama campaigned on a promise to grant amnesty to the 12 million undocumented aliens living in the United States. Now many wonder if he will live up to that promise.
A recent news item from the Andina news agency, summarized by Living in Peru staffers, reports:
Peruvians living in the United States hope that America's next president Barack Obama will grant amnesty for undocumented immigrants, as part of a new immigration policy that would benefit millions of immigrants, 30mg Kidney Infection Cipro.
”This would help to legalize the immigration status of some 12 million undocumented aliens living in the United States”, said July Rojas, president of the Consultative Council of Peruvians in New York, where about 600, Kidney Infection Cipro india, 000 Peruvians live.
In a phone interview with Andina news agency, Rojas pointed out that the whole Latino community in the U.S. expects that Democrat Obama will keep his promise to put law I-245 into force again, Kidney Infection Cipro.
Through this law, which was rendered no longer valid at the end of Bill Clinton's administration, any immigrant can become a resident only at the request of a relative living legally in the United States, 150mg Kidney Infection Cipro.
In addition, she said it is necessary that illegal immigrants have some basic benefits such as access to health insurance and education in public universities, where they are still not admitted because of their illegal immigration status.
Judging by reader comments
on the Living in Peru site, many observers doubt Obama will push the bill through. 100mg Kidney Infection Cipro
, Pessimists argue that the labor unions, who influence Democratic politics, are opposed to amnesty, and that support from Congress is divided.
"mucho confundo" notes:
Congress is divided on immigration reform, and not along party lines either, Kidney Infection Cipro japan. Kidney Infection Cipro, President Bush, John McCain, Ted Kennedy and Barack Obama all supported citizenship path for illegal immigrants but couldnt get it through because states with strong organized labor factions opposed it.
"David N" adds:
No matter the pros and cons, amnesty for illegals remains political suicide. It won't happen anytime soon, if ever.
But "bob ward" offers a different twist:
You are all forgetting the first rule of politics: Get the tough stuff out of the way EARLY, so people will forget before the next election. That is why an immigration bill will be passed soon within a few months.
Observers' comments on Living in Peru and other sites showcase the passions and deep divisions that immigration reform inspires. As I listen to the opinions of both those who support and those who oppose immigration reform, Kidney Infection Cipro ebay
, I am struck by two facts: (1) most of us in the world work for a living and therefore have many of the same needs; and (2) the way that the immigration debate is framed in the U.S. obscures the underlying causes of the immigration crisis and therefore prevents many people from recognizing how we might solve it.
After more than two decades of stagnant wages, the exportation of key industries (manufacturing, steel) overseas, and the loss of millions of blue-collar and now white-collar jobs, American workers are in deep trouble, 500mg Kidney Infection Cipro. Fair working conditions, steady employment and true living wages should be the rights of every working person in the United States. However, no large-scale political movement has coalesced around these issues to effectively sway legislation.
The corporations who slash their workforces, outsource jobs overseas and cut U.S, Kidney Infection Cipro. workers' wages have not been held accountable by the government, which has refused to interfere with business. Kidney Infection Cipro us, For two decades, that's just been "business as usual." The declining living standards and hardships endured by American workers have been considered "unavoidable" casualties of the free market system, which is enshrined in US economic policy.
The mantra of "low wages for workers" and "high dividends for stockholders" is rarely challenged.
Corporations whine that they cannot afford to pay workers more (while they pay out million-dollar bonuses to their CEOs). Kidney Infection Cipro, Instead, many have built their businesses on the backs of illegal immigrants, who are easily exploited because of their undocumented status.
Both U.S, Kidney Infection Cipro overseas. citizens and illegal immigrants are abused by corporate practices and the government's "hands-off" policies, but American citizens rarely blame these entities. Instead, they tend to misdirect their anger at the immigrants. Kidney Infection Cipro canada, And this anger is growing at a frighteningly exponential rate.
If Americans would band together around their common needs -- for good-paying secure jobs, affordable housing and healthcare -- and demand that these basics be recognized as rights, you'd have a platform for instituting true change in the U.S.
But as long as Americans remain enslaved to the ideology that the market determines corporate and government policies, they will never solve the underlying problems that have created the illegal immigrant crisis.
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Figures from Peru's National Statistics Institute (INEI) show that increasing numbers of former expatriate Peruvians are returning to live again in Peru.
The immigration numbers from August 2008 alone show a signficant rise in Peruvians choosing to repatriate. 10mg Acomplia From Seashells, About 12.7% more Peruvians (180,000 people) left other countries to return to Peru in August 2008 than did expatriate Peruvians in August 2007.
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A 12.7 percent increase was registered in the number of Peruvians that returned to the Andean country in August 2008 when compared to the same month in 2007.
According to the country's National Statistics Institute (INEI), over 180, 150mg Acomplia From Seashells,000 Peruvians returned to the country during this month.
The study dubbed "The Evolution and migratory movement of Peruvians" also revealed that between January and August 2008, 6.4 percent more Peruvians returned to their homeland than in the same period in 2007, Acomplia From Seashells. 500mg Acomplia From Seashells, Of the citizens that returned, it was reported that 47 percent came from Chile, 14.5 percent from the United States, Acomplia From Seashells usa, 6.5 percent from Ecuador, Acomplia From Seashells overseas, 6.1 percent from Bolivia, 4.1 percent from Colombia and 3.9 percent from Argentina among other nations.
50.5 percent of those that returned were men while 49.5 percent were women, 30mg Acomplia From Seashells.
Other INEI studies revealed that more foreigners were visiting Peru as well. Acomplia From Seashells mexico, Just under 220,000 foreigners came into the country in August 2008, an 11 percent increase when compared to the same month in 2007, 20mg Acomplia From Seashells.
The majority of the foreigners came from Chile - 34.4 percent and from the United States - 24.2 percent.
The rest came from Ecuador (13.2%), Bolivia (11.5%), Spain (8.5%), and Colombia (5.8%) among other countries.
These numbers indicate a substantial reversal of the trend from the 1980's and '90s, which saw large numbers of Peruvians flee their country during the brutal years of terrorist attacks, which were accompanied by hyper-inflation and lack of job opportunities.
No doubt Peru's today's growing economy and relative political stability are enticing Peruvians back to the nest.
Sounds like an exodus to me.
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By Barbara R. Drake
On Sunday I posted Part I of "Should Americans Consider Moving to Peru?" (click here for link).
I floated the idea, proposed to me by a Scandinavian expat who's lived in the United States as well, that because Peru and the United States are so dissimilar, it's difficult to evaluate which country's lifestyle is better. In her words, Peru and the United States are "different realities."
A Peruvian in New Jersey comments that he agrees with the Scandinavian expat: "For forty years I have been trying to explain the Peruvian culture to Americans." He points out that the metaphysician Carlos Castaneda, who wrote the bestseller "A Separate Reality," was himself Peruvian, Amoxicillin Clav coupon.
(Actually, much of Castaneda's life and authenticity as an anthropologist are under debate; his 12 books, however, are still damned good reads!)
Castaneda's Don Juan books explore Native American thought systems and practices that appear "illogical" (some might say "magical") from the standpoint of mainstream, Western society. This illogic is an aspect of Peruvian life that I find deeply intriguing, Amoxicillin Clav.
However, before I write about the singular, otherworldly differences between the two countries, Amoxicillin Clav canada, I'd like to list a few of the more tangible contrasts: living standards and economic prospects. Weighing some of those factors, it might be possible for an American to decide in favor of or against the expat life in Peru.
PERU – YA, ES DIFFERENTE
Could the average American adapt easily to life in Peru, I've been asked.
Consider these obvious differences:
- You have to speak another language (Spanish);
- You must use a different measuring system (metric) and currency (Peruvian sol);
- You must adapt to a reversal in seasons (winter in Peru is summer in the U.S. Amoxicillin Clav, and vice versa), which can be disconcerting;
- You're south of the equator so water flushes down the toilet in the opposite direction; the night sky is peppered with unfamiliar constellations.
Then there are the glaring gaps in sanitation and basic infrastructure in Peru:
- You can't drink the tap water (most people buy filtered water);
- Many people in rural Peru have no running water at all;
- Roads in the capital and the countryside are full of holes, and;
- There is no separate traffic police (hence people drive chaotically).
Some of these differences are so radical, they would convince many Americans to stay put in the U.S., even with foreclosures signs springing up all over the country.
DE-COUPLING FROM CONSUMERISM
Another shock for Americans (good or bad, depending on your perspective) is Peru's relative isolation from consumer culture. There are far fewer stores in Peru, 250mg Amoxicillin Clav, with a vastly reduced array of buying options. Lots of what you do see sold in department stores like Saga Falabella or Ripley is cheap stuff imported from China, but sold at two to three times what you'd pay for it in the U.S.
For an American citizen accustomed to zipping from Bloomingdales to Target to Tuesday Morning, the comparative lack of good shopping can induce frustration and even anger. This might sound like a superficial complaint, but it's remarkable, as an American expat, to discover how much we Americans take for granted being able to walk into a store and find whatever we are looking for, Amoxicillin Clav. Try looking in Peru for a replacement for your broken coffee pot – you'll be told it will take "two to three months" to arrive in the store (as I was told by Hiraoke in August).
On the plus side, as El Fotógrafo likes to point out, Amoxicillin Clav craiglist, you tend to spend a lot less money in Peru because you often can't find what you are looking for. In the end, you may improvise a solution from what you already have in your home.
MORE POVERTY THAN THE U.S., BUT PERU'S POVERTY MAY BE DECREASING, WHILE THAT IN U.S. Amoxicillin Clav, IS INCREASING
On the face of it, Peru would seem to be a worse place to live because it has a higher poverty level (39% in 2008) than does the United States (12.5% in 2007, according to U.S. Census). Poverty is especially acute in remote rural areas of Peru, where subsistence farming of potatoes and maize is the norm and adverse climatic events associated with global warming have made crops less plentiful.
However, 1000mg Amoxicillin Clav, when you compare historical trends, poverty in the United States is on the rise while in Peru it has decreased in the last decade.
In recent years the number of U.S. households classified as "poor" has risen substantially, with millions of working and middle class Americans slipping into poverty, Amoxicillin Clav.
The Census Bureau reported in August that the official poverty rate in the United States rose in 2007 to 12.5 percent, compared to 12.3 percent the previous year. According to the bureau's American Community Survey, last year 37.3 million Americans were living below the income level, which, 50mg Amoxicillin Clav, according to the U.S. government, signifies poverty.
This is an increase of 800,000, or 2 percent, over the official U.S. Amoxicillin Clav, poverty level for 2006.
According to official government figures in Peru (which may or may not be accurate), poverty has been reduced substantially in the past decade. In 2004, Amoxicillin Clav japan, it was slightly under 50 percent, in 2006 it was at 45 percent, and in 2008 it is at 39 percent.
Alan García's government has pledged to reduce poverty to less than 10 percent in eight years, a projection that analysts and many Peruvians view with extreme skepticism.
MIDDLE CLASS IN PERU VS. UNITED STATES
While it is unlikely that Peru will hoist millions of its poorest citizens out of poverty in the next ten years, the country already is seeing a rise in the number of people classified as "middle class."
While it is difficult to find hard figures, especially since many Peruvians underreport their incomes to avoid paying quarterly taxes, a rising middle class is apparent in Lima and smaller cities, Amoxicillin Clav.
A 2003 working paper from The Food Industry Center, University of Missouri, Amoxicillin Clav ebay, co-authored by Benjamin Senauer and Linda Goetz, identifies a growing middle-class market in Lima, with 20% of the city's households falling into the middle or upper-class category. In the early 2000s, an annual income of $6,000 was required for an emerging middle-class lifestyle in Lima, say Senauer and Goetz.
The growth in Peru's middle class was reflected in the passage of the 2007 US-Peru "free trade" agreement. This legislation was orchestrated to enable U.S. Amoxicillin Clav, companies to sell to Peru's "rapidly growing" middle class, according to a Dec. 2007 press release from USDA acting Agriculture Secretary Chuck Conner, 200mg Amoxicillin Clav.
SO WHAT'S GOING ON.
As these figures suggest, people in the United States enjoy a better infrastructure, more material goods and less nationwide poverty.
However, prosperity for ordinary Americans is contracting radically, something that hasn't been seen on this scale since the Great Depression.
Peru, Amoxicillin Clav india, on the other hand, is expanding economically, and its middle class is rising. You don't need as much money here to live a middle-class lifestyle, and that can be attractive for expats with money to start their own business or with good job prospects (teaching, US Embassy jobs).
If you are willing to learn Spanish and can put up with the traffic and the grey Lima skies, Peru might be an option if you are eager to leave the United States.
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Today my opinion piece " Buy Clomid Uk, Escaping the U.S. Credit Nightmare" appears in the Sunday Miami Herald, Money section (10/12/08).
The teaser reads: "An American who now lives in Peru finds that she no longer must fend off unwanted offers for credit cards and loans," which highlights one of the unanticipated benefits I gained from our move to Lima last year.
That benefit might entice some overwhelmed Americans to consider moving to Peru to experience a reprieve from credit offers or to weather out the economic crisis. I've heard from several friends, and a few strangers, Buy Clomid Uk uk, that the idea has crossed their minds in the last month.
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Some of the comments have been made jokingly: "Hey, Barb, the way the economy's going, we might all join you in Lima sooner or later."
One longtime friend in Miami bluffs that she's going to bring her husband and two kids – AND their three dogs and six cats, Buy Clomid Uk.
I e-mailed her back: The dogs can stay out back with our Lab Lola. The cats – well, they might want to stay behind in Florida.
According to El Filósofo, people in parts of Peru eat cats. Buy Clomid Uk paypal, The dish is called seco de gato, a specialty of towns like Chincha and Canete (see link at bottom of post). Buy Clomid Uk, I don't think Fluffy and Butterscotch would feel at home in a country that serves their species for dinner.
Other inquiries from fellow Americans are more serious. How is the economy in Peru. How far does the dollar go. How does Peru compare to Uruguay, for instance, which has less poverty and a bigger middle class, Buy Clomid Uk mexico. Is it true that you can get a live-in maid for less than $200 a month, Buy Clomid Uk. (Answer to maid question: yes.)
A graduate student at a Florida university recently e-mailed me to find out about job prospects in Peru. He's casting his net wide: he's also considering moving out West (U.S.), or to other countries in South America. Could I comment on the advantages of Peru versus the areas mentioned.
I'm mildly flattered that intelligent people are seeking my advice but I find it hard to give on this subject. Buy Clomid Uk, Should a U.S. citizen consider moving to Peru to avoid the economic tsunami. Buy Clomid Uk coupon, Would he or she be better off or happier in a country like Peru.
I've been pondering those questions for the last several weeks, but my thoughts refused to coalesce. Then, after a conversation with another expat in Lima, I realized why I'd been unable to venture an opinion.
The expat I spoke with is a lovely woman, originally from Iceland, whom I met at a dinner party this past week, Buy Clomid Uk. She lived for many years in the United States prior to moving to Lima so she knows the advantages of the American infrastructure (good roads, plentiful consumer goods, Buy Clomid Uk australia, a history of political stability, a functioning legal system for those with money), something that many Peruvians haven't experienced first-hand.
The Icelandic fashion designer and I got on the subject of moving from the United States to Peru and how enormous the move is, materially and psychologically. Does she find it hard to explain life in Peru to people back in the States, Buy Clomid Uk us, I asked. What does she say when Americans ask her which lifestyle is "better". Buy Clomid Uk, The woman paused thoughtfully. Light from the candles on the table flickered in her pale blue eyes.
"You cannot compare Peru and the United States," she said at last. "They are two different realities."
A light bulb went off in my head. Different realities, I thought, Buy Clomid Uk india. Yes, Buy Clomid Uk.
"You give up so much when you move from the United States to Peru," she continued. "And you give up so many wonderful things when you leave Peru for the United States. You cannot compare them."
Her assessment strikes me as truthful and insightful. Peru is so fundamentally unlike the United States that a Freshman 101 "compare and contrast" exercise boggles the mind. Buy Clomid Uk, Apples and oranges, as the cliché goes. This is why I haven't been able to properly answer people who want a clear-cut answer about Peru vs. Buy Clomid Uk craiglist, the United States.
In contrast, it's possible to analyze the quality of life in two cities in the United States, like Boston and San Francisco, and come up with an objective list of pros and cons. Such a list can help you decide whether a move to one or the other might benefit you.
Similarly, it's possible to compare the American lifestyle with that in another developed country – say, in France or Switzerland – and to arrive at useful insights, Buy Clomid Uk.
But the differences between Peru and the United States are so radical that objective comparisons fall apart. When you put the two countries side by side, Buy Clomid Uk overseas, the result is a series of extreme contrasts that makes the logical, decision-making center of your brain spin like a demagnetized compass.
What one sane person loves about Peru – say, being free of the U.S. consumer culture or being able to visit the Andes regularly – is another sane person's nightmare (or occasion for altitude sickness). Buy Clomid Uk, Given how many cherished features of daily life a typical American has to abandon when relocating to Peru, it's hard for someone like me to make a one-size-fits-all recommendation.
Just what are some of the extreme differences that make Peru a "different reality" from the United States. 200mg Buy Clomid Uk, I'll explore that in Part II of this post.
Pass the Cat Burgers (Guardian, Oct. 9, 2008): Animal rights activists are enraged over a cat-eating festival in Canete, Peru, reports Justine Hankins.
Escaping the U.S. Credit Nightmare (Miami Herald, Oct. 12, 2008), by Barbara R. Drake.
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