We’ve had a lot of experiences living here in Huancayo so far, and we’ve also learned a lot of lessons. Here are our top 6 lessons from our first 6 months here in Peru.
1) Taxis can be used to haul pretty much anything. The most prevalent taxi here is a white, boxy station wagon, perfect for hauling a variety of items–whether it’s 5+ adults crammed into the back seat, two sheep in the trunk, or 6 mattresses strapped to the roof!
2) You must really like potatoes. With some 2,800 varieties of potatoes grown in Peru, nearly every dish is served either with a side of potatoes or with potatoes incorporated into the dish itself. Big plate of spaghetti? Serve it with some plain, boiled potatoes on the side. Fried rice? Put some potato chunks in there and fry them up too. The potato possibilities are endless.
3) Every day is a good day to dress up your dog. Dogs are beloved pets here and owners express their affection by dressing them up in everything from sports jerseys to hoodies to Halloween costumes. No dog is too big or too small for an outfit, either. We’ve seen everything from a Cocker Spaniel in a lady bug costume to a German Shepherd in an orange fleece jacket!
4) There’s a reason there are so many chicken places. It’s DELICIOUS. With at least one pollo a la brasa (chicken roasted over charcoal or firewood) restaurant on every block (sometimes right next door to each other!), you can tell how much people love their chicken here–and we love it, too!
5) It’s a knitter’s paradise. Between the abundance of alpaca and wool yarn and the proclivity of ladies to knit pretty much everywhere (while tending to their ice cream cart, while shopping at the market, or while walking down the sidewalk of a busy street–which must be just as dangerous as texting and walking in my opinion!), Peru is a place for knitters.
6) Only dress up in traditional costume and dance if you want to have a lot of fans. We stick out here already, but put us in a traditional outfits to dance with the locals and we have fans for life. We still hear people saying, “Los gringos bailan lindo” (The foreigners dance well) when we go to the local market…four months later.
Here’s to more great experiences and lessons in the months to come!