Things I STILL haven't gotten used to:

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Things I STILL haven't gotten used to:

Postby hennekea » Sun Oct 26, 2014 2:54 pm

After a year and a half living in Peru, I've put together a short list of stuff I STILL haven't gotten used to:

1. Getting toilet paper before entering the bathroom. Typically, it's outside in the open area or even in the hallway. When will I learn?!?!?
2. Boarding a bus in motion. I just can't get the hang of it.
3. The huge loads people carry on their backs, bikes, and motorcycles. I just recommend not getting in front of one of those motorcycles, because I REALLY don't think the brakes were made with that load in mind.
4. Peruvian hair - Women commonly have hair down to their waists and below. And it's not mistreated or ugly. It's just really good hair.
5. Peruvian butts - We have some curvy people here, to put it mildly. Fortunately, I think my daighter has inherited both the hair and the butt of her father's people.
6. All that huggy/ kissie crap. Yeah, we have that in the USA too with our large Hispanic population. But here's the verdict: I'll never get used to it.
7. "Tu" or "Usted." For as many years as I might speak Spanish, I think I'll never understand.
8. The persistent disdain for traffic lanes, direction of traffic, and the boundary for the side of the road. Here, everything is (imagined to be) flexible. Last week I saw two additional lanes of traffic spring up on the side of a road before a busy intersection. Yeah, people, that doesn't actually help you get through faster.
9. The variety of bananas. Yesterday I saw some small red ones. Then there are the "platanos de ls isla" that proportedly have no fat. Platano manzana that must be a hybrid between an apple and a banana, with several types of plantains, and of course, the regular bananas. Yum yum!


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Re: Things I STILL haven't gotten used to:

Postby Slippery Jack » Sun Oct 26, 2014 4:38 pm

Yep, point No.8. Lane discipline leavesa lot to be desired. And the number of times i have been in a taxi and the driver will join a lane for an immediate two car advantage, even though you can see that he is joining a queue to turn left. It used to drive me bonkers but now it amuses me no end.

I bore my wife with the tale of how there are black tyre marks at the traffic lights in Peru and Germany. In Germany they are where the drivers brake for a red light, and in Peru it is where they accelerate to go through the red light. But again it amuses me now.
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Postby Slippery Jack » Sun Oct 26, 2014 4:44 pm

And another thing, right, does anyone in Peru know why they pay extra for indicators to be fitted to cars?

Rant over. I love everything else about Peru.

Hang on! One more....

Pollo con sangre! The only time I've had chicken, outside of Peru, with blood seeping out of it was at my mate's bbq.
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Re: Things I STILL haven't gotten used to:

Postby Guiri » Sun Oct 26, 2014 5:30 pm

Number 10...all young folks walk around with holes in their trousers...what is about this??
Nr. 11 Folks in Supermarkets...just unbearable.
Nr.12 The amount of copies you need for any kind of bureaucratic act .
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Re: Things I STILL haven't gotten used to:

Postby gringolandia » Wed Oct 29, 2014 11:01 pm

Here's a mystery: Why can you get over ten pages printed, which uses expensive ink and paper, for about 1 sol, but to scan just *one* page to a PDF, which uses *zero* ink or paper, it also costs 1 sol.

I just don't get it.

Oh, and here's another one: Why do some radio stations insist on talking over the songs every 30 seconds? I don't want to hear "Oxygeno" or "Efe Eme" every 30 seconds while listening to a song.

(I wonder if it is so they can pay are reduced royalty rate for the song or something???)
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Re: Things I STILL haven't gotten used to:

Postby chi chi » Thu Oct 30, 2014 9:07 am

Guiri wrote:Number 10...all young folks walk around with holes in their trousers...what is about this??


That aren't holes. That are ventilation shafts.
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Re: Things I STILL haven't gotten used to:

Postby tupacperu » Thu Oct 30, 2014 2:39 pm

7. "Tu" or "Usted." For as many years as I might speak Spanish, I think I'll never understand.

Usted = formal or Non-Family/Friend
Tu = Famliar, Family and friends.
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Re: Things I STILL haven't gotten used to:

Postby tupacperu » Thu Oct 30, 2014 2:42 pm

gringolandia wrote:Here's a mystery: Why can you get over ten pages printed, which uses expensive ink and paper, for about 1 sol, but to scan just *one* page to a PDF, which uses *zero* ink or paper, it also costs 1 sol.

I just don't get it.

Oh, and here's another one: Why do some radio stations insist on talking over the songs every 30 seconds? I don't want to hear "Oxygeno" or "Efe Eme" every 30 seconds while listening to a song.

(I wonder if it is so they can pay are reduced royalty rate for the song or something???)


or Radio Tropical "HAY QUE RICO!!!!" lol
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Re: Things I STILL haven't gotten used to:

Postby chi chi » Thu Oct 30, 2014 4:26 pm

tupacperu wrote:or Radio Tropical "HAY QUE RICO!!!!" lol


I love it when on the Cumbia radio channels they pop a bottle of beer. Pshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhht. Or when the phone rings.

Another cool one is when they say ''¡¡¡¡QUE MONCEEEEEEEEE!!!''


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gV1c7y1VRk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrQIqzqd0AM
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Re: Things I STILL haven't gotten used to:

Postby mammamia » Sat Dec 06, 2014 6:39 pm

Most taxis have a "se vende" sign on their wind shields. Why is that? Do the owners really want to sell their cars or is there a trick behind that (I don't know, paying less taxes or something like that)?
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Re: Things I STILL haven't gotten used to:

Postby chi chi » Sat Dec 06, 2014 7:17 pm

mammamia wrote:Most taxis have a "se vende" sign on their wind shields. Why is that? Do the owners really want to sell their cars or is there a trick behind that (I don't know, paying less taxes or something like that)?


I actually have seen very few taxis with a ''se vende' sign on their wind shields.
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Re: Things I STILL haven't gotten used to:

Postby mammamia » Sat Dec 06, 2014 7:28 pm

chi chi wrote:
mammamia wrote:Most taxis have a "se vende" sign on their wind shields. Why is that? Do the owners really want to sell their cars or is there a trick behind that (I don't know, paying less taxes or something like that)?


I actually have seen very few taxis with a ''se vende' sign on their wind shields.

Maybe it depends on where you live in Peru. I've been traveling and living mostly in the southern sierra regions and, believe me, every other taxi there has that sign. Looks like it's only typical of the area then.
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Postby adrian Thorne » Sat Dec 06, 2014 7:46 pm

Don`t get me wrong because I think Peruvians are some of the loveliest people I have ever had the privilege to meet, but they do not understand the concept of courtesy.
Wondering down the aisle, trolley in hand, they just suddenly stop, wonder off and return with an article for the trolley or stand chatting with a long lost cousin. You need to push the trolley to one side or wait. A woman drives a car down the road and sees a friend. She just does an emergency stop and starts having a chat while the traffic builds up behind.
The funniest experience I have had was 150 people, seated in arrival order at Es Salud for blood tests. All apparently given the same appointment time of 6.30am. The security gave queuing instructions, but within a split second of the reception window opening there was a stampede, with the elderly and infirm being pushed to one side or trampled under foot. This followed with the patients being given a number to queue again for the nurse. I watched with interest as people were showing a number to the security man as they entered the surgery and I am sure the odd coin changed hands. By the time they got around to me there must have been six numbers that were suddenly missing in front.
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Re: Things I STILL haven't gotten used to:

Postby rgbjr » Mon Dec 08, 2014 1:22 pm

I have a hard time adjusting to no restaurants (that I am awaire of) around my location. That you can go to any time of the day and be able to order off of the menu anything from hamburger, roast beef, ham / sausage / bacon and eggs with any kind of bread toasted. BEFORE you START to PICK me APART I know this is probably a North American thing not Peruvian. BUT this is some of what I miss living in Peru for 6 years now.
P.S. Grape Jelly would be nice.

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Re: Things I STILL haven't gotten used to:

Postby Guiri » Mon Dec 08, 2014 2:09 pm

rgbjr wrote:I have a hard time adjusting to no restaurants (that I am awaire of) around my location. That you can go to any time of the day and be able to order off of the menu anything from hamburger, roast beef, ham / sausage / bacon and eggs with any kind of bread toasted. BEFORE you START to PICK me APART I know this is probably a North American thing not Peruvian. BUT this is some of what I miss living in Peru for 6 years now.
P.S. Grape Jelly would be nice.

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You are lucky that you dont live in Japan or any country in Africa :D...at least in Peru there is tons of splendid meat to choose from.
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Postby adrian Thorne » Mon Dec 08, 2014 2:15 pm

You are right Bobby. There is a Café in Aviacion, two shops up from Lucky Casino, but that was a few years ago.
Breakfast Menu:
Sausage, Egg, Bacon, Black Pudding, Mushrooms,Tomato, Backed Beans and fried bread. Cup of tea and toast (proper bread) on the side. :D
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Postby chi chi » Wed Dec 10, 2014 1:52 pm

adrian Thorne wrote:You are right Bobby. There is a Café in Aviacion, two shops up from Lucky Casino, but that was a few years ago.
Breakfast Menu:
Sausage, Egg, Bacon, Black Pudding, Mushrooms,Tomato, Backed Beans and fried bread. Cup of tea and toast (proper bread) on the side. :D
Sets you up for the day.


How do they call that on their menú? Bomba Colesterol? :lol:
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Postby Guiri » Wed Dec 10, 2014 7:43 pm

Its called "heart attack" and comes with a free visit to a nutritionist :lol:
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Re: Things I STILL haven't gotten used to:

Postby caliguy » Thu Dec 11, 2014 1:17 pm

a couple of things i haven't gotten used to:
the complete disregard for the safety and well being of any living creature, especially if you are walking across a crosswalk, you then become a moving target. :lol: i have seen drivers brake when a soccer ball rolls out into their path, but when a pedestrian is walking, no braking and a honk of the horn.
the other thing is the volume of littering. i just don't get it. Lima could be very beautiful and inviting city if there wasn't so much trash everywhere you walk.
every place has it's own spirit. you just need to tune into it.
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Re: Things I STILL haven't gotten used to:

Postby street legal » Thu Dec 11, 2014 1:53 pm

caliguy wrote:a couple of things i haven't gotten used to:
the complete disregard for the safety and well being of any living creature, especially if you are walking across a crosswalk, you then become a moving target. :lol: i have seen drivers brake when a soccer ball rolls out into their path, but when a pedestrian is walking, no braking and a honk of the horn.



Completely understandable. Soccer is worshipped in Peru. :mrgreen:
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Re: Things I STILL haven't gotten used to:

Postby adrian Thorne » Sun Dec 14, 2014 10:09 am

Sunday Morning in The home.
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Postby chi chi » Mon Dec 15, 2014 11:42 am

adrian Thorne wrote:Sunday Morning in The home


Where are those sticky. slimy, tastless beans?
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Postby adrian Thorne » Mon Dec 15, 2014 12:19 pm

chi chi wrote:
adrian Thorne wrote:Sunday Morning in The home


Where are those sticky. slimy, tastless beans?

I actually like the beans, but a bit to much first thing in the morning. You know the phrase I hope "Heinz beans are good for the heart, break the wind and xxxx xxx xxxx".
Funnily enough my wife makes a Peruvian variety that is amazing.
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Re: Things I STILL haven't gotten used to:

Postby Howie456 » Mon Dec 15, 2014 8:48 pm

Tasty fry up there, making me hungry! For me my number one pet hate is people seemingly not able to register the rules behind a queue then no one says anything when X pushes in and I feel the need to talk to them in my, admittedly weak, Spanish. To balance it out though going hiking in the Andes more than makes up for it when I get a break from work!

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