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Tbt: Old Peru

It’s been a flurry of activity, but the end is in sight. Definitely pics to follow soon, I promise. Wait until you see the place…

Here’s a classic from Cardcow…

Lima, Peru – Esquina de Bodegones

 

Machu Picchu Monday

It’s been a quiet Monday so far, which is always welcome.

Today, once again, there are workers doing a variety of things in the house here in Tarapoto. Some windows have been installed, and on the second floor, we put in a beautiful wood divider. It gives the living room there a little more privacy, and looks great too. Pics to follow once the dust settles.

On the road between Cuzco and Machu Picchu

 

Tbt: Old Peru

All is going well in Tarapoto. Everything is in disorder as we’re having various things done while we’re here. The place just keeps getting better. We’ve put in AC for the smaller bedroom on the third floor, which will be a nice guest room, or possible rental room. We’ve also added a microbath in a nearby unused space, so the new room also now has it’s own bath. At least it will in just a few days. We’re still doing finishing touches, and we’re waiting for the tech to show up and install the continuous hot water heater. The carpenter comes Tuesday to install the door.

Here’s another classic postcard from Cardcow…

The Cathedral, Lima

Machu Picchu Monday

Monday, and it’s a return to banging noises (we’re having some work done.) Internet has been sporadic…

Have an amazing week…

looking up

 

Tbt: Old Peru

Have a nice weekend everyone. Be sure to try the lucuma fruit if you can. It’s wonderful…

Via Cardcow:

Puente Balta Bridge, Peru

Puente Balta Bridge, Peru

 

Lucuma the “new” Peruvian Superfruit

Via Bloomberg:

Peru has a knack for introducing superfoods to the rest of the world. Its rich geography, which includes portions of the Andes Mountains and the Amazon rainforest, has already brought forth high-protein quinoa and açai berries. The latest nutritional powerhouse to appear on global menus is lucuma, a fruit that grows at altitudes of about 9,000 feet. Long prized in Peru, it’s gaining traction in U.S. cities.

Full article here.

On a personal note, we love the unique flavor of lucuma especially in ice cream. Yum!

Lucuma fruit

 

Machu Picchu Monday

Monday! I heard of a new word for the moment in the weekend where you suddenly start thinking about the upcoming week, and slip out of “weekend mode.” The word is “Smonday.” It happened yesterday to me about 5:00 pm when I had a client email. Even if I work all day, the weekend is just a better state of mind.

Tourists on top of the walls at Machu Picchu

Tbt: Old Peru

Ay, a little late with this one. Stay cool people!

La Anciana (The Ancient One)

Low Coffee Prices Hurting Peru’s Organic Farmers

Nick Brown from Daily Coffee News reports:

A world leader in high-quality organic Arabica coffee production, Peru has struggled to rebound from the leaf rust outbreak that peaked there in 2014, affecting nearly half the country’s coffee farms.

A fundamental part of this struggle has been the fact that as coffee production costs have risen, country-wide export prices have declined for four straight years, from approximately $1.82 per pound ($4.03 per kilo) in calendar year 2014 to $1.31 per pound in 2017, according to the latest annual report on the Peruvian coffee sector from the USDA’s Global Agriculture Information Network (GAIN).

Full article here.

Honey and Natural Processed Coffee Curing