Random Cats

We randomly encountered this tiny park full of cats while strolling through Miraflores.  There were literally cats EVERYWHERE!

Cats on the ground.
Cats on the steps.
Cats under the bench.

And then we saw the sign…

"Prohibited to abandon cats in a public place"

So was this a former dumping ground for unwanted pets and the sign was just recently posted?  Or is everyone just blatantly ignoring it?  What is UP with this place?  Quite random and funny.

My Travel Quirks

1.  I always wear the same outfit on bus days, like it’s a uniform or something.  It’s because I seem to always get dirty and sweaty from carrying my pack or bus griminess in general, so I wear my work clothes that I don’t care about.  Since I hate doing laundry, my philosophy is that it’s better to have one never-going-to-look-clean outfit then to have many kind-of-dirty ones.

2.  We hate carrying a guidebook around so we hand-copy maps, addresses, and info into a little pocket-sized notebook we carry before going out on adventures.

3.  I seem to lose things more while living out of a backpack than I do while living at home.  I’ve now lost six consecutive crochet hooks needed to maintain my dreadlocks.  Thank God they’re cheap.

4.  I think I can feel myself getting “old” on this trip.  No!  I used to never be able to sleep on buses; now I nod off without even trying to.  I recently fell asleep on top of my backpack on top of a concrete sidewalk.  Way to be an old lady/bum.

5. My two biggest travel pet peeves are BUS CURTAINS and TOILETS WITHOUT SEATS.  Honestly, bus curtains just flap in your face endlessly when the windows are open and block the view. I´ll sleep when it´s dark; I want to see out the window when it´s light!  And if you´re going to build a western toilet, spend the extra $5 and put a seat on it!  If you´re not going to do that, just build a hole in the ground.  Squatting is easier than hovering!

I´m sure there are more of these but that´s all I can think of for now.  Anyone else do or think weird things like this?

Let’s Talk About Poop for All the World to Hear

WARNING: The following post is definitely TMI.  But you know me, I have no filter.  And I thought this was hilarious.

Setting: In a hotel room early in the morning.  The door is wide open to the outside hallway.  Carrie is concerned about the morning’s digestive problems, and she and Zach are speaking at a normal conversational volume.

Zach: Don’t worry, I had some diarrhea this morning too.

Carrie:  Really?  What did we eat?

Zach:  Remember lunch yesterday, when we said, ‘We probably shouldn’t eat these raw vegetables…’ and then ate them anyway?

Carrie:  Oh yeah.  ‘Cause we always eat everything.

Zach:  It’s just some small diarrhea.  It’ll be over soon.

Suddenly, a random white guy walks out of the bathroom next door and gives the two a weird look.  He surely understands English and surely overheard the whole conversation.


A love letter to my new favorite condiment…

Muy delicioso!

Oh mayonnaise, my saucy lover, I don’t really know why I’ve become so obsessed with you.  You just go so well with…everything.  Especially the ever-present easy vegetarian snack of “papas fritas.”  Thick, soft, salty french fries in need of only some sort of dipping sauce to make them perfect. I’ve never been a fan of ketchup and mustard is just too much.  So I turn to you, mayonnaise, the obvious leader of the Peruvian triumvirate of sauces.  Maybe it’s the fact that you’re the best possible substitute for Ranch dressing, that lovely Midwestern flavor which I miss so much.  Maybe it’s the fact that here you are never low-fat or fat-free, thus making you much more tasty then the mayonnaise with which I grew up.  I don’t even care that you never seem to live in the refrigerator; I’ll risk some stomach troubles for a taste of your tangy deliciousness!  I can’t believe it took coming to Perú to really discover you!  Oh my luscious mayonnaise, only you can make healthy food fattier and bland food tastier; you just go so well with everything!  You truly are, the sauce of sauce, my love.

Yours forever,


French fries with mayonnaise.  Seriously, try it.  Then somebody get me out of here before I eat my weight in it.