Nik ate Roasted Cuy (Guinea Pig)

Trip Start Jul 28, 2009
Trip End Aug 10, 2010

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Saturday, September 5, 2009

Our last night in Peru, Nikolas begged to go to eat Cuy (guinea pig). So off we went to Kusikuy.  It took over an hour to get the roasted guinea pig!  I can't say that I was too excited about it.  Just the thought of eating a guinea pig made my stomach turn!  But as they say, "when you are in Rome, do as the Romans do!" 

They brought out the Cuy with the head, feet and all!!!  Nik ate most of it, I only had 2 bites and continued drinking my 620 ml of beer!  Next to our table, was a super nice lady from the east coast named Jessica.  We ended up talking while Nik was busy picking off the little meat on the guinea pig!  She was doing the Inca Trail for 4 days.  Everyone I spoke to said this is a very hard hike.  As I have had an issue with the altitude, I’m so glad we didn’t do this hike!

Some final observations of Peru:

  • No toilet paper in ANY toilet in Peru.  There is always a waste basket next to the toilet.

  • There are Policia Transido (police) on every busy intersection

  • When Peruvians greet each other, they kiss each other once on the cheek.

  • There are shoe shiners on every busy street.  Many workers stop in the morning to get the shoes polished.

  • All babies are carried on the back in a big beautiful and colorful blanket.

  • The mothers breastfeed their children openly.  I even saw one at the bus stop and one at the soccer game!!

  • All the babies have dry rosy cheeks and are wrapped tightly in the blankets on their mothers backs.

  • Around the newsstands, there are always a big group of men reading the headlines

  • On almost every corner, there are ladies in orange or green vests selling phone cards.  Many people use their cell phones to make calls for a small fee

  • The most surprisingly was the cost of stamps for a post card of $2!
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