Hello, my nutterbutters,
I have absolutely no idea if the above will ever be a thing, or if it will be doomed to be just like "fetch" (never going to happen). Basically, I just wanted to have a little chat with you guys. Those of you who have been with me for a longer amount of time probably remember the cultural observations that I made while living in Korea, so here comes part 1 for Cusco:
1) Kids come home in the middle of the day for lunch, which is the largest meal of the day. I find it really interesting that so many countries eat a smaller meal way later in the day and the largest meal in the middle. I guess part of why I find that so interesting is that when I am home, I eat 4 meals a day... You may not yet know this about me, but if I do not eat in the middle of the day, I turn into a Disney villain (probably Yzma or Ursula.... I think I know what costume I have t get started on next ;D). The point is, I find eating habits other than my own to be kind of exciting to learn about. #nerd
2) School age children wear one of two types of uniform. One option appears to be the more traditional, complete with collared shirt and sweater vest. The other is a sweatsuit with the school's name and logo on it, in the same colors as whatever the "traditional" school uniform for their particular school is. The exception to this is that all the kids in the orphanage where I am volunteering appear to wear regular clothes (as in, not a uniform). However, this could very well be because of the time, since I arrive later in the day, around 2pm. This point will require more investigation, but I will be sure to keep you posted!
3) Unlike in Asia, Peru has beauty standards that make a little more sense to me. Women who are more bottom- heavy are considered to be the epitome of true beauty. This means that tight jeans without back pockets are the norm. However, the mixture of more modern and indigenous styles of dress are really amazing!
Also, I'm sure you will all be glad to know that I am actually sort of making friends here... We shall see how that goes.
Please let me know if this type of post is at all interesting to you, I welcome the feedback!
Love and baby alpaca,
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