Monday, August 16, 2010

Pictures: Zone Z and Lunch

I took a few photos today that I thought I'd upload. The first one is of the classroom in Zone Z where I teach twice a week. The building used to be a really beautiful room that LLI was renting from a church group, but the group decided that they needed the building elsewhere. So they picked it up completely, moved it to another zone, and put a little shack in its place without telling us. Behind the building is a really colorful cemetery sitting on the edge of the mountain.

The next photos are from lunch today. When Sarah came back from the market today, she completely filled up the fruit bowl in the middle of the table. The orange fruit with purple streaks is a pepino (which means "cucumber" everywhere else in Latin America). It's bright yellow on the inside and tastes sort of like a cantaloupe. Also in the basket are grenadillas (on the right), which have a hard orange shell. They look nice on the outside, but they are greyish green and pulpy on the inside. They taste great, but I'm still having trouble getting over how they look. Then the green lumpy fruit (I don't think you can see it) is a chirimoya, which is soft and white on the inside with big black pits. The rest is normal fruit -- bananas, apricots, apples, tangerines, and pears. The apples are really small here, about half the size of my fist.

The second photo is of lunch itself, which was absolutely phenomenal. I had fish and vegetables in a lime sauce, white rice (which is served with every single meal here), and chocolo. The chocolo is a wonderful Peruvian variety of corn that comes with massive kernels.


  1. The chocolo looks really delicious. How long has the organization been in the town? How far is the market? How big is it? Is there a lot of agriculture in the area?

  2. The organization has been around for a year. It just celebrated its one year anniversary in July. There are a whole lot of markets in Huaycan. The nearest one is in the main part of town, about 10 minutes away on foot. It's just a bunch of food stands near one another. There's a lot of agriculture in the area, so we can get fresh fruit and veggies all the chocolo, which is wonderful.

  3. Apples aren't normal fruit in the WHOLE world you know... =P