Thursday, February 21, 2008

By the Time I Get to Otavalo

By the time most of you read this, I will be off to the land of cuys, volcanoes and the pan flute. Just when I was starting to get a few Catalan words down, now it will get all muddled up with Quechua, or more accurately Kichwa in this part of the Andes. Perhaps if I'd not fallen asleep when my exes forced me to watch those boring Star Wars (or is it Star Trek) movies, I could have picked up some Huttesse which is supposedly based on Quechua and Aymara.

Have I eaten cuy before? Yes, and the old standby of "sort of like chicken" doesn't apply here. It tastes like greasy, disgusting rodent meat. So even if it is the year of the rat, I will make every effort to avoid it.

Actually, the trip will be focusing on the impact of toxic agri-chemicals, reproductive health, global warming, water harvesting and the Humanist movement. Since I never write about work here (and it's about as far removed from ascots, doorknobs, Weimar culture, and the Criterion Collection as one can get. If anyone is interested, I'd be happy to share details by email.

Oh, and I'll be on the outlook for vicunas for Bryce.

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At 10:18 PM, Blogger Bryce Digdug said...

Bring me home a Vicuna! They are so cute and there's plenty of cement in my back yard. He (or she) could graze in Dolores Park. I'm sure there a no laws yet about Vicunas.

I just happen to be in every picture of George at the birthday party playing Jayne Meadows to his...Steve Allen?

At 6:10 AM, Blogger Dave said...

There are very few bloggers I would say this to, but please, more work-related posts!

At 7:05 AM, Blogger Bryan said...

ditto! I would love to hear more about this work.

At 7:17 AM, Blogger Salty Miss Jill said...

Cuanto cuesto una vicun-ya?
Just promise you won't turn him into a fur collar should you procure.
Good to know you'll be resisting eating guinea pig as well. Porky (my resident pig) was very concerned when I told him where you'd be travelling.

Have a safe trip!

At 12:51 PM, Anonymous The Angry Young Man said...

Be sure to eat a guinea pig. They're delicious!!!

At 12:55 PM, Anonymous The Angry Young Man said...

Ooops. Missed the part where you wrote you'd already eaten one. Pity you didn't like it. Guinea pigs are delicious!

At 2:49 PM, Blogger Gary said...

You certainly get around don't you? It sounds like you are off like a superhero trying to make the world a better place. Perhaps this means a break from blogging for a bit so I can catch up on your prolific posts? But, if I know you you brought along a computer. :)

At 3:17 PM, Blogger Scot said...

You're just a travelin' man, aren't you?
Hopefully you'll have a chance to enjoy collecting samples to varify the reproductive health of someone with a lisp and spanish ancesters.

At 4:25 AM, Blogger kimy said...

thank goodness you will no longer be eating cuy...something about eating cute animals, it just seems so wrong!

give a vicuna a hug for me talking of cute animals! now you better not eat any of these guys.

hope the trip is great - the purpose certainly is. I too would love to read more work related posts....

At 6:21 PM, Blogger joe said...

Look forward to hearing from you when you're back. And I still very much owe you that email where we discuss Ecuador and Burkina and sundry things. I'll make it back up to SF one of these days, I promise, and when I do, we'll need to find a pupuseria. Hold the cuy, though.

At 11:47 PM, Blogger WAT said...

Estas son alturas muy muy duras para los pulmones.

Es tierra muy bonita, muy antigua, dichoso eres de poder visitar un lugar como el Ecuador. ¡Los majestuosos Andes! Tierra de los Incas, las llamas, las vicuñas, y la coca.

Mi querida coca...

At 3:39 PM, Blogger Ladron de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Bryce - I will do my best.

Dave - You may regret asking to hear my many tales of malaria, diarrhea, dengue fever and other work related pleasures.

Bryan - Geez, I may have to set up a parallel blog.

Jill - Don´t worry, you cuy is safe if I ever visit you.

Angry - I should have you over for cuy y papas when I am back home.

Gary - I am not on the front line of making it a better world but a part of the support team.

Scot - Lisping in Castillion could get you in trouble here, so I just lisp in English and German.

Kim - I have seen vicuñas on the road but have not had a close encounter yet.

Kusala - I look forward to exchanging travel tatles sometime.

WAT - No he experimentado todas esas cosas todavía, sino que he visto las vicuñas y las llamas y era hoy la visita a Salinas, una ciudad que produce el queso y el chocolate magnifico.

At 11:58 AM, Blogger cb said...

I could sure go for a scarf or sweater knit from Alpaca hair.


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