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- Writing assignment: "Inside The Candelaria Festival of Puno, Peru"
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- Mango Surprise: Being the victim of a random, delicious act of kindness
- Legendary Vagabonder Rolf Potts with priceless advice on travel
- Fire juggler in San Pedro de la Laguna, Lago Atitlan, Guatemala
- Road trip and beach camping through Baja California Sur
- Romania: WWOOFing in Transylvania and back to the US
- Bulgaria: Nice cities, tipped off about an isolated beach, and getting perspective from a prostitute's cigarette burns
- Istanbul, and a few tips on curing impotency from the Hittites
- Giant carved heads, incredible valleys, camping on the Mediterranean, and a heavy dose of Roman ruins
A glimpse in the thoughts of Julio Ayma Arpa
Written by Tyler Cole | 13 February 2010
My gracious host while in the Southern Peruvian countryside, Julio is a native of the village of Huañuscuro along the shore of Lake Titikaka. After moving to the larger city of Tacna, Peru for work as an adult, he has since retired to the place where he grew up and now farms and raises animals with his wife and stepfather. I initally came into contact with Julio when my impromptu Aymara teacher, Lorenzo Hancco, brought me to Huañuscuro where he used to teach about 25 years ago.
Julio invited me to stay in his home, and more details on the visit can be found here. I asked Julio a few quesitons for this A Glimpse in the Thoughts of, and here´s what he said (translated as accurately as possible from Spanish):
If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
Moses, because he was born of a high class and despite being of that class, he denied the power and the wealth that came with the position to lead the oppresses Isrealites from Egypt. He sacrificed high class and power to do the right thing.
What do you like to do in your free time more than anything?
Read, especially about the histories of the development of civilizations and how to improve one´s life.