Gone Native!


Football (or soccer as we Americans call it) is a big deal down here in Peru, and when you’re in Peru, you might as well try to enjoy the soccer games. For that reason, it was fairly common to see me in the old days sporting a red Peru bandanna like this (I’ve subsequently lost it…but they’re easy enough to come by). When the Peruvian national team wins a match, euphoria breaks out in the streets. People run around shouting “Ole-ole-ole-ole” and drivers honk their horns euphorically. Even so, Peru doesn’t win all that often, and many times the only place you find consolation is by eating a crumbly piece of chocolate cake. However, that doesn’t stop us from watching the games and crying, “ARRIBA PERU!”

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