Women Carrying Giant Bags in Peru

If you hang around Peru long enough, sooner or later you’re going to see some women like the one in the above picture stumbling around with just an enormous bag.  I don’t know what the deal is, or what’s in there, but man…she’s got to have a sore back at the end of the day!

I mean look at that thing!  It has to weigh 150 lbs!  And she’s just got it casually thrown over her back as she waits for traffic to go by!  She’s not even taking a break as she gauges her moment to sprint across the street!
You see these women all over the place with these enormous bags!  Sometimes they have two or three of them!  And the older and more frail looking the woman, the greater the quantity of bags!
I suppose it’s intelligent in a way because nobody could really steal a bag that big.  Perhaps somebody might come along and try to grab it, but it’s not like they could run very fast.  Maybe, if you were lucky, they might pick it up and run in the direction you were trying to go anyway!
I don’t know.  If you’re down in Peru right now, maybe go up to one of those women and ask her what she’s got in the bag.  On second thought, forget that.  I don’t want to know what’s in there, it’s probably something horrific.
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  1. Anonymous

    I used to have a few of these bags only smaller, remember I called them my brena bags? They're cheap and work perfectly when you buy the food and stuff youre going to cook every day from the market a few blocks away, only usually the bags are half that size. In this photo I think ward is correct,someone collecting all the plastic she can in the cheapest thing she can use over and over again.

  2. David

    It's a bit strange that you would be hard pressed to buy a bag that big in the States, without paying a lot for it. Down there, the bag would cost only about 5 soles and would be sold in any streetside market.

  3. 09/22/2016

    Often they're carrying empty plastic bottles that they've "recycled" from garbage, at least here in Cuzco that's what I've seen. Or it could be stuff they're selling at one of the many little stands in the "informal" (ie. street) economy.

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