Chapter 4: A normal day
I am at home, finally, the day is sunny and hot, the summer is coming to Lima. I am glad to be here, I have just had lunch, grill chicken and vegetables and a ice beer. This is life, isn’t it? I arrived at eleven am. First, I went to my office, left my equipment and then I went to have lunch. This weekend will be very long, it started yesterday and it will finish on Sunday. Why? Because is the Maria Virgin’s Day, the most popular Virgins in Peru. Many people don’t work today, the most of them try to go to the countryside or a weekend get away so the city is empty and it will be a great opportunity to ride cycle trough the city.
Well, I think Stephen you are a football fan, I was a football fan too until my favourite team went to the Amateur league but now it seems that Municipal ( my team) will come back to the Professional league, I am waiting for it because I want to go to matches again. I am sorry Stephen, but my favourite team is Manchester United when I see The Premier League.
Someone ask me about hot underground, I try to explain clearly: The Mines are usually cold inside, because there is a lo of water, they are in the top of mountains o things like that but there are some mines which are hot, very hot inside. Why? Because in these mines exist a mineral called Pyrite, this mineral radiates hot so the environment is hot too. But work in metal mines is much more safely than coal mines, because coal mines produce a dangerous gas which can explode anytime.
I do not like living in Lima but I have to do, Lima is a big city, it has about 8 million of people. It is seated in the central coast of Peru, near the sea. The weather is very humid cloudy and cold the most of year and very hot in summer. In fact we only have three or four sunny months and the most of the year is cloudy and grey. It is quite depressed for me, I like sun. I live near the sea, 30 minutes from the sea, when I have time, I like riding cycle along the shore, it is very relaxing.
I can imagine the celebration in my town. This day, there is a big celebration in Talavera. The park would be full of people; usually there are dances and food in front of church, There are a band of musicians each corner. At 4 00 pm, Maria Virgin, come out of the church, many people carry her, and music is turned off and all people surround the Virgin. Then she is carry around the park and many streets, and crowd follow her, praying, singing and throwing flowers wherever she pass. Then The Virgin come back to the church, and the celebration starts. Usually people drink a lot of beer, there are fireworks everywhere.
But there is a particularly dance which bring my attention: Scissors Dancer, is a typical dance of the south of Peru. This dance is involved a great tradition, and only special people can dance it. Tomorrow I will tell more about this.
Well is a great pleasure read your blog Stephen, and of course the comments are very interesting too. Now I am going to go to my girlfriend house, We are going to see a movie called “ Reservoir Dogs” by Quentin Tarantino, I like watching Tarantino`s films or films like that. My girlfriend hate my Films preferences, She said that Woody Allen or Kubric are boring, but I try to keep her safe from Hollywood films, because they are really boring, superfluous and don’t have the criticism quote about our society which the bests films have.
I am looking for hear and read more about you and ours readers.
With the best wishes.
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