Cobbles up Hill

Senses of the Street

To get places in Cuzco I walk. Through my shoes my feet feel the roundedness of old cobblestones or the flatness of stones shaped like bricks. They feel the smoothness of cement and the softness of asphalt. Sidewalks are not broken by tree-roots into jagged planes like at home, but are smooth, broken only by square, open holes for utilities with no cover to protect the unwary pedestrian. Your feet have to see and sense.0 778
Papayas Delivered to the Door

Abundance of Fruit

During this time of the year Cuzco's markets and streets burst with fresh fruit.0 741
Maná in Cuzco
Food Culture, Peruvian Cuisine, Traditional Food

Manna in the Streets

Wide, white kernels of soft corn adorn many street corners in Cuzco where they join many other snacks that keep the city going. Called maná, which in English means manna like what fell from heaven in Sinai, they are popped but are worlds away from the popcorn which is also often sold on Cuzco’s streets. Nevertheless, they have a deep history in this city.0 948
Chicken Soup on Christmas Eve
Customs, Traditional Food

Chicken, Christmas Eve, and the Change of Time

Three, two, one, the people of Cuzco count down on Christmas Eve, as if waiting for a space ship to blast off from Cape Cañaveral. They do this deep into the night, that magical time when the moon and stars rule the skies, a time when--though many people do not realize it-- the machulas, the ancestors, can come out from the earth and till the fields.0 813
Christ Child in the Municipality

Christmas in Cuzco

Christmas comes to Cuzco in a combination of tradition and new as it builds its own present from these different … 0 608

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