Jason? an inquisitor? No idea.
Current Music: Mika - Blame It On The Girls
I'm almost sure that the snowy mountain to the left is El Rajuntay
Current Music: Mika - Happy Ending
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Comic books!! Called simply "Cómics" in Perú, I already have an entire drawer filled up with the Comics released by Perú21 Newspaper :D
This Saturday I was at the Hobbie Market, a comics and collectibles annual fair in Lima that started in... 2012.
There I bought my Black Cannary, Robin and Wonder Woman figures. This is a photo how I found them:
This is the guy who sold them to me:
I found there my friends Rómulo and Fabían from ParkCómics, the little amazing store where they sell cómics!
My Black Cannary wanted to pose with them :D
Also I found my old school's friend Fiorella. Her brother Bruno (another Bruno that has the same name as my boyfriend Bruno, also the same name as Bruce Wayne is known in Latin América: Bruno Díaz) imports and sells cómics. Stupid me, I was so excited that I forgot to take any photo of them!!
Now, a little of history:
It was the 80s (60s and 70s too) and the comics that arrived to Perú where the ones from other countries like Mexico or Chile. Many of them were published by the mexican Editorial Novaro. They were printed in really cheap recycled paper, not more that 3 or 4 colors, and some ads of products I had no idea about (mostly mexican toys). Then these comic books where called "Chistes", and they included super heroes, cartoon characters and mexican publications.
Novaro ceased to publish comics in 1986. I will translate the little text from this link where you can see the current state of the Editorial:
"In these wonderful photos taken by our friend Andrés Pardo, we can see how looks the Novaro building, the headquarters of the classic and memorable Editorial Novaro, where an uncountable amount of comics, albums, magazines and enciclopedias were produced and sent to all Latin America and Spain during more than 3 decades.
This factory is located half a square from the bridge of Boulevard Avila Camacho, number 4, 5 street, DF. Today it is kept operative (but dedicated to other activity) because it was bought to the Novaro family in 1986. Now it is used as office and storehose".
Other Great posts:
I like Plastic Man too, but I have Elongated Man (they both got tangled in one chapter of Batman the Brave and the Bold, he he he)
I've never heard about this comic!
25 years old boxes rule
I love Astonishing Xmen too!
This idea is Awesome!!
Current Music: Mika - Lollipop
The reason for this forks battle: The delicious Milhojas (a peruvian sweet) we (Bruno and me) have ever taste!!|
That's Bruno's hand :D
And this is a better view of La Boulangerie. A very nice place with decent prices :D :D :D
Current Music: Nikola Tesla vs Thomas Edison. Epic Rap Battles of History
My wolfie Kurt looks pretty small here :D
Current Music: Keko Yunge - Estoy Pensando en Ti
"What piece of pop culture did you HATE as a kid?"|
I have a long list of Pop-Culture stuff I hated as a kid and hate now as an adult(?): Hanna Barbera cartoons (except The Flintstones known as Los Picapiedra in Latin América), Scooby Doo, The Smurfs (specially Baby smurf, I wanted to see him death!!. When the movie released I lost all my hope in humanity), E.T, (yep, him too), Angel "La niña de las Flores" anime (I can't believe I actually searched for this one on Youtube)...
but the Pop-Culture Iten I HATE THE MOST THEN NOW AND FOREVER is:
Katate Kid and any Karate Kid-like anything.
Cracked.com guys express better than me the source of all this hate.
other great Bloggers are spreading hate too:
Cool and Collected hates Wonder Twins (I agree)
I hated this cartoon, its animation was awfull!!
I don't like this cartoon, but I'm a fan of Prime Evil, he Rocks!!! (In Latin América Prime Evil is known as "Premiere Malvado")
Any My Little Pony before Frienship is Magic deserves our hate (this doesn't include the toy ponies, brohoof!)
I AGREE!! I SIMPLY AGREE!!!
Forgot to say: I hate Scrappy too
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In this world not everything is Hate, so I will leave you with a photo of my Kitsune and two of my friend's pets at the Matsuri Festival last year:
Current Music: Lorenzo Antonio - Cómo, Cuándo y Porqué
From the other side:|
Yes, that's Machu Picchu Inca's site as seen from El Putucusi. Bad thing this was the rainy and cloudy season :(
Here's a couple of close-ups:
The clouds make it look magical :D
Also here's the proof we where at the Putucusi's top:
2500 mtsnm = 2500 masl = 8202ft.
And here is my beloved boyfriend Bruno in all his Putucusiness:
We didn't go to the actual Machu Picchu Inca's site because we consider it expensive ($40 per person including entrance and transportation) and the real adventure wasn't there :D
Putucusi mountain rocks and it is FREE!!!!
We love free stuff.
More smiles: :D :D :D :D
Current Music: Abba - Super Trouper
El Putucusi is a mountain where you can have a view of Machu Picchu ruins. But first, you have to face its vertical wooden ladders:|
It was the rainy season so we (Bruno and me) found very few people. And most of them became scared of the ladders. We climbed these ladders twice because the first day (I can't remember if it was December 24th or 25th) I was afraid of rain so we went back when we were close to the top. The next day we could conquer El Putucusi.
Who is in the photo was a girl from Argentina we found that day. The trick is to look just what you have in front of you (the rock with tiny plants, insects and mushrooms). if you look what is behind (a free fall to the nothingness) well... you can end up like many people who suffer accidents here.
Here is a photo of Machu Picchu town (also known as Aguas Calientes) from El Putucusi mountain:
As you can see, it is located in a very very dangerous place (by the very side of Urubamba river) vulnerable to floods that can occur (and actually occur) each few years.
What scared me the most? It wasn't the ladders. it was a radiactive red poisonous human-killer centipede I found walking next to me!!! I was so scared that I shouted, didn't take any photo, and stood still until it went away.
Current Music: The Pretenders - Spiritual High
Dec 24th, 2012 :D
Current Music: Gloria Trevi - El Recuento de los Daños
Inside the tree, it was a nativity scene:
Current Music: Haluk Levent - Zifiri
This was the end of our first day at Machu Picchu town (also known as "Aguas Calientes"), a nice an delicious dinner at a "Chifa", the kind of restaurant that serves the food that chinese inmigrants invented when cooking with peruvian ingredients, more than a century ago:|
uuuhhh, Town's Xmas tree was made out of green plastic soda bottles :D
The sign at the Inca's feet says "Machu Picchu Pueblo" that also means "Machu Picchu Town".
Current Music: Good Charlotte - Ghost of You
This is another view from the market's second floor:|
This is one of the streets in the touristic side of the town:
This is near the Train Station:
Fun fact: In Machu Picchu town are no cars! (except for the touristic buses that go to Machu Picchu Inca's site). Everything arrives on train (people, goods and merchandises). For that reason stuff is more expensive in Machu Picchu town than in other peruvian cities (including the mid class districts in Lima city!).
An example: Ten bananas cost five soles (two dollars). WTF?? Near my house in Lima I pay less than half that price!
Current Music: The Clash - The Magnificent Seven
1. Write about your involvement in the League of Extraordinary Bloggers and recall some of your favorite posts — these could be your own and/or those written by others.
1. I simply love the League.
It gave me the oportunity to talk about me, my home country (Perú) and how much I love Pop Culture. As long as socializing is quite hard for me (I have Asperger Syndrome) The League is a safe way for me to know about other Pop Culture Lovers.
Star of the Show (This Nerd Can Climb)
How to Prove Your Body Generates Electricity
My Dream Job (Or How to become an Astronaut on Earth)
Shelf Expressions and the Proof I'm a Recycling Freak
Halloween Costume Ideas also showing the world I'm a Ninja
I can't make the assignments every week, but it is rather fun when I made them and, sometimes, get a little feedback from Brian.
Ok, Brian: Dont' shut down The League!! If a weeky assignment is too much it will be ok if the assignments come each two weeks.
2. Come up with a list of potential topics you would like to see as future weekly League challenges.
Random words!! There was a League Assignment with the word "Green", there are other colors waiting for their oportunity. Adjetives can be used too: Ligth, Dark, Funny, Boring, Expensive, Weird, Hard, Cute...
As an example, I'm using the word "Illusion":
This is Le Mine Car, going toward Churup Lagoon in Huarochirí province, January 2013.
Altitude: 4600 m.a.s.l.
This is Le Car by the side of Churup Lagoon showing its little waterfall.
This is Le Car with "They Are Not Giant" Mushrooms!! :D :D :D
More Awesome League posts with potential topics I like:
Whatever I Think of
Goodwill Hunting 4 Geeks
The Crooked Ninja
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Current Music: Abba - Fernando (Español)
This is the view from the second floor at the market:|
We were walking, looking for food. This is the path by the side of the soccer field:
This is the soccer field:
More photos coming! :D
Current Music: The Fixx - One Thing Leads To Another
Machu Picchu town at last. It was a long journey from Cusco City.
We could barely had any rest that day. We bought our 10 soles ($4) tickets for the local train we will took a few days after this, went to a
not fancy at all hotel, took a bath and looked for our dinner.
Ok ok, Bruno doesn´t look so friendly in this photo because after a long trip in a warm weather we were tired and didn't had any lunch yet (it was late at the evening). Things went well after some food, really!
oh, I forgot to say that we spent the Night of the End of the World (dec 21th, 2012) in our camp near Salkantay mountain :D
Current Music: My Little Pony - Crystal Fair Song
This is one of the trains that goes to Machu Picchu town:|
This train belongs to Perurail enterprise. I'm almost sure this is the "Local Train".
We peruvians can take the cheapest train of all: tickets from Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo cost less than $4 per person. But that train (called "the local train") is as unconfortable as the worst public transportation that ever exists (we, my adorable boyfriend Bruno and me, took this train when leaving Machu Picchu town. For
people with no money adventurers like us it was ok).
In the other extreme, there is the extremely expensive higham bingham train. ¿Luxury? ¿in Perú? ¿Are you kidding me? If you travel with luxury you are avoiding real adventure, damn! I coul take these photos because Bruno and me were walking!
Current Music: Andrew W.K. - Party Hard
Cusco Region - Perú December 2012. Going to Machu Picchu town.
Photo Models: My beloved boyfriend Bruno and my wolfie Başka :D
Current Music: Alien Ant Farm - Smooth Criminal
In XXI Century, Pirates don't make you walk on their plank. They crush you and "burn" you with the CD-ROM they use to pirate software:|
Pirate Black Beard:- Now you will learn to not legalize our software! Aaaarrrr!!
Nikolai:- You don't need to pirate that software, it is free! You just need to enter a free registration code...
Mini Jack Sparrow:- We are pirates, we pirate even free software!
Nikolai:- oh gosh... please don't tell me you pirate Ubuntu too.
Rigth, The Pirate Dinosaur I have since 1996:- Of course, idiot, we even pirate the GPL and the GLPL licences themselves!!
Nikolai:- oh gosh....
More cool blog entries:
This is the most awesome pirate I've ever seen!
OMyGosh I want this collection!!
How could I forget these pirates?
I really like these fighting pirate figures
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Current Music: Ismael Serrano - Papa Cuéntame otra Vez
This is the famous bridge over Urubamba River:|
This is the rail by the side of Urubamba River:
Location: East side of Los Andes mountains, Amazon Rain Forest Highlands, Cusco Region, Perú.
Current Music: Mijares - Acércate
On our way from La Hidroeléctrica to Machu Picchu town.|
To the left it is the rail of the train that goes to Machu Picchu town, there's no other way to go there.
Photo models: Bruno and Başka :D
Current Music: Rammstein - Reise, Reise
This week’s assignment from th League of Extraordinary Bloggers: “Spacemen.”|
General Grievous:- What the f...? Don't enter like that, human. Do you want me to cut you into pieces?
Nikolai:- I'm looking for the funny spacemen that live in this spaceship. This week's League asignment is about spacemen and they're the only spacemen around.
Raven:- They are walking on Galaxy M51. So we took their spaceship for a while.
Nikolai:- Wait... that galaxy is more than 20 light-years far away from the Milky Way. And did they go without their spaceship?
General Grievous:- They didn't need their spaceship for walking on that freaky galaxy. And, if you didn't notice, they're just behind you, moron.
Nikolai:- Is this some kind of joke... oh... yeah. I got it. "Walking on the Galaxy M51...
... on an old Astronomy book cover".
Funny Spacemen:- Look folks, we are reaching the center of the Galaxy, Yeaaaahhh!!
More funny spacemen related posts :D
Spacemen toy collection!
E.T. in spanish says: Mi casa!!!
Mexico loves Repops!
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Current Music: Barış Manço - Nick the Chopper
Amazon rainforest starts around 3800 m.a.s.l. on the east side of Los Andes Mountains. Any Amazon Forest above 500 m.a.s.l. is known as the Amazon Forest Highlands, and above 3000 m.a.s.l. weather is cold.|
Of course, we (Bruno and me) got cold rain, specially when we were to +4000 m.a.s.l. because this is the rainy season in peruvian mountains.
Saldy many mountains suffered from deforestation, and the forest can't recover because rain produces erosion so trees can't grow again. But in the parts when forest is untouched, the views are beautiful.
that day (Dec 24th 2012 if I remember well) we arrived to Qolcapampa (¿3000 m.a.s.l.?) after walking many hours, when we could rent a small room and buy a dinner and, the next morning, a breakfast. From Qolcapampa we passed by a town called "La Playa" (The Beach) where visitors use to spend a day. I really really don't recomend to spend any hour in La Playa, it is a freaking ugly place!
We arrived to Santa Teresa, a town surrounded by hills totally deforestated. Then we took a car to La Hidroeléctrica, where they sell the train tickets to Machu Picchu town (known as Aguas Calientes too), but the hours when the train arrives are 7.00 am and 3:00 pm. It was around 11:00 am. We didn't want to wait for the train, so we decided to go walking to Machu Picchu town (around 3 hours walking).
Apart of the train or walking, there's no other way to arrive to Machu Picchu town.
Current Music: Curacao - Yiasou
We could arive to Salkantaypampa after an entire day of walking from Soraypampa. "Pampa" is a quechua word and (in practice) it means something like "flat area". A Pampa can be the small flat area near a mountan, or a large flat territory.|
Despite what Wikipedia says, a Pampa can be located very high. The following photos were taken to +4000 m.a.s.l. All of them portray Salkantay Mountain:
I just had a few moments early in the morning before clouds covered the mountain.
Notice the changing light. Sun was a joke, we had cloudy sky and (cold) rain that day.
The last night we had full moon and clear sky. Snow shine with moon light. Sadly, my cheap digital camera gets blind at night, so I have no photos :(
Current Music: Las Supremas de Mostoles - Sigo Siendo una Mujer
We spent one day and a night in Mollepata. The next day, at 6:00am we started our journey to Soraypampa.|
Mollepata is located at 2800 m.a.s.l in Anta Province, Cusco Region. It is the starting point of the alternative path that goes to Machu Picchu town. If you don't want to take the Inca Trail, this is your alternative: cheaper and with very few people around.
This is a photo of Mollepata:
uuuhh... rainy clouds ahead!
At 2800 m.a.s.l it is warm enough to have this beautiful landscape:
Our journel that day was like this (walking):
First day: Mollepata - Soraypampa (25 Km) from 2800 to 3800 m.a.s.l.
More photos coming!
Current Music: My Little Pony - Raise This Barn
In the small towns on peruvian highlands (the country) people have guinea pigs inside their kitchens because it is warmer there. People cook using firewood. House rooms (dining room, kitchen, bathroom, etc) are build around a courtyard.|
It is better understood looking at this photo:
My wolfie Kurt was in the courtyard trying to reack the many guinea pigs inside the kitchen. These animals are no pets, they are food for people.
The translation to spanish of "Guinea Pig" is "Cobaya" or "Conejillo de Indias". In Perú a guinea pig is called "Cuy" (pl: "Cuyes").
Current Music: Tarkan - Hatasız Kul Olmaz
These clouds brought some lighting to Cusco city sky!
This photo was from the second floor of a snack restaurant :D
In the parade square, we also found this:
A nativity scene made with figures with elongated necks.
If you're in Cusco and see figures with these necks, you can be sure they were made by the Mendivil family, a famous family of artisans and sculptors in Cusco. The elongated necks are their art's characteristic.
Current Music: Faudel - Mon Pays
Bruno and me were traveling in Cusco Region the last two weeks of December :D|
Cusco Region includes a part of Los Andes Mountains and the Amazon Jungle.
First we arrived to Cusco City, locate in Cusco province)
There were Xmas Lights!
Form late November to late March it is the rainy season in Los Andes. Despite summer is getting started In the South Hemisphere, the highlands are quite cold because the "rainy season" also brings snow (if you're above 4500-4800 m.a.s.l) or hail if it is cold enough. I recommend you to bring proper clothing and shoes that resist getting wet.
Because of influence of Lima City lifestyle (located in the desertic sub-tropical peruvian coast) people use the worst fabric combination for rainy-hard weather: cotton, wool and jeans. In Lima it never rains enough to use proper rain clothing and its weather isn't too cold or too hot for using special clothing. In peruvian coast's boring weather you can wear cotton, wool or jeans with no problem, but in the rest of Perú weather is so hard that this combination will make you feel unconfortable.
If you walk across Cusco city you can identify peruvians (mostly locals that are no wearing their traditional clothing and people from Lima city) because they dress as if the were in the peruvian coast!!!
Current Music: My Little Pony - Babs Seed
"If money was not a concern and you could choose any career path, what would be your ultimate dream job?"|
Uh... a hard one. I'm already working at something I love like crazy: Computer Programming, Yeah!!
But, there is, in fact, a Dream Job I want to achieve. Like other two league members: Jathniel and That Figures, I want to be an astronaut too!
Inside me there's a 5 years old child that really really wants to go to the space, explore planets and use a fancy uniform, with a helmet :D
Okey, being an astronaut is freaking hard, expensive and, if you live in Perú, simply impossible. But I started to think and
I conclude some amazing things:
1. Astronauts go to outter space in a spaceship.
Fact: Earth is in outter space, traveling around the sun, across the Milky Way. By this definition: it is a spaceship.
2. Astronauts explore
Fact: Earth is a planet
3. Astronauts use cool clothing
4. Astronauts go to hard environments where they need special equipment
5. Astronauts face death
6. Astronauts are cool
After considering this, I finally thought:
¿why can't I be an astronaut on Earth?
I made this thinking some years ago. So I started to explore Earth.
So I became a mountaineer.
(San Andrés Mountain in early 2012: 5100 masl. I'm the one to the left)
It is my dream job because they don't pay me for doing mountaineering/being an earth astronaut.
Other great leaguers:
Dork Horde Leader works in his dream job :D
Henchgirl wants to rule us all :D
This is Inspiring!!!! :D :D :D
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Current Music: Tarkan - Arada Bir
"Lomas" are the name an ecosystem in the desert receives in Perú. "Lomas" are a desert during almost all te year, but during two months each year (from mid September to late October, sometimes until early November) and thanks to the light rain of the coast, plants grow everywhere where the soil is fertile. Plants can grow more than a meter and a half in just two months, produce their seeds and die when those light rains are not enough, because it is almost summer and heat make the ground dry. The seeds remain under the surface until next year, when the cycle repeats again.|
This photo was taken last November. By now (December) this place is probably a desert again.
With plants, there are flowers, insects and birds. I don't know the name of these flowers. I like them, they look like candy :D
Current Music: Jari Sillanpää - Takes 2 To Tango (Eurovision 2004 Finland)