Posted by: Jessie Kwak | October 12, 2009

Bikes and football on a sunny/windy/rainy day

(Written October 11)  We met Kelly through Couch Surfing, and went out for dinner last night at a delicious little pizza joint. She’s a pre-school teacher who has lived in Cajamarca all her life, though she has a penchant for travel and a knack for meeting travelers.

We met today in the Plaza de Armas, which had unexpectedly become a velodrome.  Rob made friends with some of the mountain bikers who were about to load into a truck bound for Cumbe Mayo so that they could come hurtling back down to Cajamarca.

The Plaza de Armas becomes a velodrome.

The Plaza de Armas becomes a velodrome.

Kelly came with us to a football game, UTC vs. Universitario Trujillo.  It was a sad day for Cajamarquino football fans, as UTC lost 2-0. Salt in the wound after Peru’s crazy-insane loss yesterday to Argentina. Condolences to all.

Since Kelly and I talked through the football game, I can’t give you a play-by-play of the action, so I leave you with this:

The cries of the venders of the Estadio Heroes de San Ramon.

  • A big man, a tray of cut sugarcane balanced on his shoulder: “Caña suave!”
  • A little girl in a neon pink skirt and day-glo orange jacket: “Gaseosa-agua-mineral-gase-OH-saaah.”
  • A weathered brown man in a ripped t-shirt: “Ceviche mixto, rico ceviche!”
  • A man balancing an enormous rack of cotton candy: “Algodones, algodones!”
  • A boy dressed all in brown, pulling a wheeled blue ice chest: “Marcia- Marci-AH-nooos!”
  • A woman with a basket of peanuts: “Mani-mani-mani-mani-mani-mani!”
  • A tall man in the yellow D’anafrio ice cream uniform: “Helados cinquenta, helados cinquenta.”
  • And the stout women in traditional layered skirts and the wide-brimmed cream sombreros of Cajamarca, walking by with tupperware bowls of chocho salad, native white beans mixed with cilantro, peppers and lime. They never say anything at all.
Not sure if I want to risk trying stadium ceviche....

Not sure if I want to risk trying stadium ceviche....

Those little white beans look so good!

Those little white beans look so good!

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  1. Just read your different postings. I spent two and a half months in Peru last winter. I just could not get enough of it. We traveled to some of the same places, you and I. Thanks for the refreshing memories.


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