Saturday, January 29, 2005
I lifted weights for the first time in over a year this morning. It was HOT. Not to complain, but I am such a spoiled baby used to air-conditioned gyms and all in the states. The place I was at didn't even have fans and the weights were all rusty. On the plus side, it was only 75 cents. All in all, I would take the un-airconditioned rusty weights for 75 cents over the airconditioned $75 per month gyms in the states.

We have a wedding to attend today. It should be fun. Unfortunately weddings usually start about an hour late down here. For some reason you are still expected to show up on time though. I have high hopes for punctuality tonight. And if not, no worries. I am getting pretty good at waiting patiently.

We got a bunch of dvds from my brother and we have been watching recorded episodes of Monk. If you haven't seen the show you should check it out. It is on USA Networks I think. Very funny stuff.

Well that is about it for today. Sorry for the light blogging of late. We have been pretty hectic in the office lately. Lots of work and translations to do. Hopefully pretty soon here I will be doing some computer workshops for the FH staff here.

Wednesday, January 26, 2005
Here is an interview with Hernando de Soto, everybody's favorite Peruvian economist. Not to brag or anything, but I have a book signed by him. I can see you are all green with envy.

He talks about the lack of functioning legal system being a fundamental cause of poverty which is basically the thesis of his two books.

Wednesday, January 19, 2005
Some Peruvian political news in case you are interested.

Tuesday, January 18, 2005
Well we are back in Pucallpa and enjoying being home. We stepped off the plane to 95 degree heat with 100% humidity. However, I am to the point where it really doesn't bother me that much anymore. When we were in southern Chile where it was so cold I was longing for the jungle climate.

I have my laptop back again which is really nice. Tricia and I don't have to fight over one computer anymore. It is summer break for classes at the Refuge so I will be teaching the FH staff these next couple months rather then at the Refuge. We have a bunch of photos that we will be putting up on the website shortly of our trip.

Hope everyone had a great Christmas and a happy new year.

Today's Recommended Reading

Thursday, January 13, 2005
We have not fallen off the face of the earth. We are still in Chile, finishing up what has been a very interesting and fun trip. Lots of interesting things have happened to us. For example, we took a bus from Lima to the Chile border. It was about a 18 hour trip and was comfortable (at least for me, Tricia had some gastro-intestinal difficulties which are not uncommon living here). When we reached our destination and got booked into our hotel and unpacked some clothes I noticed that my sweatshirt inside my backpack was wet. "Oh, well" I thought to myself, "this happens a lot on buses. Your luggage often gets wet." A few seconds later I noticed a strong smell of urine. Yep, that's right. Somehow my bag was peed on in the luggage compartment. And somebody must have drank a Super Big Gulp at 7-11 if you catch my drift. I had to spend about $25 dollars getting all of my clothes and backpack washed. I was not a happy camper.

When we get back I will write more about our trip. Chile is a beautiful country and we have really had a great time overall.

Tuesday, January 04, 2005
This is a rather lengthy article on Jeffrey Sachs, an influential economist who is calling for vastly increased amounts of foreign aid to Africa. The big debate is whether foreign aid really helps or is just throwing money away when dealing with countries with bad governments.

The latest World Development Indicators (bunch of data on poverty) from the World Bank shows that 18.1% of Peruvians live on less then $1 per day. 37.7% live on less then $2 per day. Virtually all of the people FH works with in Peru fall into the first category of less then $1 per day.

According to this article, 2004 was a good year for the poor. I hope so. I am looking for the World Bank study that it refers to.

Sunday, January 02, 2005
This incident is nowhere near Pucallpa.

Well we are in Arica, Chile right now on vacation which is why the blogging has been light. I assume you are all up to date on the tsunami disaster. If you are looking to donate funds I recommend either going to Amazon and donating to the American Red Cross, or check out World Vision.

When we get back from Chile we will be posting a bunch of pictures of Machu Picchu which we went to with my folks. It was really quite incredible.


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