Peru Travel Stories, Page 30


There is a strike or paran here in Cuzco, Peru.

All the business are supposed to be closed.
All the transportation is to stop.

In reality almost all are open, just more difficult to enter, maybe you have to know, the door will be closed, but they are working inside. Never sure what the goal is, seem like they want a vacation day because these have been going on for years and very little change. However I have no idea what the issue is or really I am not concerned.

Blogger Problems as Explorer Blocks Spell Checker

A... Windows explorer is blocking the spell checker.
I have to desbloquerer. Un-block
B... It is in Spanish so I have be very careful, it will save my password in the internet cafe, allow me to move away from the page etc.
C.. Right now it must be 7:00 at night in the USA and the blogger is very busy. It starts to process and it just sit there. Then I try to stop it, but I discover it has saved it, but not published it, so I am writing this email for one reason, to get the prior post to publish.. I hope!

I requested an English link in China, this is the link but I forget to use it...


I found this plastic pitcher used to heat water, I decided to tear it apart, I can hear my mother saying,
"Andy always tears things apart to see how they work!"

Ok, I want to see if I can take this heater and install it on travel bottle.

Here is page with a lot of photos of travel type bottles. Took a second look at the page, these will leak in your bag, I am trying to show the size, these are the right size and this is the first page I came to... do not buy, I am not recommending, just to let you get the idea.

So here I am tearing apart this brand new pitcher for heating water. I have this looking like it is ok, but I have already torn the bottom out, no worries only 10 soles or maybe 3 dollar U.S.A. but curiosity has a price.

This is the heating element, I am wondering if I can install this on a travel bottle, the goal is bring the water to a boil for purification and coffee, chi, tea, as you wish. No good for rice because the burner is in the water and would get all messed up.

A door lock in my hotel, the big swinging handle enters the hole in the round device. It does not work or they are not using, the drilled a hole in the rod so you can use a padlock.


One of the greatest parts about being in Cuzco being able to go the big Quechua market, buy a couple of chicken breast, come back to the Hostal or Hospedaje and cook the chicken. That much protein in one spot if wonder in these cheap to live countries.

I am in the Quorichaska Hostal on Nueva Alta and it safe, secure, and the kitchen is free, but only moderately clean. However if you pretend you are camping and out cooking, it is a lot better than a camp fire. Free bread and jam in the morning with kick a.. strong coffee, or Coca Tea.

I never feel safe until I can have my own padlock on the door, private toilet for 20 Soles, about 6 dollars U.S.

These new pop-up blockers, security by Explorer is killing the ability to use a spell checker with I click on one wrong dialog in Spanish and I lose my blog. I have to copy, so I can try again, or risk losing.

Peru Import Export Material Problems

I am trying to purchase clothe materials here in Cusco, then hire a person to make these small secret pockets I sell. I have increased the size to roughly 20 Centimeters wide and 14 Centimeters in depth, this should work a little better for larger passports of some countries and plane ticket.

It is fun to have projects when you are travel 365 days a year, I suppose the big project for most long-term travelers is drinking, but for me trying to think of great travel products is fun.

If I had to pay myself by the hour to do this, even at 5 dollars an hour I would be broke, this type of product is a real killer. Eventually I hope to perfect this and make thousands at a time, but as for now I am still worried about design and quality, but I do think I will purchase 1000 of these little babies, and that should suffice. I am 95 percent sure I have a perfect design.

This little thing will take the place of the encumbersome money belt, and much safer because there is no way to sit it down and walk away because it is sown inside your pants.

So first attempt to locate a place to have made....
The guy kept saying manana, then in the end lost my example.

Next guy made it different than the example.

I took a break, walked into the open air market here and thought I get some MONEY, oops, I mean Mani, this is peanuts in Spanish, at least here, Coacahuates or something like that in Mexico. Well, while walking around I see ladies or Campesino ladies sewing inside the market. They are more or less the Quechua and not the Mestizo bunch. I walk around till I see this happy 25 year old girl by the name of Carina. The name is probably more or less Carinosa, meaning caring in English. Well she made a perfect little bag in 15 minutes and no mananas, and we agreed to make 50 more starting on lunes, or Monday. Tomorrow is Domingo or Sunday and I cannot help but respect that.

I have discovered if I pay a couple of dollars to a vendor that does not have a product and says down the street they sell them, I can do better if the person is paid and shows me. This saves hours of time walking around.

So I am making progress, I will probably send home with DHL, strangely Fed Ex and UPS are almost never to be found. They only are in strategic location, they must subcontract out most of their shipments overseas, so I trust DHL because their trucks are everywhere in the world.

One of these days I will learn how to put that little mark above the n in Manana, but until then it is spelled wrong.

Shipping links


I walk down the sidewalk in Cusco, Peru, a person walks towards me, I think they will move over to share the small sidewalk, instead they do not change, they walk right into me, BUMP or I have to walk off the sidewalk, which can be a little dangerous as the road is only wide enough for a horse drawn carriage and the sidewalk idea came later.

So there is a constant bumping of bodies, I am always wondering and trying to pinpoint the reasons, is there a primitive more basic life mannerism that says it is not important and we should just bump, has the more developed societies learned or unllearned this behavior?

Nonetheless I am about a foot taller than most people, so the bump they receive is more than I receive. This can be annoying and dangerous for older people or small people.

Here is a tip I wrote years ago about this annoyance.

Here is a list of annoyances around the world, please add some if you wish with the form at the bottom of page.

There is a difference between annoyances and danger, and if you live in a Five Star you are probably there because you really do not want to know the people.


I am now back in Cuzco, maybe Cusco, Arequipa was boring and I was having trouble with the Hostel idea, I need an "Administrador" as they say in Spanish and my friend from England is not going to work out.

I have not mentioned it yet, but there was in interesting ecological experience along the Inca Trail. There was a very hihg falls that splashed down, bouncing off of rocks protruding out of the side of the mountain, then splashed into a pool. This created a constant mist or small cloud, but what was more interesting is the vegetation down below appeared the same as when in a rain forest. A mist forest, like a rain or cloud forest.

I for sure only felt one time I was really in aRain Forest and that was on the bus trip between Quito, Ecuador and Coca, this was before I got on this boat trip, that was uncharted when I did it and not in the guidebooks, I am not sure now, but I do not have a guidebook right now, still looking for used, maybe it is in the guidebook.


If you cut down a rain forest, it almost grow back the next day because there is so much water.


I am trying to see about secret pocket I sell, and maybe make some backpacks, I purchased about 12 dollar worth of materials to work on the backpack design, oh yea and some travel pants.


I am confused, I think this is a correct design for a solar hot water system, however this is not on the roof of my Hostal. (That is spelled correct for Peru) The hot water heater is higher than the solar collection panel.

Arequipa, Peru is full of places with solar energy, but that does not mean it is working good, here is my rendition of the correct way to set up a... my opinion of course, looking for help.
Hot Water Tank as storage and heater when low on hot water.

They pump the water from the street level normally or a well up to the top of building.

The water flows to the panel, now I would put a very large coil of black tube on the roof and forget about the expensive panel.

The water flows down to into the cold water entrance of the hot water heater, then comes out hot.

If the water is already hot it just adds more hot, but sort of pre-heats the water for the electric heater.

The hot water tank serves as storage.NOTE- The shut of the electricity all night to the electric heater. To me this is when it should be on from about 3 to 6 in morning.

PLEASE tell me the errors of my ways, keep to solar heat please, add comments in comments link on the blogger page.