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  • Community – Peru

    Design students have created an award-winning prototype for a human-powered washing machine that costs less than $40.

    When two design students from the Art Center College of Design in  Pasadena, California visited a village outside of Lima, Peru, they realized they  would put their skills to use on improving the lives of the impoverished. Based  on the visit, they decided to develop a commercial product that would increase  efficiency in laundry by eliminating the physical stress of hand washing clothes  and saving the amount of water wasted. Thus, the GiraDora,  a foot-powered washing machine was … [Read More...]

    A Story to Read

    Never try to take a cab in downtown Lima,Peru’s capital, on October 18! You will be stuck for the rest of the day because of the millions of people who fill up the streets to celebrate the Lord of the Miracles, the most popular religious icon in the country. No other event can mobilize so many people; not even national soccer matches or political elections. It has even been claimed that the procession of the Lord of the Miracles is the religious event inLatin Americathat gathers the largest … [Read More...]

    “Four days less for every book they read”,

    Brazil will offer inmates in its crowded federal penitentiary system a novel way to shorten their sentences: four days less for every book they read. Inmates in four federal prisons holding some of Brazil's most notorious criminals will be able to read up to 12 works of literature, philosophy, science or classics to trim a maximum 48 days off their sentence each year, the government announced. Prisoners will have up to four weeks to read each book and write an essay which must "make correct … [Read More...]

    Restrictions almost ruined our Pisco

    US restrictions almost ruined the traditional drink of Peru: Of all the potent potables knocked flat by Prohibition, none has taken longer to climb back up to the bar as pisco, the clear, brandy-like Peruvian liquor. For a half-century before the Noble Experiment, it dominated the West Coast drinking scene; picked up by California-bound sailors after rounding Cape Horn, it practically built San Francisco, whose bars overflowed with sours, punches and shot after shot of straight pisco. Yet by … [Read More...]

    Vagabond Tales: Cellphones And Candy Bars In The Floating Islands Of Peru

    There is a running joke amongst Peruvians that when it comes to Lake Titicaca, Peru got the "Titty," and Bolivia got the "kaka." All anatomical and bathroom jokes aside, the world's highest navigable lake does in fact stretch across the borders of both nations. When read from left to right on a map, it would appear that the Peruvians may have a reason on which to make their case. My mind didn't spend too much time dwelling on this, however, as I motored across the placid lake waters for the … [Read More...]

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