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Photo of the Day – Peruvian Cliffside View – Lima, PeruOn our very first day on our trip around the world back in 2009, Will and I explored the upscale area of Mira Flores in Lima, Peru. Our long walk from our hostel to Mira Flores took us along these steep oceanside cliffs. Even though we were so close to the water, we didn’t get the feeling that we were remotely near a beach.
Photo of the Day – Bullfight Ending – Plaza de Acho – Lima, PeruLet me first start off this photo of the day post by apologizing to everyone – the photo I am publishing today is absolutely foul. I’ve debated for a few weeks whether or not to share this one with you, however ultimately this scene was something I witnessed on the road in South America and I feel it is important to sometimes share the reality of what I see and to not limit our stories to just describing the perfect pockets of the world.
On the third day of our big trip around the world in 2009, Will and I purchased tickets to a bullfight taking place in the over 350 year old Plaza de Acho arena in Lima, Peru. This was our first (and probably last) bullfight experience. The inhumane violence that took place in the center of the arena was as expected, but neither of us were prepared for what our eyes saw after the event. The losing bulls were butchered on site and left out in the open for all to see as they passed through the outside of the arena.
If you’re looking for a longer description of this experience, including a pretty gory video, check out the original blog we wrote on the fight – http://www.quitandtravel.com/2009/11/08/lima-peru-day-3-bullfighting/.
Photo of the Day – Mountainside Homes of Lima – Lima, PeruThis is one of the first pictures Brad and I took on our around-the-world trip in 2009 and 2010. We were attending a bull fight in Lima, Peru, at Plaza de Acho and I remember spotting this while looking behind the stadium from our seats. Our seats were in the “nose bleeds” which gave us a pretty nice view of the neighborhoods behind the stadium.
These neighborhoods remind me a lot of the Brazilian favelas that cling to the mountains and hillsides around Rio de Janeiro. Similar to these houses in Lima, they are brightly colored, very close to each other and almost give the illusion that they are built on top of one another. In fact, many of them are! It’s a shame that there aren’t some neighborhoods around the US this colorful regardless of the class of citizen living in the homes.
Photo of the Day – Camera Friendly Butcher – Chinatown Market – Lima, PeruWhen I am looking through my camera lens I become a different person. The second my eyeball peers through the viewfinder I lose my outgoing personality and instantly clam up. I find it very difficult to take photos of people and their possessions in public. I know I am not alone here; I think that most people don’t feel comfortable permanently capturing images of people and things that are not theirs.
I took this photo while walking through the famous Chinatown Market in Lima, Peru. I spotted a stack of skinned and gutted dead animals lying out on a counter – not something that I am used to seeing every day. I held down the shutter release and started snapping away. I quickly caught the attention of the shop owner. I thought he was going to come over and yell at me, but to my surprise he swung one of the full dead animals in the air and held it above his head to pose for a quick photo shoot!
Photo of the Day – Chicken Shopping – Lima Chinatown – Lima, PeruAmericans are absolutely terrified of seeing their food in its raw animal form. We don’t do heads, we don’t do feet, we don’t do the insides, and we almost don’t even do bones. Basically, if anything that you sell me in a store or serve on my plate has any visual representation of the animal it came from – no thank you.
Markets around the world fascinate us. Could you imagine if this was where you bought your chicken breasts?
Any theories on why we are so “chicken” about our food?