Saturday morning coffee with Mr. Living in Peru!

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Time flies so fast when you are having a good time and before I knew it it was Monday, January 5 and six MBA students from Harvard University stood at the entrance to my office ready to help us figure out How to ensure children between the ages of seven and 13 have better access to books and how to make them read more .

It is a really interesting task, as it has been proven that children that read more at an early age have much better opportunities to learn later in life. As you know, the public educational system here in Peru is not highly regarded, so, through private initiatives, we need to look for alternative solutions. Along with Field (our group from Harvard University), my team and I are doing just this.

This week’s attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris, France is a tragedy not only to France, but to all of Europe, which has opened the borders and arms to the Muslim world, for one reason or another. Many countries have started to regret their decision to allow the Muslim culture to have such a huge impact on their daily lives. Right-wing parties are (again) about to increase their popularity among their citizens and stop this invasion of Europe which, up until now, has been silent.

I can understand that the Muslim people feel offended when their prophet, Muhammed, is being used in satirical cartoons; but, hey, that is part of life and freedom of speech. Of course, their religion doesn’t allow them to speak freely except when they wish to criticize the Western World and other religions.

I feel sorry for Charb, Cabu, Wolinski and Tignous, known to millions in France, and whom were assassinated Wednesday, at point blank range. Cabu and Wolinski, in particular, both in their late 70s, have accompanied generations of French people and made them laugh every week in many different publications, on radio, and on television, for over 50 years.

A French imam called the fallen journalists and cartoonists of Charlie Hebdo martyrs of freedom.’ Not only do I agree but I would like to add that most killed journalists in general die due to the power of the pen and their stories. Why, as in this case, do some feel it necessary to fight pens with bombs and machine guns?

Freedom of expression is, however, being backed up and supported by big names such as Google, Apple, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg, all of whom have condemned the act by making verbal and visual statements or, as in the case of Google, large monetary donations (nearly US$ 300,000 to increase the publication’s readership!).

Back in December a new discount airline, Viva Colombia, opened its route between Lima and Bogota. I’ve been trying to book tickets for days now and it hasn’t been a pleasant experience, which you can read more about here Yes, it is cheap, but….

You remember those days when you were stressed and unrested because you had 512 different things spinning around your head? It’s a horrible thing, which is why I suggest this TED video of the week where Jeff IIif explains why it is so important to get a good night’s sleep.

Not only do I have trouble sleeping when many things are flying around my head, but, in fact, during the last couple of years, I don’t sleep well if I eat too late and drink too much alcohol. Now Pisco Sour really kills my good sleep and I ALWAYs regret my decision to drink this wonderful drink in the evening, when I wake up at 2 a.m. and cannot fall back asleep.

It might be a little scientific, but I find this video One more reason to get a good night’s sleep’ very interesting, as it also explains how the brain cleans up everything while we sleep and how it helps us to do things better and avoid illnesses. Now, I’m going to do even more to get a good night’s sleep. What about you?

CHILCANO WEEK!

Yesterday, this year’s official Chilcano Week started, which means many bars and restaurants will be serving a variety of Chilcanos and, in many places, offering 2 for 1 🙂

Where does the Chilcano drink originate from? Some believe it arrived from Italy. What do you think? Here you can read María Pía Barrientos’ suggestion

Curious how to make a Chilcano?

INSTRUCTIONS:

4 ounces ginger ale
2 ounces pisco
1/2 lime (or 1 tablespoon lime juice)
Amargo (bitter)

Fill an 8 ounce glass with ice and pour the lime juice, pisco, and 2-3 drops of amargo into the glass before you top it of with the ginger ale. Some like to add a few drops of syrup (_jarabe_), but personally I think it becomes too sweet; instead, I prefer to add more lime juice 😉

This is the perfect drink for a warm summer day in the garden, the beach, or in any bar or restaurant that knows how to prepare a delicious and refreshing Chilcano. Enjoy!

Joke of the week:

Wife: How would you describe me?’

Husband: ABCDEFGHIJK.’

Wife: What does that mean?’

Husband: Adorable, beautiful, cute, delightful, elegant, fashionable, gorgeous, and hot.’

Wife: Aw, thank you, but what about IJK?’

Husband: I’m just kidding!

Have a great week!Now that New Year’s celebrations are over, how is Mr. Living in Peru enjoying 2015, so far? Read on and find out!

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Originally from Denmark, Carsten returned to Peru in 2002 with his wife and eldest son. He started LivinginPeru.com in 2005, among other ventures in Peru. Before this, Carsten has worked in tourism, living in France, Sicily, and the U.S., and promoted bands like Metallica, Def Leppard and U2 for PolyGram Records (now Universal Music). Carsten loves pisco sours, Peru’s cuisine, and traveling with his family within Peru, a country that he believes is the land of opportunities.