Marilyn Geary

Journeys Illuminating the Old Ways

Marilyn Geary

2014 Oct Day 19 morning Ayacucho

South America
The Americas

We visited a tinsmith this morning who showed us his methods and work. Despite having won many national awards, he lives very simply. His daughter had to tell him where to center his tool for a design as he is losing his eyesight.



A typical older woman from the countryside walks the streets of Ayacucho. Fewer women dressed like this will be seen as the old women pass away and the younger ones dress in miniskirts.


This man is a master alabaster carver. He showed us this tool which he uses to work the stone. It is made of a piece of a special tree. He inherited it from his grandfather.

Back “downtown,” we came across a massive parade. It seems there’s one every day. October is the month of miracles, the largest celebration being in honor of El SeƱor de Milagros, where masses of people flock to Lima to follow his image through the streets. Here in Ayacucho, the Plaza is a perfect place to hold parades and this is the first of two we saw today.

The kids have great fun in these processions, and their dancing is exuberant if not always fine form.



The vendors are all out in their finery to sell sweets.



This lady is making muyuchi, a hand-made ice cream typical of Ayacucho. She makes it by twirling milk and other ingredients around and around in a bucket full of big blocks of ice.


Throwing caution to the wind, I tried one. It tasted like caramel. Not bad, but the many ice cream stands around the plaza sell better tasting stuff. It was a little prelude to lunch, which we ate on the ViaVia cafe. It is very convenient with good food and a nice atmosphere. We usually have two hours for lunch, it goes quickly, for even though the food is good, the service is rather slow, and the wait staff runs on Peruvian time.









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