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@Chapman15 (1503)
United States
January 31, 2007 10:55pm CST
I went time traveling for the past two weeks! No, not the same type of time traveling as when you black out from drinking too much and end up waking up somewhere foreign, and in the future! I just got back from Peru, and for the most part, we were in secluded areas... Throughout our trip it felt like we were somewhere back a few decades... Many of the people we came across had fairly simple agendas, such as; eat, feed their families that night, and get enough rest for the next day to do it again... Nobody was starving, but nearly all we came across will probably never have a credit report/card, have a bank account, watch television for more than a couple hours a month, or running out of rich tourists to take advantage of lol! So, are our lifestyles that much better? They have a far lower suicide rates! They have simple plans for crops, making money, education, etc. The biggest difference between them and me is that it's been ingrained into my mind throughout my life that time is money! Their time isn't money, they don't worry about any of the same things that we do here in the US.... If you ever get a chance to time travel, you should take that oppurtunity! It always changes your perspective!
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@Nagareru (308)
• Peru
1 Feb 07
hey yeh, when you travel to peruvians sierra is like that... it is a long trip were you can see how people there has adapted to the simple life, they are classifie as poor people coz they dont have to much money, they dont have lots of goods. but their have a good life, they maybe dont use pc as much as we do but they live in touch with earth, plants and animals... it might be hard for us to understand pretty well that... but was that what made the great empire of the Inkas... just see macchu picchu... and all the other ruins... wich are all over the country... (greetings from a peruvian dude here in lima :D)
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@Chapman15 (1503)
• United States
2 Feb 07
Wow, I think you're the first person I've seen on here from Peru! I was dumbfounded by how simple of lives they live, and how easily they get along with eachother... Everyone does their job, and that's all that's asked of them!
@Nagareru (308)
• Peru
2 Feb 07
:D yes, when i also traveled 2 the sierra i got the impression u had... it seems nice huh xD
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@Chapman15 (1503)
• United States
6 Feb 07
Definately something you don't see everywhere! I'm definately going to try and make it back there one day!
@smuggeridge (2157)
2 Feb 07
Welcome back. I'm jealous, i'd love to go to Peru, or anywhere in South America really, just looks so amazing. As for your question, is life in these developed worlds better? I suppose we get more time for fun and unique experiences, i doubt most of those people you met will ever travel more than a few miles from where they live. Life is probably the same from day to day, as you said just get food, eat, sleep, get food again; i sometimes think life would be getter if it eas a bit simpler, but maybe not that simple.
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@Nagareru (308)
• Peru
2 Feb 07
well lima is a normal big city, 2 big if you tell me... in our sierra most of the life is simple... 2 simple if you tell me xD... but if you are looking for fun and unique experiences.. well peru is very good at it... ^^ i recomend it 2 you xD... you can get a lot of adventure here 2 :P
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@Chapman15 (1503)
• United States
6 Feb 07
I doubt I could live that type of life, and I'd probably live in a more populated area if I ended up moving there. Probably wouldn't last without TV and internet lol!
@mayshoe (606)
• India
17 Feb 07
yea it is true and real world........i am from india and the conditions you saw in Peru are the same here but a bit better...........but still i avoid tv ..i prefer internet rather..........we have here six days a week rather than five and we get only one day of rest that is sunday and even if we want to go out we cant in one day and be again in the 9 to 5 .........time.........Rather than travelling we should be productive in the upliftment of the poor and educating them.......it is just my view and i do so here ..visiting orphons and less privilaged........Good for you but only life comes once so enjoy it .....but i consider the life for others is also first so i make them enjoy..............
@claudia413 (4284)
• United States
4 Feb 07
Welcome back, and it sounds like you had a great time on your trip to Peru. I do hope you will post several pictures so that we can see them. You are so right when you say that time traveling changes your perspective. I still hope to get that chance one day. My brother-in-law took a trip to Costa Rica a few years ago and loved it so much that he has moved there. He said it's a much simpler way of life and one that he was ready for at this stage of his life.
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@Chapman15 (1503)
• United States
6 Feb 07
I have lots of friends that have gone to Costa Rica and keep going back... I wonder if there is something in the water?!?
@moreinfo (3867)
• China
3 Feb 07
welcome back. wow, you had a wonderful trip there. only got to know more about the mysterious peru from discovery series. hope someday could pay a visit there.
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@Chapman15 (1503)
• United States
6 Feb 07
You definately should! Travel anywhere in South America. I went to Argentina a couple of years ago, and would reccomend both places highly!
@kokopelli (4842)
• United States
2 Feb 07
machu picchu, peru - machu picchu
welcome back chapman! i can tell you had fun! did you go to machu picchu? i saw this pic and boy, it made me wanna go visit peru too! any moral lessons from the trip? lol!
@Chapman15 (1503)
• United States
6 Feb 07
Hmmm, moral lessons, I guess one would be, every country likes to try to take advantage of tourists lol!
@Idlewild (6105)
• United States
1 Feb 07
Welcome back, sounds like a great trip. Did you go there for any particular reason (archeological trip, eco-tour, college reunion, etc.)? Actually I'm guessing you went there just so you could find lots of topics for Mylot discussions, right? By the way, do Peruvians prefer Coke or Pepsi? ;-)
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@Chapman15 (1503)
• United States
1 Feb 07
Lol, I found that I started liking Inka cola! It tastes like cream soda! I pretty much just went for fun, and to find some mylot topics lol! I went with two friends, and they had most of it planned at the beginning of November. It sounded like a good plan, so I thought it was worth spending all my money on lol! Got to hike a bunch and see all the sites and people, and I found out that all those years of Spanish are paying off!