Happy Monday! I took my first official bus ride by myself in Lima this morning from my neighborhood of Barranco to the EPAF office in a neighborhood about an hour away called Jesus Maria. The ride cost me 36 cents. Looking at a map of Lima, you wouldn´t think it would take that long, but it did. Riding buses in Latin America is another unique pleasure. The buses — some tiny, some larger — are usually manned by two people: the driver, and a second male that shouts from the entryway the multiple destinations of the bus and collects money. When the bus stops, you sometimes have to run to get on, responding quickly to the money handler shouting ´´Suba! Suba! Suba!´´(¨Get on! Get on! Get on!¨) I jumped on the bus hoping to find a seat and make a mental record of where the bus was going, but I had to stand and the bus was so small that I couldn´t see out the windows. For the record, I am 6 feet 4 inches – not exactly a mirror of the smaller stature of most Peruvians.
Today, I am meeting with the executive director of The Advocacy Project and the executive director of EPAF in preparation for our trip to Ayacucho this evening. Our goal is to bring to life a vivid recounting of who those killed in Putis really were – their stories, their work, their struggles, and the history that was violently taken from them. The bus ride is about 8 hours to Ayacucho, and then another 2-3 hours to Putis. More updates to come …
Posted By Ash Kosiewicz
Posted May 26th, 2008