The old and the new juxtapose incongruously throughout Peru…one of the delights of traveling here. Vendors display traditional weavings--ponchos, blankets, and hats—alongside Vendetta ski masks copied from the Occupy movement. On cobblestone streets in Ollantaytambo, where buildings have stood for hundreds of years, this traditionally dressed woman was speaking intently into her cell phone--until she saw that I wanted to take her picture and buried the phone in her pocket. Rural homes built of mud may not have a bathroom or a closet, but will probably boast a television set--and guests will have to step carefully to avoid the guinea pigs running freely across the floor—one of the original forms of "fast food.”
May the marriage of old and new be a long and happy one!