An Ode to Pulpo de Olivo

Oh, pulpo de olivo. You are literally a pile of tentacles covered in purple goo. The circle of your octopus suckers, the oozing purple sauce created from blended olives, the greasy drip of the olive oil… Visually speaking, you’d be too crass for the Teletubbies, and arguably too ridiculous for Dr. Seuss. And yet, you have…

Green Things in Lima

When you live abroad, a lot of things help remind you that this isn’t quite the place you grew up in. Sometimes it’s big stuff, like the way the people look or what language they speak. Sometimes it’s just the stupid trees. Ivo and I live right across the street from the Park of Heroes. Since…

Hair Salons in a Second Language

Living in Lima is not like traveling in Europe. When I traveled in Europe, it was a pretty safe bet that everybody spoke at least a little English. I felt like a giant American toddler. I bopped around, knocked things over, required help at every turn, and sure enough, some kind English speaker would materialize as…

La Preferida

We’re back in Peru! There are so many fabulous ways to spend my time in this country. Ancient ruins, ocean, jungle, desert, farms, music and bars and bizarre entertainment venues and shops. Nothing so far though – nothing – has been able to top my love of eating in South America. Machu Picchu is stellar, but for the love…

¡Regresamos!

For one full year, Ivo Martin Alcazar Balarezo lived in Ft. Thomas, Kentucky. He ate traditional Southern cuisine. He watched horses race.  He went to a baseball game. He attended local events like a champ, including but not limited to… He lived in a land-locked apartment. He got to see the leaves begin to change. …