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    • After being mobbed by a bunch of awesome kids in a small indigenous settlement in the high Andes in the Huarascan national reserve area, Peru, I got thinking how similar are the questions they had for us to those of kids from any other country - including my own.

      This is what the Quechua village kids wanted to now:

      - we have Facebook down there, in the village plaza. Do you have Facebook?

      - what do you do when you travel and travel, and then you're suddenly hungry? What do you eat? Do you eat pancakes?

      - is this your TV? (pointing at my GPS)

      - where is Lithuania?

      - why do you have an earring in your tongue? Did it hurt?

      - who is the most famous football player in Lithuania? Does he know Messi?

      - how old are you? Wow, that's very old.

      - why are your eyes blue?

      - when you travel round the whole world, will you remember us?

    • Why don't they ask about your hair?! It's awesome, btw. They have remarkably modern clothes. I guess synthetic fabrics are everywhere now.

    • Yes they are - I actually talked to Rocio, an indigenous Quechua woman from a tiny village in the Peruvian Andes and a good friend about this. She says it's mostly just too expensive and time-consuming to make the traditional costumes now. She still wears a traditionally embroidered dress, apron and hat from time to time, and so do her girls:

    • ... but it's mostly for festive reasons, or special occasions. It takes Rocio months to weave and embroider the fabric; her husband used to wear tradition alpaca/llama wool pants, poncho and a hat that she would make, but it's too expensive and takes too long now. She says it used to make sense, as the woolen clothes would protect much better from the Andean cold, but now that their livelihood is changing (keeping a hostel instead of herding animals in remote highland pastures), it isn't necessary. And synthetic clothes are so widely available and so cheap.

      For younger people, it's also the "cool" factor. Most young Peruvians, Ecuadorians, Bolivians want denim and smartphones, not woolen pants and a shepherd's whip.

      The world is getting smaller and more uniform by the hour;)

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