Erik MH:


In which I set out for sal­chipapas, fail to order Bel­gian waffles, and eat a butifarrón

Camer­on & me at La Bodega Verde (photo I took in February)

… Did I learn from pre­vi­ous exper­i­ences? Did I stop myself cold and cre­ate a new plan? I did not, no. I decided to walk down Av. Almir­ante Miguel Grau towards the main square and either take away or find a nice place to eat. This nev­er works well, since my decision-mak­ing brain is the first thing to go when I get hungry.…

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RSS fans, rejoice!

The lack of an RSS feed at has been rank­ling me, since I myself prefer to use RSS to keep tabs on inde­pend­ent blogs. And so it is with a heart­felt “Finally!” that I announce my new feed. Just add to your RSS read­er. ProcessWire, as usu­al, made it very simple. As always, I’m grate­ful to Ryan Cramer for his intu­it­ive and speedy CMS.

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In which Erik travels health­wards and back again … and again … and again

Friends have expressed con­cern — and who can blame them? — that no one has heard a peep from me since I pos­ted the good news weeks ago that I didn’t have COV­ID, and the con­com­it­ant news that I did have flu.… I have been in Lima for 6½ weeks, all of which has been delight­ful. And on a few of those days I have felt 100% myself — and, indeed, those days have been ter­rif­ic. But for about half of the days I have been plagued by, shall we say, a fairly viol­ent ver­sion of a Com­mon Trav­el­lers’ Complaint.…

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In which my char­ger fails, and I track down another

Type O sock­ets in Peru

As any trav­el­ler knows alto­geth­er too well, there are sev­er­al dif­fer­ent types of “stand­ard” elec­tric­al plugs around the world. There are many web sites that pur­port to explain the dif­fer­ent stand­ards and that offer col­or-coded maps show­ing what plugs are used in what coun­tries — but the inform­a­tion is highly con­tra­dict­ory and, in the case of Peru at any rate, incorrect.…

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In which I don’t con­tract COV­ID, but am nev­er­the­less laid low

A happy sight

I’m a bit behind in post­ing, for which I ask your indul­gence. I’ll tem­por­ar­ily skip over my adven­tures of the week­end, and briefly write that a vague tickle in my throat on Sunday night developed extraordin­ar­ily rap­idly into a pretty bad ill­ness. This is 2024, how­ever, so the big ques­tion was wheth­er or not it was COV­ID, espe­cially since the symp­toms seemed identic­al to those when I con­trac­ted COV­ID in May of 2020. Dear Per­uvi­an Tolki­en Soci­ety friends poin­ted me to a MiFarma web page.…

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