Thursday, August 16, 2007
Sister (and brother-in-law) city
Lima, Peru is far from Jakarta, but they have a lot in common: noise, heat, corruption, crazy traffic, exotic fruit, tasty local cuisine, extreme wealth, extreme poverty, street vendors, people from small towns who've come to make their fortune (they don't, mostly), guys hanging out of buses shouting destinations, taxis that honk at you whenever you walk down the street, rampant black-marketeering, etc. In fact, I think I was more prepared for Jakarta because I'd traveled to Lima to visit my beloved brother-in-law Jose.
So it's eerie to have a quake hit Lima just a week after one struck here. Theirs, of course, was much more severe. Fortunately Jose's family is OK (he and Cathy live in the States now). Let's hope the tectonic plates have worked out their differences for a while.