The Banana Workers of Pucallpa

Hey everyone!

First and foremost, we are all doing great health wise. Drew took himself some broad spectrum antibiotics and is fully recovered. I myself am feeling a million times better after getting down from altitude! It’s incredibly hot here, and we’re feeling a lot more sleepy as a result, but other than that we’re super!

Our computer, on the other hand, isn’t feeling very good. For a couple days there the mouse and keyboard stopped working altogether! Rob suspected it was a loose cable, but we didn’t have the right screwdriver for the job. We were also checking out a nearby little port town and were unable to locate one. So even though we were seeing really great stuff, we had no way to edit or post them!

After returning to Pucallpa Rob managed to locate this screwdriver, and we were doing better. For a bit. But the heat here was just so rough, that eventually it shut down again. Then Rob realized that if we bought a USB keyboard and mouse it might bypass the problem. We set out down the road, and stumbled across a place where we were able to pick both up for $13! So now we have our computer back with a keyboard and mouse plugged in! We may look a bit ridiculous, but problem solved! We’ll be able to post more now, so we apologize for the bit of quietness, and are excited to get to share these images with you now!

Pucallpa is one of the three main cities in the Amazon. It is the only one connected to Lima by road, so it’s a very important trade port. It is on the Ucayali river, which connects to the Amazon. And as soon as you notice the river in this town, you are drawn towards it. It is incredibly wide and so fast moving we can’t even believe it.

Bananas are a very big part of life here. At the port we watched men unload thousands of huge bananas off the boats. At every restaurant we’ve had fried bananas and grilled bananas and mashed bananas and battered bananas. It’s amazing!

Here are some shots from our wanderings around Pucallpa. 

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 People here react to us very differently as photographers. In Cusco and the surrounding area, they nearly always expected us to pay them for photos, as I believe they are quite used to travelers wanting to shoot them. Here they ask us to take their photo just for the enjoyment of the interaction, and because we are almost an attraction ourselves. We’ve hardly seen any other travelers at all in the past few days, let alone any with large cameras. We always show them the image on the back of our camera and they laugh and jest with each other, and almost instantly someone else asks us to take their photo, or often their shy friend. It’s been such a heartwarming and amazing experience, and the photos are so genuine. We are very sad that we don’t speak Spanish, as we’d really love to be able to chat with them more, but we are quite resolved to learn it as soon as possible!


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We came across them drying corn out on the road. I couldn’t believe how much they had spread out there. None of them had popped, though with the intense heat here I wouldn’t be surprised!

 
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These three girls were so funny. I took their photo once.

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Showed it to them, and they began giggling.  
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Then one hopped down to get a shot with her brother. 
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Rob took an Instax for them and they promptly began showing it off to their mother.
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We really really love it here. 

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