Cajamarca RPCVs: Did you ever work in or around Cajamarca while you were serving in the Peace Corps in Peru?

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By Admin1 (admin) ( - on Sunday, February 20, 2005 - 11:29 pm: Edit Post

My Peace Corps service in Cajamarca
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By dennis magnuson ( - on Saturday, March 05, 2005 - 11:02 pm: Edit Post

Cajamarca letter from Dennis Magnuson, December 1964

Dear Gang in Lima,

We received your package two days ago just as we were ready to leave Cajamarca. We were happy to get our long-awaited mail from home as well as all the Peace Corps memos.

We hope to be back in Lima in time for Christmas. We are really looking forward to the strawberry sundaes, indoor toilets, and running water. Needless to say we will be able to tell you about many humorous experiences including a six hour mule ride.

We have traveled to the four corners of the province and have acquainted ourselves with the dozen or so credit unions in this area. Not only have we audited and revised books in these coops, but we have given speeches, received requests for materials, and extended help from the Peruvian National Federation.

We have feasted on such Sierra specialties as rice and beans, beans and rice, peas and rice, peas and beans, sometimes the latter with rice. On rare occasions we have had the opportunity to sample such delicacies as fried guinea pig, breaded tongue, and the famed fried monkey.

With our three candle power light source rapidly expending itself, we must close for now, hoping that you are still enjoying the Lima party circuit. Hasta Christmas. Dennis

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