Friday, August 12, 2016


Spanish as spoken in Peru has adopted many words from the predominant indigenous language, Quechua.  Uquspa is a Quechea word that means the first rain of the year.  If it occurs in August, it's considered a sign that farmers will have a good harvest.  The earlier that it arrives, the better the prognosis.

The uquspa arrived today, the day that we found a house to rent in Huaraz.  So we'll consider it a good omen for our stay here as well.

The rainy season -- when it rains almost every day -- won't begin until late September or early October.

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