In the cloud forest, bromeliads thrive here as do orchids and begonias. The beautiful national bird of Perú with a weird name lives here: Cock of the Rock.
While on the train, I sat next to a Spanish speaker. He told me that he learned English by watching Friends, Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men. Most of their movies have been translated in Spain. They do not like listening to them. It is like listening to someone with a lisp. Translations from Chile are the best ones. They probably check the translation before they rent a movie. They do like Casillian Spanish.
I saw a cute little cat wandering around and I said, “Here, kitty, kitty, kitty.” He paid no attention to me. I thought that there might be a language barrier. I asked Kati and she replied, “It’s michi, michi michi.” It worked.
Today in the USA is a day that we call Memorial Day. This holiday acknowledges those who have died in military service defending our country. People gather at the cemetery and decorate the graves of their loved ones who have passed away. There is a veteran speaker, patriotic music, flag raising ceremony, and prayers.
Additionally, we acknowledge those veterans who have died within the past year. Their names are read. There is a 21 gun salute.
Dad would always make sure that we attended a Memorial Day service. Often, he was involved in some way, most likely playing Taps. It is the official start of summer and the swimming pools open on this day. We would have our swimming suits on under our clothes.