I’m Going to Hate Peru

I really need to get this off my chest. While my wife is off gallivanting around the globe, the closest I come to travel is the fifteen-minute walk I take every morning. When I get back to my desk, I report my observations on Twitter (@richarddenooy, #walk) in the vain hope that they will entertain and enlighten my followers. This is not only tragic, but also quite a challenge, because it’s hard to keep seeing new things if you stay within the same square kilometre.

My wife seems to take pleasure in mocking my mundane existence by downloading her photos onto my computer. She’s not the world’s greatest photographer, but even a three-year-old with a camera would take fabulous photos of the spectacular places she visits. It really is bloody annoying. But as I was looking for photos to illustrate my point, I started wondering which of us was getting the most fulfilment from our travels. And, being a competitive soul, I also wondered which of us was the better observer/reporter.

So I’ve come up with a simple contest. I’ve selected eight of my wife’s best photos from her trip to Lima, Peru. Instead of captions, I’ll place one of my favourite tweeted observations from my morning walks under each photo. I’ll leave it up to you to decide which you like best: her photo or my caption. You can award one point for each photo-caption pair, either to me or to my wife. And if you’re feeling particularly reckless, why not post your final score as a comment below.

I think I’m going to hate Peru.

Peru - Photo 1

Take pride in your bodies, cyclists and joggers, but get a second opinion before wrapping them in spandex.

Peru - Photo 2

The Lost Man, with his plastic bag and wide-eyed stare, walks ten paces then turns and glances anxiously like an abandoned child.

Peru - Photo 3

Hovering above the autumn leaves, a defecating Dalmatian sets a mighty challenge for its poop-scooping owner.

Peru - Photo 4

Cyclists who are unable to adorn their handlebars and carriers with brightly dressed infants, use plastic flowers instead.

Peru - Photo 5

The bell tower of Jacob’s Chapel is empty. Time has taken its toll.

Peru - Photo 6

Autumn blows in hard, chases showers across the water, floats the big birds slow over the city, powers the aerobatic gulls on the canal.

Peru - Photo 7

The mist has pitched a grey tent on the water so that the ducks can conduct their forensic investigation in peace.

Peru - Photo 8

If I climb up on the roof and bang my head really hard against the gutter, the gardens below look a lot like Machu Picchu.

Your scores, please. Be gentle. And fair. You can do it. Come on.

Richard de Nooy

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PhilipFerdinandClaes

Someone who likes to read books and leave the rest to his imagination/own traveling experience will like the captions.
Someone who likes movies or lacks imagination prefers the photos

PhilipFerdinandClaes

Someone who likes to read books and leave the rest to his imagination/own traveling experience will like the captions.
Someone who likes movies or lacks imagination prefers the photos

Philip Claes

Someone who likes to read books and leave the rest to his imagination/own traveling experience will like the captions.
Someone who likes movies or lacks imagination prefers the photos

Danny

Well I counted 4 for pics and 4 for captions. The last one was hard, I really love the photo, but yur caption killed it XD So that tied the game for me :P

Danny

Well I counted 4 for pics and 4 for captions. The last one was hard, I really love the photo, but yur caption killed it XD So that tied the game for me :P

Marien

i can only compare honestly if you swap next week.

Your wife on Twitter and pictures from your daily walk.

However, for now a tie. You’ve got a new follower, i’m planning my holiday in Peru as we speak!

Marien

i can only compare honestly if you swap next week.

Your wife on Twitter and pictures from your daily walk.

However, for now a tie. You’ve got a new follower, i’m planning my holiday in Peru as we speak!

Barnabasbruwer

Six for Richard two for pictures. The blue balcony is a definite winner!

Barnabasbruwer

Six for Richard two for pictures. The blue balcony is a definite winner!

Cheap RV Rental

I also agree with magnificent photos. Combination of photos
and caption really matters a lot for reader. You have expressed almost everything
about the destiny and rest of imagination will satisfied by visiting the place.
 

Cheap RV Rental

I also agree with magnificent photos. Combination of photos
and caption really matters a lot for reader. You have expressed almost everything
about the destiny and rest of imagination will satisfied by visiting the place.
 

Richard

Thanks for the votes! Just got back from my rather chilly morning walk with a headful of fresh observations. Here’s one for starters:

Starting a car first time on a chilly day is no great achievement, unless one’s partner has been trying in vain for 15 minutes.

You’ll find more on twitter: @richarddenooy #walk

Richard

Thanks for the votes! Just got back from my rather chilly morning walk with a headful of fresh observations. Here’s one for starters:

Starting a car first time on a chilly day is no great achievement, unless one’s partner has been trying in vain for 15 minutes.

You’ll find more on twitter: @richarddenooy #walk

Hecate

Very tricky this, but what fun. Honesty compels me to say that as a poet, your comments win (one point each and two each for the forensic ducks and the gutter headbanging), but alas alas, everything else that I am is ravished by the pics. Plus yr Dear One cheated when she snuck a cute puppy into a pic, thereby swaying this judge irrevocably in her favour.

Hecate

Very tricky this, but what fun. Honesty compels me to say that as a poet, your comments win (one point each and two each for the forensic ducks and the gutter headbanging), but alas alas, everything else that I am is ravished by the pics. Plus yr Dear One cheated when she snuck a cute puppy into a pic, thereby swaying this judge irrevocably in her favour.

joseph

Peru is a very cruel,racist and a land of hypocrites.I know peruvians who fled the country because the police or the military believe they are terrorists,communists,spies,drug smugglers,gays and lesbian,etc.But they are not any of those terrible words.I known,recently,a peruvian male who is considered terrorist just because police 30 or more years ago mistanky thought that..And the courts never prosecuted him because he is 100 percent innocent.Every time peruvians recognized him is street callthem “terrorist,terrorist,homosexual,communist” and he had to escaped,tell police what happened but he cannot get rid of the stigma..This is the greatest injustice i ever heard,,peruvian entrepreneurs want to kill them(He lives in the united states and there is subject of contonous harassment,stalking,dead threats and another peruvian,who was paid by the entrepreneurs almost killed them in his own house..Why peruvians entrepreneurs do not ask for an extardition from the usa..,,they do not do that because thay will fail that petittion..rather than convince themselves he is guilty of terrorism they are looking for him and got offered rewards of more than half a million fi someone caught and kill them..Peruvian government believes the military is looking for terrorists in UNITED STATES when this innocent,sweet,nice,honest man lives and says that this man has another name and they are looking for someone with their fictituos name in order to pretend thet are not looking for him….Can you please expalin me where he can ask for help..FBI,Pentagon,CIA,etc.He is American citizen who speaks fluent English and posses College education IN UNITED STATES<THE COUNTRY HE REALLY LOVES AND REVERE…

joseph

Peru is a very cruel,racist and a land of hypocrites.I know peruvians who fled the country because the police or the military believe they are terrorists,communists,spies,drug smugglers,gays and lesbian,etc.But they are not any of those terrible words.I known,recently,a peruvian male who is considered terrorist just because police 30 or more years ago mistanky thought that..And the courts never prosecuted him because he is 100 percent innocent.Every time peruvians recognized him is street callthem “terrorist,terrorist,homosexual,communist” and he had to escaped,tell police what happened but he cannot get rid of the stigma..This is the greatest injustice i ever heard,,peruvian entrepreneurs want to kill them(He lives in the united states and there is subject of contonous harassment,stalking,dead threats and another peruvian,who was paid by the entrepreneurs almost killed them in his own house..Why peruvians entrepreneurs do not ask for an extardition from the usa..,,they do not do that because thay will fail that petittion..rather than convince themselves he is guilty of terrorism they are looking for him and got offered rewards of more than half a million fi someone caught and kill them..Peruvian government believes the military is looking for terrorists in UNITED STATES when this innocent,sweet,nice,honest man lives and says that this man has another name and they are looking for someone with their fictituos name in order to pretend thet are not looking for him….Can you please expalin me where he can ask for help..FBI,Pentagon,CIA,etc.He is American citizen who speaks fluent English and posses College education IN UNITED STATES<THE COUNTRY HE REALLY LOVES AND REVERE…

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