Otorongo, part 5



Tamshiyacu is a village located in the district of Loreto 30 km upstream the Amazon River from Iquitos. It is the place where Dr. Himmelbauer and his family live and well known for being the home of other curanderos like Don Augustine and Don Pedro. With about 8000 inhabitants, this village has more the appearance of a little town, having a town square, paved roads, schools, two colleges and many churches.




View from my room down to the street










In between the oneway roads there is always a strip of vegetation






The streets are always very clean




Every day garbage is picked up by this blue motorkar






A typical street in Tamshiyacu. They sell spices in the hanging bags.












Street down to the harbour. There seems to be as many dogs in Tamshiyacu as people. Every dog I met was peaceful, but some look very sick and abandoned.





A very sad looking dog, sick and obviously abandoned






Town Square with the view to the Amazon River





Town Square by night









One of many church services


Whenever I was in Tamshiyacu, I went to the market with Dr. Himmelbauer who bought fruit, vegetables, fish and meat for his huge family. His basket was always filled to the top.





Market hall




























The fish seemed to be breathing, opening and closing their mouth.












Alligator for sale




Head of a crocodile





These packages are called heads of St. John


One time his charming employee asked me if I would like to go on a motorcycle ride with her. She wanted to show me the village. I was a bit concerned, as I did not know her driving skills and the streets were wet. I agreed and we had a lot of fun!








Traffic jam over a bridge crossing a side arm of the Amazon River






After traffic jam





A house on stilts beside the Amazon River. The people living here experienced material poverty, but lived in a most gorgeous place!





We passed a clearing in the jungle located beside the Amazon River used for raising cattle. Meat from cattle is rare in Peru.



I felt safe to discover the village on my own and went for long walks. I never met another foreigner on my walks, which made me feel sometimes like an intruder. The people, however, seemed not to mind my curiosity about their way of life.






Washing laundry at a public well




Children and adults enjoyed the activity of playing with a ball.













The whole family playing a game with tokens


























Path beside the Amazon River

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Born and raised in a village along the Danube in Austria, Traude Wild soon ventured out into the world. After a two-year program for tourism in Klesheim/Salzburg, she spent nearly a year in South Africa and Namibia. By returning back to Austria, she acquired a Master of Economics at the University of Vienna. After moving to the United States with her four children, she studied Art History at Arizona State University and stayed in the United States for fourteen years. Here, she was teaching Art History in several Universities like Webster University and University of Missouri-St. Louis. Now, she lives partially in Arizona and Vienna and works together with her husband for the University of South-Carolina, Moore School of business as Adjunct Professor organising and leading Study tours in Central Europe. She also teaches at the Sigmund Freud University in Vienna. Since 1999, she is practicing Zen meditation in the lineage of Katagiri Roshi. She loves to hike and to write and is a student of Natalie Goldberg. During her often many weeks long hikes she brings her awareness into the Here and Now, describing her experiences in an authentic way. She loves to walk pilgrimages. The longest hike so far was the 1,400 km long 88 Temple pilgrimage in Shikoku, Japan in 2016.

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