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Inside-Peru Newsletter, Issue #01 - Branding Election Tsunamis
April 15, 2011
Well, Lin and I are finally taking a moment here at Inside-Peru to
review some of the things that have been going on since our last newsy letter to you (usted, tu, or voz).
It means Peru. This is called "branding" and is done by all major product companies. Since tourism is a major product, countries are now developing their own "product branding."
Nice, isn't it?
Presidential Elections in Peru
There is a presidential election here that has heated up. The left-leaning candidate has gotten the most votes in the preliminaries and there will be a run-off election between the top two in June. At least that's how I understand it.
This has caused a drop in investment confidence in Peru. Some people are not happy.
"Heating up" is probably not the term to use here for an election, as the only ones who are heated up are the political parties and their cronies. The average Peruvian is pretty cool about things. I mean, it doesn't make much difference to the vast majority really who wins, since they never get any benefits from a new government anyway.
That's why the government fines people here for not voting. It's the only way to get people into the ballot box. Oh well.
Tsunami Effects in Peru and Some Observations
The tsunami "scare" was more of a warm issue here on the coast than the election. A good part of the town evacuated to the hills right back of the houses here the evening of the threat. The evacuation was leisurely since there was so much advance warning.
The news pouring in from the terrible consequences in Japan had us thinking more about the drama and suffering there than the possible effects here. But...
A tsunami is an unpredictable thing. It is almost a certainty that a tsumani in Japan will not affect the coast of Peru too much. But it is possible that a certain spot could get hit hard. That possibility is what makes the most hardened person think twice about staying in the low-lying town areas.
"Hmmm, where will it hit...if it hits?" We lived in Nicaragua and had friends in the coastal town of Casares. There was a tsunami warning a few years ago for the Pacific Coast of Central America similar to this one. Nobody got hit EXCEPT Casares. The wave washed away part of the beachfront town area including a hotel and some tourists lost their lives.
What happens is that the wave can wrap in on itself because of various factors that may be present. When the two arms form a V, the wave at the apex of the V can jump up double the size of the wave itself. Since the angle of the V is just a small point, wherever that hits is where the problems are.
On the whole Pacific Coast, that spot happened to be Casares.
It could have been Los Organos, Peru. Even if it is only a slim possibility that we would get hit out of the whole coast, who wants to be there when if it does.
Well, not much happened here. But the effects of the super high tide-like effects did cause some strange things along the beach, like seeing the tide rise when it should be going out or vice versa for a couple of days afterwards (ripple effect). Hardly noticeable to some but obvious to people like us who walk the beach and rocky points a lot.
Nice, isn't it? The logo, I mean.
Well, enough of that. Now this:
Here's some older posts you might have missed:
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