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  1. What are you cooking today?

      There was a lot of Chinese immigration to Peru in the 1870s and 1880s. Most of them were labourers originating in  Canton province.     Macau, which of course borders onto Canton, was a Portuguese colony, and there were ships sailing between Macau and South America, so that made it a destination that was relatively easy to reach if you were wanting to work abroad.   Of course, the first labourers were engaged in hard physical labour, such as  collecting guano for fertiliser, but some of their descendants opened restaurants. Peruvian-Chinese cuisine is considered an actual sub-group of Chinese cuisine, basically Cantonese cooking adapted to what is available in Peru and to local tastes.     Edited to add: what did I cook tonight, to keep it more on topic. Well, by coincidence, something based on Cantonese cooking and adapted to local ingredients: soup made with Chinese sausage, garlic, potatoes and beans. 
  2. Is Quentin Blake still good school?

    My son was at the school until last year (he's started Gymnasium now).   Throughout the six years he was there, some teachers were adequate, a very few were awful, and some were wonderful. There was only one teacher where all parents agreed that the teacher was awful, and that teacher has now retired anyway.  With the teachers that my son had - teachers that I personally thought were doing a fantastic job - there were ALWAYS a few parents loudly complaining to everyone about how awful they thought those very same teachers were. So a lot of these perceptions are clearly pretty subjective.     So, based on my experience there: -it doesn't matter really what 'reputation' the school has, within each school some of the teachers are better at their job, some are worse, and your child's experience will depend on which teachers he ends up with. -I do know parents whose children went to Charles Dickens school, and parents who sent their children to some of the private schools. In much the same way, their child's school experience was more an issue of which teachers they ended up with, rather than an issue of what the school as a whole was like. -if a random person asked me if they should send their child there, I would say yes.
  3. Waldkita Experience?

    A couple of other parents at my son's primary school had their younger children at a nearby Waldkita. I went along a few times with them to the Waldkita in the morning after the older ones had been taken to school.  Obviously I didn't have personal experience, but I was seeing how the place was run, how staff/parents/children were interacting, and so on, and thought it looked great.   I also saw the same Kita children at the end of the day, as their parents picked up the Kita kids first, then went to the primay school to pick up the older siblings. By the end of the day those Kita kids were often an awful lot dirtier than kids in a more standard Kita would have been, so you would have to be mentally prepared to do a lot more washing of clothes/bodies/hair than would otherwise be the case. Really, that's the only negative thing I could say about it!