posted on Oct, 30 2013 @ 11:30 PM
reply to post by onequestion
I worked in Lima from '87-'89 during Alan Garcia's fiasco in power. My girlfriend's brother had a friend that was one of Garcia's bodyguards and
the stories of this president dancing on tables in brothels coked out of his head while his country spiraled into 2000% hyperinflation just added to
the all-ready surreal atmosphere of the place.
But the Shinning Path were very prevalent at that time; in fact, they were the reason that Lima had a curfew during my first year there. I can
clearly remember hearing, from my bedroom window, gunfire nearly nightly and at least once a month a bomb going off. The terrorists were usually
bombing the power pylons between the electric stations which were located outside Lima and the shanty outskirts of the city. This would cause 3 days
of power outage each time they did this which meant no running water in a tropical setting.
The Path also targeted banks and other institutions and I was actually outside of a factory in Callao when it blew up killing several people inside.
The panic was pretty bad and it took me hours to calm down afterwards. The bombings were so often that I eventually became used to the distant sound
of one going off.
Our salaries became worthless during this time and life was extremely difficult, particularly for families. Peru went thru 2 currencies during the
late '80s and it was an incredible experience living through that and it can never be forgotten.