El Condor Pasa

The Peruvian song “El Condor Pasa”. Description below, at the last paragraph.
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+ Hmm…You deal with business well… (the seller says to me in a bit frustration, after persistently bargaining and getting the thing at the price I want)
– Of course! I’m Turkish! Hahaha… 🙂
+ Israelis are also like that. Is that country close to Turkey? There are a lot of Israelis around here.
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PS: Israelis are in the whole South America. After they graduate from high school, they do around 3 years of obligatory military service and later travel with the money they got from the government during this process. It’s common to encounter them in any hostel or in any city in South America. They also usually travel in groups.
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However, on Internet and my guidebook, Cusco is written as the “South America Gringo Capital”. It’s one of the biggest authentic colonial cities I’ve seen, with lots of bars, restaurants, hotels, plazas, cathedrals, tourism agencies crowded with tourists on narrow pebble streets in colonial architecture.
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A few days ago, I went to a nearby small village called Chinchero, due to hearing its sunday market. It’s not a popular town, not even on guidebooks. While I was walking on deserted street on my way to its market and feeling happy that I’m the only stranger, a bus load of tourists arrived in front of me, entered to a yard of pre-organized textile shop by tour operator, which has workers dressed culturally, gringo priced goods and local shows. At least, I entered with them, to learn about textile making, without buying anything of course. Just taking some photos of textile workers and watching how they make it.
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When I arrived to market, there were only a few strangers. Handcrafts took my attention. They are beautiful and cheap, but not unique; can be encountered in Cusco too. Yet, choices are wider in the market. These markets, handcrafts, look of people make me remember their Guatemalan counterparts. I bought a few things, including a flute, made of alpaca bone, from a local man. The reason was, the famous, distinctive Peruvian song “El Condor Pasa” was being played. However, don’t forget to bargain in these markets, as prices are increased for strangers. Experienced it in reality too, while I was sitting in a corner in the market stealthily, observing people, and hearing the deal with lower prices between two locals.
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So what is “El Condor Pasa”? It’s considered as the second national anthem of Peru, based on Andean folk music. Originally composed for a musical theater play in 1913, it has become very famous with more than 4000 versions and 300 different lyrics. The play is about the clash between Peruvian mineworkers and their European bosses. The condor, flying on mountain, symbolizes the freedom that’s been long-awaited. Here’s the original lyrics:
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Oh, majestic condor of the Andes,
Take me to my home, in the Andes, oh condor.
I want to return to my beloved land and live with my Inca brothers,
Which is what I long for, oh condor.
Wait for me at Cusco, In the main square,
So that we go to walk to Machu Picchu and Huayna-Picchu.
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Ey Andlar’ın muhteşem kondoru,
beni evime götür, Andlar’a,
Ey Kondor.
Ülkemi geri istiyorum, ve
İnkalı kardeşlerimle yaşamak istiyorum, bunun hasretini çekiyorum,
Ey Kondor.
Cusco’da, ana meydanda
bekle beni,
Machu Picchu ve Huayna Picchu’ya
gidebilmemiz için