Public urination in Peru is common. I saw two incidents this week, both worthy of mention.
One night I was riding the combi home. The driver (a male) said to the cobradora (a female) that the little girl sitting up front (about six years old) had to pee. It’s common for the children of combi workers to ride the bus with them all night after school; not everybody can afford child care. The driver and cobradora may have been married, or maybe just one of them was the little girl’s parent. Anyway, the cobradora took the little girl off the bus at the next stop. She didn’t take the girl’s pants down or anything. The little girl just stood there on the sidewalk while the attendant waited for her. After a few moments, the attendant picked the little girl up, got back on the bus and put her in the front seat. Maybe she got shy. I hope that’s what happened.
Another day I was walking past a bridge that goes over Avenida Ejercito. Under the staircase leading up to the bridge, I saw a bare ass squatting. Then a stream / explosion of urine came out the other side. I was overcome with shock as the figure stood up and turned around. I was an old Indian woman urinating under the bridge staircase for all to see.
I told this story to an arequipeño friend. He told me about some French friends of his who visited Puno. When they were on the bus they saw a chola woman do the same, but she was going #1 and #2.
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