Prior to going to Peru, the news was that Machu Picchu was closed and that tourists were being airlifted out by helicopters. However, in driving around the countryside outside of Cusco, you could see the real life implication of the heaviest rains in 20 years. Mud brick houses destroyed. Health department tents set up. Service projects, like river clean up, had begun.
Yesterday when visiting a friend, she said "you heard about what happened at the Olympics on Friday, right?" I had no tv or internet access on Friday or Saturday, so had no idea about the athlete who was killed on the luge track. What's news depends on where you are.