An apthapi can be described as the altiplano version of a potluck. Here in the city, food may be brought in casserole dishes or pots, or simply wrapped up in an aguayo blanket. The blankets can be conveniently opened and set out on the floor, indoors or out, and everyone helps herself to a handful or bowlful. Potatoes in diverse forms and varieties (such as chuño, papalisa, and sometimes my favorite–oca) are usually plentiful. Other standards include cooked bananas or sweet plantains, corn, fava beans, and cheese. I personally love eating with my hands, but as a foreigner and pampered guest I’m frequently offered a bowl and spoon. As each person finishes eating, he says “Gracias” to those who have shared the meal with him.