"Lo que natura no da, Salamanca no presta" or
"What nature doesn't give, Salamanca doesn't loan"
I heard Sergio use this saying to talk about one of the bakery employees. It's one of Peru's many etymological inheritances from Spain.
The University of Salamanca near Madrid is one of the oldest in Europe. But if you weren't born with a certain capacity, like common sense for example, Salamanca can't even help you.
But why refer to an ancient Spanish university when Peru claims the oldest university in the Americas, University of San Marcos?
My opinion? They should forget Salamanca and start talking more about San Marcos--a real gem to be proud of.