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February 26, 2010, 10:36 pm
Filed under: Peru

Dear friends,

It’s been three months, but pictures of my day in Peru have finally been posted, which you can check out here. These are the final photos from my South America trip, and I feel a sense of accomplishment from finally getting them all up, but also a sense of sadness- I think the reason why I dragged it out so long is because I didn’t want to admit to myself that my travels are ‘temporarily’ over. Also, since I’m not in travel mode for me right now, it’s hard for me to be in that kind of space while writing on this blog.

However, I knew that I had to get to Peru sometime, so here goes: I spent one day in Lima, the main city. I visited my friend Sonja who was currently living and studying there, and she took me all around to see the sights and to taste the amazing food. It was an amazing, fun day.
First, we headed over to Barranco, which is an area in Lima chock full of poets and artists- you could call it ‘the hip area’ of Lima. Taking a cab there proved to be an interesting challenge, because no one was willing to take us for the real price (most of them demanded twice the price). After half an hour of searching, we finally were able to take a cab for the correct price with one willing cab driver (note to travelers: just hold out on the cab drivers), and so we hopped in and headed over to Cafe Tostada for lunch. Cafe Tostada is AMAZING. We drank Chicha, which is this popular Peruvian beverage (it’s fermented and mostly made from maize. I wasn’t the biggest fan but it did the job). We then ordered their famous dish, which was fried rabbit rubbed in orange. Absolutely amazing. The worst part of the experience? As soon as you enter the restaurant you are bombarded with frames upon frames of cute little bunny rabbits. I had to avert my eyes as I sucked the orange off of the fried rabbit.
After lunch we decided to stretch our overly full stomachs by walking along the ocean of Barranco, which is incredibly beautiful. Two men serenaded us while we walked over a bridge overlooking rows upon rows of brightly colored house stretching out to the sea, and I remember feeling really happy where I was and enjoying all of the beautiful architecture in front of me. Barranco is definitely a place to see. We headed over to a small park where indigenous crafts were being sold, and entertained ourselves by dressing up sweaters and bags. Sonja bought a Peruvian flute earring to commemorate her music experience, as she was studying ethnomusicology in Peru. There was also an incident with a candy apple which you can check out in the photos.

After wandering around Barranco, we headed back to Sonja’s house and took a nap before going out to Miraflores, the ritzy area of Lima, for dinner. We decided to splurge a bit and head over to Huaca Pucllana, which is one of the best and nicest restaurants in Peru. We spent the evening dining on Peru’s finest delicacies (anticuchos, fried guinea pig which was surprisingly DELICIOUS, lomo saltado, and pisco sours) until we were so full we couldn’t move. I would go back to Lima JUST for this restaurant, it was one of the best I’ve ever been to. And with a nine course meal, it cost Sonja and I only fifty dollars.

In the end, while I was only in Peru for one day it was incredibly fun and light-hearted, which is exactly what I needed before flying to the US the next day. Thanks to Sonja for taking me out for such a great time.

And that’s it with the South America adventure folks! Expect an update soon about what I thought of it overall.
Much love,

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