All posts tagged: Peru

Psychedelic Experience

During the summer of 2011 while visiting Cajamarca, Peru, the city was bustling in preparation for the country’s Presidential candidate, Keiko Fujimori, who would be making a stop to rally for the community’s support, but also celebrate her birthday.  Our hotel, Costa del Sol, was located along the Plaza de Armas which gave us front row access to all the festivities happening right outside. Prior to Keiko’s arrival that evening, we decided to walk around the Plaza and sit with the locals, but to my surprise, we were approached within a few minutes of leaving our hotel asking to take a photo with us.  I thought it was strange, but didn’t think too much about it.  As nightfall descended and the music and dancing from the front stage started to pick up, I started to feel a bit overcrowded.  There were hundreds of people that suddenly appeared out of no where and kept staring at our group.  Slowly, I started to pay more attention to what the crowd was saying as they pointed at our …

Life is a Highway

My love for travel comes from both of my parents.  I recently came across a photo of my mom in her early twenties posing with some friends in front of the Republic of Chile signage along Route 5 .  It is remarkable that I also traveled on that same road when I decided to bus it back to Santiago, Chile from Bolivia.  Life moves on, but geographical landmarks will always remain and remind us of those who came before us. I am grateful that my mom was not afraid to explore new surroundings, but I cannot imagine what a road trip must have been like during the 1950’s, for I am now spoiled with the comfort of large travel buses that purr you to sleep on initial departure from the bus terminal. Thanks to my mom’s travel stories, when it was time for me to spread my wings, I never hesitated nor doubted myself, as I knew if she could do it, so could I.  Let’s hope I can also instill in my daughter the …

Que se le ofrece, Caserita?

Outdoor markets in Lima, Peru, can always be interesting and rewarding, especially if you are looking for fresh products or tasty treats. As you pass by a stand the vendors will loudly greet you with “Que se le ofrece, Caserita?” (What can I offer you, lovely customer?) and it can get overwhelming seeing all that they have to sell, but this should not deter you from walking through an open market. Some of my most memorable experiences of living in Lima come from these open markets full of vibrant colors, bustling noises, rich conversations and intense smells. During a lunch outing with my cousins we decided to visit the neighborhood of Lince and eat at a small cevicheria stand at the local market where the fish being prepared for the customers was brought over from the adjacent stand. Seeing all the fish and seafood options was mind-boggling but soon realized I didn’t need to worry as I was going to be eating the catch of the day in my ceviche dish and wouldn’t have to …

S is for Sand Dunes

When visiting Peru, one of the places to include on your list is the Ica Region, also known to the Peruvians as the “Land of the Sun”.  The land is very fertile due to the warm dry climate. There is an abundance of grapes grown here.  This area is also known for the delicious Pisco – the national drink of Peru.  There are many vineyards found in this area attracting many visitors all year round. But, one of my favorite things about this area is the massive sand dunes surrounding the area. After a nice visit with various vineyards, and an afternoon at Huacachina, as we were headed back to the hotel, we noticed several locals climbing up to the top of the sand dune behind our hotel.  We asked at the front desk what they were doing and where they were going.  All my husband heard was sand surfing and he was very excited. We were very lucky to have stared the climb before dusk so we could climb the enormous sand dune and enjoy the sunset while hitting the …

G is for Gelato

One of my favorite desserts is vanilla bean ice-cream.   However, when ever I visit Lima, Peru, I always indulge in a hefty serving of flavorful gelato made with local Peruvian fruits from Cafeladeria 4D.  It was by chance that I found this place with one of my classmates back in the days when I was studying abroad in Peru.  I remember the day we walked into Cafeladeria 4D it was a very warm summer.  We decided to follow the crowd down the street to the cafe.  At first I thought why would I want to go to a cafe and drink a warm beverage?  But, when I saw what was in store for me, I was in heaven. During every visit to Cafeladeria 4D, regardless of time of the year, I have found delicious gelatos made from various local fruits as well as those made with rich decadent flavors that include chocolate.  There are so many flavors to choose from that one visit is not enough.  The portions are generous and while you ponder which …

D is for Dim Sum

I am told that you can find at least one Chinese restaurant in every country.  I am not sure if that statement is true, but I was pleasantly surprised to find a huge Chinatown in Lima, Peru.  During our outing in downtown Lima, we headed for Chinatown, also known as Barrio Chino.  I had the onos for some yummy dim sum.  Welcoming us as we walked into the Wa Lok chifa (term used for a restaurant only heard in Peru) was a clear glass case that housed a few of their tantalizing dishes.  Though my traveling companions preferred the sweet treats, I steered in the direction of these tiny appetizers. After an hour of feasting, I was completely satisfied and thankful to have found a few dishes that I recognized.  There are many Chinese restaurants on O’ahu that serve dim sum, and are usually crowded on Sundays.  The fun part about the dim sum eating experience is having the food pushed on carts brought to your table.  Usually the dishes are served in steaming bamboo baskets. …

A is for Amazon

During one of my holiday breaks while studying abroad in South America, I spent one-week in Iquitos, Peru.  It was always a dream of mine to explore the Peruvian Amazon.  Being able to travel through the Amazon river with a local native was so surreal.  The small canoe we traveled in might have been fine in the smaller tributaries, but when we were in the middle of the large Amazon River, where you cannot see land on the other side of it, I felt a bit meek and scared. Along the way, we would pass small villages and get to see the daily happenings of the locals which included washing clothes along the river.  Some folks even were swimming and fishing.  I was terrified of swimming in the river as I was scared of the piranha that might be lurking in the brown water.  I hardly set foot in the water unless it was only a foot away from the shoreline. Every evening we would stop at various resting spots.  One of my memorable ones was with a family …

Two Cents Tuesday Challenge: Painting

“What does painting represent for you?” – Graffiti on a wall, framed flowers in the hall, a masterpiece old or abstract bold, the sides of a house, finish on a car, commercial or couture … While I appreciate looking at art made with paints, I really love the intricacies of woven fabrics.  My favorite is looking at the beautiful tapestries made by the women in Peru.  The colors and patterns that are made with the weaves are so lovely.  I am always amazed when I come across one of them.  These woven tapestries can me worn or just hung on your wall. You can find many of these tapestries sold at various locations in Cusco, Peru.  There are stores that sell them, but you can also find them when visiting tourist locations. Take a look at other blogs participating in the Two Cents Tuesday Challenge: Painting

Share Your World – 2014 Week 2

If you had to move to a country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move and why? Since I still have family in Peru, I would opt to live there. I love the people and the food. I do not like Lima for all the congestion, so I would want to live outside of Lima. The northern coast of Peru is lovely and the weather is great. I would not be able to swim in the cool water, but will be able to eat lots of seafood. Music or silence while working? I love music, especially when having to work out. It keeps me pushing it and finishing a workout. But when I have to sit behind the computer and work silence is better. Otherwise I may start daydreaming to the lyrics of the song. What is your favorite color? I love hues of orange and red. Best color to describe it would be coral. Do you have a bucket list? What are your three items? A bucket list are things …

Cee’s Black and White Challenge: Sculptures, Statues, Carvings

Located directly outside of the Museo Nacional de Arqueológia, Antropológia e Historia del Perú on the Plaza Bolivar, there is a carving of a woman’s face.  This lovely tree carving is still rooted to the ground.  It was by chance that we found it on our visit to the Museo.     Woman face carved out of a tree trunk Please visit Cee’s blog to see other blogs participating in the Black & White Challenge: Sculptures, Statues and Carvings