This Weekend in Pictures (mostly)
We visited, an archaeological site from the Wari culture (500-1000 AD) that was right in the middle of Miraflores on Saturday.
It was a fun and interesting tour. And when I say ‘right in the middle of Miraflores’, I mean like this:
Also at La Huaca, an obligatory alpaca pic:
Back in orientation, my team won free one-day tickets to Mistura, a two-week long food festival that was amazing. It had the vibe of a small scale Lollapalooza or similar music festival, except the focus was (obviously) on food, and the bathroom lines were more reasonable. It was right on the beach, and there was even sun!
I spent 7 hours there, eating and sampling all different sorts of food, and only spent about an hour not walking from food booth to food booth… I was watching a live food-network type show.
Some foods I ate:
- Guinea Pig – tasted like dark turkey meat
- Alpaca – tastes like a really lean steak. Bien rico (really good).
- Lots of Ceviche – probably one of my favorite foods of all time… my host mom is going to teach me how to make it on Saturday!
- Leche del Tigre – the juice of ceviche (lime, spices, seafood, other stuff). It tastes like standing on the edge of a windy cliffside overlooking an erupting volcano. Mildly addicting.
- Shrimp soup
- Fried rice
- Maricuya Sour (really good Pisco drink)
- Tons of samples of chocolate, coffee, and other random things
I spent more money than probably any one else that I went with, and felt a little guilty… the total cost was about $30.
Peruvians are extremely proud of two things: food, and the Incas. I haven’t been to the Andes yet (I’m going next week), but the pride in food is definitely well supported.
The APPETIZER of a great meal I had today for about $2.70 (partially eaten)
The Super-Good Birthday Cake Alexandra Brought Today (partially eaten)
I have only gotten one legitimate and specific question about American culture while I’ve been here (not including the standard broad ones like “What is the US like?”), and it was concerning the portrayal of ‘Southerners’ in South Park. Of the many Peruvians I’ve met who have been to the US, the majority have been only to Miami and Disney World.
I saw a Radiohead cover band at a bar this weekend. They were quite good. Also, in an effort to further emulate the band, they never talked to the audience, and didn’t play “Creep”.
Probably the most glaringly obvious example of machismo I have seen in Peru yet. This is a normal can of spray paint:
I was talking to somebody in one of my classes today, and he told me about this video. It’s awesome.