Two weeks in Arequipa, Peru
Sat 13 Jun 2009 - Sat 27 Jun 2009 72 °F
We´ve been enjoying a stationary life for a couple of weeks in the southern Peruvian city of Arequipa studying Spanish. Here´s what we have been doing:
Conjugating spanish verbs. We finally know what the pluscaperfecto tenses are.
Enjoying our own kitchen: making fresh squeezed tangerine juice, Peruvian mashed potatoes, and waking daily to fresh brewed Peruvian coffee in our new little french press.
We took a city bus tour on one of those open topped double decker buses for the first time in our lives....it was fun!
Enjoying Arequipean food - Greg´s favorite is Lomo Salteado, tender strips of seared meat tossed with a sligthly spicy sauce and strips of onions and pepers, served on a bed of french fries and rice.
Wandering the colonial center of town, getting lost in the hustle and bustle of city life on narrow sidewalks where people are constantly squeezing by each other, stepping off the curb to pass and7or bumping into each other.
Playing frogger every time we cross the cobblestone roads filled with the little yellow taxis.
We are now caught up on Lost episodes.
We have experinced a small earthquake, luckily, this was before we say a documentary film on the big earthquake that happened in 2001.
Sitting in Spanish class every afternoon for four hours with Luce, our competent and patient profesora.
Enjoying Arequipean drinks - Pisco sours and Arequena beer and lots of fresh juices. AND, we just had to try the favorite Peruvian yellow soft drink, Inka Cola. What flavor is "yellow" you ask.......take a guess.
Hanging out on our rooftop gawking at the gorgeous 6000 meter volcanoes in the distance.
Obsessively reading the papers and visting the travel agencies to see when the road blockade on teh route to Cusco will be cleared. (me, of course, not Greg).
The road is cleared for 48 hours only so we are heading off to Cusco this evening. Bye Bye Arequipa.