In late November, I set off for the north of Peru, for a 4-day holiday, to make the best of the sun and beach as the weather in Lima was not as pleasant as it is now and nearby beaches are quite stony and dirty. I already dreamt about Máncora in August when my boyfriend was here and we were suffering from cold and grey weather. So for the first time, I travelled alone, well not exactly alone as you´ll see later and I had a lot of fun!
December 08, 2013
I was supposed to carry on my northern Peruvian adventures but yesterday was such a beautiful day in Lima and I was absolutely keen on posting my last photos here and now. How fan I am of a hot and sunny December!
December 07, 2013
It's just so hard to believe but I've taken all my exams and yesterday was my last day at the university. I thought I'd literally jump for joy as soon as all this is over. So I left the exam room, headed towards our lively El café de las Letras to grab a coffee and got flabbergasted when I found out it was empty and so quiet you could hear a pin drop...the cold realization that I'll leave Peru soon suddenly set in and I was not about to shout for joy.
November 28, 2013
November 26, 2013
I've just come back from a very intensive trip to the Northern coastal Peru and I'm so impatient to publish my photos of the Peruvian playa but I'll finish what I started first. A trip to the Wari (or Huari) ruins is the last day of my travel to the central Andes and is only followed by a trip to Quinua which will appear in my next post.
November 21, 2013
Laguna de Choclococha was my idea and I was close to abandon it when the locals told us that the only bus that goes in its direction leaves at 3am...How come there isn't any other way to get there, it is situated on the main road leading to Ayacucho?! Stephan remained more optimistic and we decided to put this matter off until the next day, this is when the idea of hitchhiking was born...
November 18, 2013
So I arrived to Huancayo on Friday evening and waited for Stephan more than 3 hours in Plaza de Armas (city center). I didn't know yet that "waiting" would be my major activity during the whole trip but it didn't bother me as much as it does in Europe. The Andes taught me patience which was not a virtue of mine even if I'm used to travelling a lot.
November 15, 2013
November 13, 2013
I've always been interested in archaeology and even studied it a bit at Paris Sorbonne but then I changed my major opting for something more "dependable", enrolled in Modern Languages and archaeology just remained my passion. While preparing myself to be a guide in Larco Museum in Lima, I've been given a heap of books on Pre-Columbian history, societies and was so delighted to immerse myself in archaeology once again.
November 11, 2013
I've never been any higher. And I didn't plan to go to Pastoruri but I was enjoying this time in Huaraz so much that I changed my return ticket and stayed a day longer. I had no idea how my body would feel at this kind of altitude and feared I wouldn't make it.
November 07, 2013
Truth be told, I didn´t expect that the Andes would surprise me so much. While entering to the Parque Nacional Huascaran, I remained completely speechless. How come I´ve never heard about this parc before?! How come we were the only foreigners there?! No doubts, this is the most beautiful place on the earth for me and I´m on the top of the world because I´ll be back there in December.
November 06, 2013
It's just an introductory post to the most beautiful travel ever happened to me. That last two weeks were full of different, extreme emotions rendering my stay in Peru somewhat unusual. Although I don't believe in magic, fate or coincidence, this trip had a magical power. The Andes are so powerful, here you understand why the pre-columbian cultures venerated the mountains so much and why it's so important to live in peace with Mother Nature who seems to be the only force that controls all living things.
October 24, 2013
The exam session ended last Friday and our plan was to celebrate it in a sunny place, outside of Lima. So together with Carlos and Gaby, we went to Cieneguilla which is located in the easternmost area of the Lima's province and is one of the few districts left that are not urbanized yet, the only modernized parts are its countless resorts. In this sense, Cieneguilla still has wild areas, nature and beautiful landscapes. Id est, something that I like the most.
October 19, 2013
October 13, 2013
Here it is. Just a little article before I start on a new, hectic week. So tomorrow will be my first day in my new, first job in Lima and I'm totally excited about it. Do you remember my last post and that I showed you some photos of the most beautiful museum in Peru and probably the most interesting one in South America? (a quick reminder here). From now on, you can find me there every day :)
October 09, 2013
Gosh, I'd love to get married here. That's what spontaneously run through my mind when I came to Larco Museum in Lima for the first time and discovered its fairy-tale-like garden. Dis-donc, You really want your family to be at the wedding- said my boyfriend in an ironic way. I'm just thinking aloud. I found that place so beautiful that I just wished to introduce it to all my family and friends :)
October 04, 2013
About 1 month ago Mistura was the main subject of conversations in Lima. Why? Peruvians love to talk about food, they are proud of their traditional cuisine and Mistura is the South America’s largest food festival in fact that takes place in September. Ultimately, Peru is considered one of the best countries in the world to visit for any lover of food.
September 27, 2013
I prepared this post a long time ago but felt compelled to put it aside and to give priority to the things that I'm currently busy with, in Lima. So If you read it now, it's probably because I find myself missing Europe, last holidays and my little life in Paris.
September 25, 2013
Most of the guidebooks and blogs describing life in South America warn you against straying too far from any American city center because it may be peligroso (however Lima's center is very dangerous as well). When we arrived to Arequipa, our taxi driver and people from the hostel told us to stay within downtown and that we shouldn't cross the river which is a limit between the city center and popular neighborhoods.
September 20, 2013
A trip to Sabandía was one of the most enjoyable parts of our stay in the south. The village lies about 10 km to the east of Arequipa and this is where you can admire a beautiful, rural landscape of surrounding mountains and a volcano, it suddenly becomes calm. We got there by micro-bus from the Arequipa's city centre (Avenida Independencia). It was congested as usually.
According to our bookguide, The 18th century Windmill of Sabandía was supposed to be the place to see but It was not a marvel to me (especially because of its touristy atmosphere). What I enjoyed the most was the whole landscape itself.