Areqipa - The White City
Trip Start Feb 15, 2008
60Trip End May 31, 2008
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Where I stayed
I stayed at the Hotel Corridor which is really nice, quiet, close to the main centre and has a great breakfast. After a short rest I took the 2 pm open-top bus tour which gives you a great look around the entire city. The tour goes for 4 hours and visits a number of lookouts, a mini alpaca farm, the founder of Arequipa's mansion and a historic water driven mill
The next day I met up with my other Peruvian friend Ale (short for Alejandra). She teaches English to children at an English college in Arequipa and on this morning they happened to be having a presentation day where the children did some performances. I ended being the special foreign guest and was called upon by their MC for the day, Gonzales, to give a bilingual account of what Australia is like, what I thought of Peru so far and which places I'd visited. The kids did some singing in English, some dances and other activities to demonstrate the English they'd been learning at the college. Meeting foreign kids in this kind of environment is great and you'll always find them so interested to know about you and your country.
That afternoon I had lunch with Ale's family who live about 20 minutes from the centre of Arequipa. We ate what I thought was beef but turned out to be alpaca. This meat is tenderer than veal though I can't bear to think of this friendly mammal as being lunch. Ale's family have quite a zoo in their backyard which consists of two dogs (one of which is a vegetarian who loves to eat carrots), eight budgies, one goose, two ducks, a cat, a parrot and a couple of finches.