Day out with Gemma

Trip Start Jun 22, 2013
Trip End Aug 27, 2013

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Monday, August 12, 2013

Day out with Gemma Today I was going to go back to the animal sanctuary, it was such a good place I thought it deserved another visit, only Gemma wanted to come along, so we split the taxi fare from the town square, it didn't take long and between us we got a decent fare

But before we got the taxi, there was a parade going on in the square, so we hung about for a while and watched, they didn’t really seem to have their heart in the parade, they couldn’t keep in step, or even mark time, they had their 'elite’ parachute corp. there as well, they never really carried off the ‘Special Forces bit though, but it was nice to watch

Well after the parade had gone by we got our taxi and set off

We arrived and of course were given the whole ‘spiel’ again, but after that we got some really good photos again and of course the condor in flight again, it was a great sight to see, Gemma was over the moon when the young one brushed her head, I was pleased to get it in flight again

We saw the pumas again, the llamas, the alpacas, the ocelots and of course the macaws again (noisy and squabbling as usual)

We spent a good hour there, not just taking photos but talking to the keepers, to me it was time well spent, so we went back to our taxi to what we thought would be a ride back to town, but the taxi driver if we wanted to see other animals, with an off like that who could refuse, so we went down the road about a mile and they had another place that had other animals like llamas and alpacas, but werent, but we took their photos then we even had a chance of feeding them, they snatched at the grass and we snapped each other feeding them, it was another good half hour, after that we did set off for town

Well we got there and decided to do some shopping (well Gemma did, I just went along) so we found the market, there wasn’t anything I wanted but Gemma thought there was no tomorrow and bought ‘stuff’ just because Gemma could

After that it was decided it was food time, as we had missed lunch, we found a restaurant and went in, Gemma decided there was a pizza with her name on it, I saw there was a dish I had promised myself when we came to Peru...............................Guinea Pig, so we placed our order

It arrived, well make your own decision after you see the pictures, but it was tasty, stringy, tasted a bit like rabbit (if you deep fry rabbit) but a bit over rated, but now I can say I have had one

Now before anyone goes off the deep end, they have been breed, reared and killed for hundreds of years just for this to happen, meat is expensive in Peru and the only other choices were alpacas or llamas, guinea pigs are fully grown for food at 12 weeks and they are old enough to breed at 6 weeks, many families have at least 60 at home for the table, sometimes the kids will have one for a pet, it depends on the wealth of the family

Beef is usually just used for milk, only when the cow stops giving milk is it slaughtered for beef and as it is expensive, it’s sold to restaurants for the tourists

Well after that it was an uphill walk to the hostel, and for me a mug of cocoa tee and Gemma, her FB (it’s really sad, this cocoa tea has taken the place of my coffee, not really much of a choice, the cocoa leaves help with the headaches/light headedness and the breathing up here, not the cold though)

We both agreed it had been a really nice day out, doing something we both enjoyed seeing (my wife would have liked this as well, but maybe not  the guinea pig for dinner)

Thanks to Gemma for some of the phot
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Think I would have to pass on the At least the weather is getting better and you are seeing things . great pics....

Anne on

can not beleive you eat a guniea pig i would give that a miss ,
look like you had a nice day you and gemma
glad to see the weather is better

rossport on

good on you mate for trying the guinea pig and i hope u ate your veges as well

Martin Wild on

No stopping you Derrick. No coffee, that cannot be right. Great Pictures again

Jim on

Nice update, Del, some good pictures there-especcially the condor in flight. Looked a great day out.
I can understand some feeling bad about guinea pigs, but if that is the local diet- no worse than us - we eat practically anything, ans osme , in other countries might wonder why we do- as I said , if you can stomach it, why not.

travelmonster on

Good on you for trying the guinea pig - it's exactly the same as people eating sheep, cows and pigs here except we've been conditioned that guinea pigs are pets. If it had been on our menus all our lives (the same way as it has for Peruvians), noone would blink and eyelid.

Jim on

Good to see the extra pics

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