We Survived

Trip Start Jun 25, 2009
Trip End Jul 05, 2009

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

I was ready to literally kiss the sidewalks of Arequipa when I stepped out of the taxi.  What an adventure the night before.

Arequipa is the main commercial hub for southern Peru.  The guide book described it as the most elegant and romantic city in all of Peru.  This description alone put it on our list of destinations.  After getting there, I thought, is this it?  I was mildly disappointed when I initially got there.  The guide book further describes it as a city constructed of white sillar (a porous volcanic stone) and having a genteel, relaxed buzz.

After getting settled into the new hostel, Rowena and I did our routine walk of the city around the hostel.  Our first stop was to grub.  It's been hours since we've had any real food (not counting the bag of mystery meat and potatoes) so we head over to a supposedly local hangout called Manolo.  Curiously throughout Peru, there's a bunch of pizza places.  Haven't tried a Peruvian version yet, so we order one.  Man, was it good.  It's gotta be the cheese.  With a full belly, we snap some daytime photos of the Plaza and wander some more. 

At night, the city is transformed once again and its true romantic nature shines.  A few snapped nightime photos and it's more walking.  We luckily bump into an art gallery by the plaza and spent some time there.  For dinner we head over to Qochamama (Peruvian's come up with the craziest names - I thought it was a play on the word hoochi-mama) for some ceviche (another Peruvian delight we haven't tried yet).  Ceviche was okay but the beer was good.  After leaving a very hefty tip of 8 soles (that's less than $US3) the owner catches us before we leave and thanks us for our generosity.  That was cool of Rowena to do that.  Thinking I'm part Peruvian by now, I probably wouldn't have done it. :)  We were done for the night and hit the sack.
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