Saturday in Arequipa

Trip Start May 18, 2007
Trip End Jul 28, 2007

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Saturday, June 16, 2007

I love lazy Saturday mornings, when I get to sleep in a little, take my time, eat a nice leisurely breakfast, all that with brilliant sunshine and blue skies. This past Saturday started just that way. It was lovely!

After chatting with Doris for a while, I walked to the Casa de Avila, then called home (with some frustrations, as the line kept dropping) to wish my Dad a happy Fathers' Day, and then into the centre of town. Arequipa is known as the White City, because several buildings, including the whole Plaza de Armas, are made of sillar, which is pale-grey volcanic rock. Under the bright sun, with blue skies above, it is absolutely charming. I walked beyond the Plaza, up the Calle Jerusalen, and all the way to the large park known as Parque Selva Alegre (Happy Jungle?). I crossed over to Santa Catalina avenue, bought a T-shirt (fair trade cotton) and a silver Inca cross, and some very nice chocolate for Doris and Luis, who were expecting their children and grand-children Sunday for Fathers' Day.

I bought loads of fruit at the local supermarket, and came back to the Casa de Avila, where, with everyone else from GVI, we prepared a very nice BBQ in the afternoon. We had hash brown skillet, grilled chicken, salads of all kinds, guacamole, and for dessert, a fresh fruit salad. We got to meet Cynthia, our newest volunteer. The entertainment was provided by Charlie, who first got the volleyball stuck high in a tree, then one of his flip-flops as he threw it at the ball. Barefoot, he decided to climb the tree. Bad idea... A few scrapes and cuts later, he had to admit defeat, and dropped a few feet to the ground, while Armando and Daz, using a ladder, quickly freed the ball, and Charlie's flip-flop. He has not heard the end of that one yet.

After lots of food and some nice drinks, with everyone feeling a bit mellow, the day turned into a cool evening, and a new party, as the personnel from the Casa de Avila had their own farewell party for Chrissie and Daz. The highlight of that party was the arrival of a group of Mariachis, who entertained us for a couple of hours, with great Latin music. We danced quite a bit, which had us all so tired that we all called it a night around 10pm.

Nice, mellow day, great weather, great friends.... Ah... I love Saturdays like that.
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