Sunday, 16 March 2014

Centro de Lima - Part II.

The historical centre of Lima is so vast and full of exciting places to discover that it would be impossible to cover it all in just one post. Earlier last year, I ventured into Centro with my host father a few times (HERE and HERE), but unfortunately I only saw very little of what there is there, due to time restrictions, lack of knowledge of the area on my behalf and also my poor level of Spanish at the time didn't help. Before I returned to Australia though, I did have to make one last trip into Centro with my friends to really discover what it was like...

Thursday, 20 February 2014

La Comida Peruana II.

As some of you may remember, a while ago I did a little post about Peruvian cuisine. Unfortunately, at the time, I didn't have many photos of what I was trying to describe, thus limiting what I could actually post about the amazing food they have over there! Peru is not the gastronomical capital of South America for no reason! 

Last time I gave a brief overview of what the general cuisine was like, and also showed you all what ceviche, anticuchos, papa rellena, arroz con leche, picarones and causa were. This time around, we have pachamanca, guinea pig, choclo con queso, Amazonian food and Andean food! Click through the link to have a further read!

Sunday, 16 February 2014

La vida en la calle // Street life.

Hi all - sorry for the lack of posts! I'm now back in Australia, and I've been busy organising everything here so I can move to Sydney and start university in a week. Not to worry though - I still have a lot of material from Peru that I haven't posted yet - street life, food and photo diaries!

Life on the street in Peru is so fascinating. I've always loved people watching, but in South America, it's so much more interesting. The people are so happy, and so much of their culture is portrayed through these few shots I've managed to snap in Lima, the Andes, and along the south coast.

You still see so many people dressed up in their traditional clothes, as rural Peru is relatively un-Westernised in comparison to the sprawling metropolis of Lima. Though, even so, Lima is still brimming with culture - food stands cover the footpaths, selling anything from kebabs to corn to sweets, little kids help their mothers sell their wares or go at it alone, shoe shiners sit on the ground and offer their services to passers by, children play with anything and everything on the streets, little carts are pushed around by men trying to sell icecreams, quail eggs or bread and women stop and chat on their way to the market. People pay attention to their surroundings, and everything is rather laid-back - none of the hustle and bustle nor all the rushing around like everyone here!


Friday, 27 December 2013

Final glances.

Unfortunately, I've only got just over two more weeks in this beautiful country that I'm so proud to call my home. My time here has gone so quickly, I can hardly believe that only a little under a year ago, I left everyone and everything I had ever known back in Australia and took a cliff dive into the unknown. Now I feel so comfortable here, I have friends and family here and a life and I really don't know how I'm going to get used to everything back in Australia again. On that note, I thought I'd pop up some Instagram snapshots of my last few months here- enjoy!

Saturday, 14 December 2013

Discurso en el Congreso de la República del Perú

Not too long ago, I was given the most amazing opportunity by Rotary - to address the President of the Peruvian Congress at a formal function, on behalf of the 40-odd Rotary exchange students living here in Lima, Peru during 2013-2014. While I am an avid public speaker, and I have spoken in NSW Parliament before, as well as much larger audiences than the one at Congress, I was actually quite nervous this time. Perhaps it had something to do with the fact that it was all in formal, proper Spanish (as opposed to the everyday Spanish I usually speak here), or maybe because I was being recorded live on national TV (with a sign language interpreter and all!). 

Viviencial Tourism.

So, as I mentioned in my last post, whilst on our Puno and Lake Titicaca leg of the tour, we stayed on the island of Amantani for a night with a local family. Instead of a normal host family stay, what we did was something called viviencial tourism. Essentially, what that consists of is in exchange for their hospitality, we, as visitors, bring gifts of food, toys, school supplies and other daily necessities, as well as pay (via the tour company) a fee to the families. This is incredibly important, because the families that live on these islands live very basically, due both to their remote geographical location and their relative poverty.

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Puno and Lago Titicaca.

Now to the next and final stop of my journey: Puno and Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, at over 4000m above sea level! Unfortunately, I didn't actually spend that much time in Puno itself because I was out on the lake for most of my time there- though it did seem to be a pretty decent little town. What really captured me about Puno was the main method of transport- 'triciclos', essentially a bike with a two-seater cart attached to the front. I was surprised at the sheer number of these, considering Puno is actually quite hilly, and they only earn at most 2 soles (60c) per customer- a lot of work for not much, if you ask me!