Francois is back for the National Holidays – Viva el Peru! :)

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Since the very beginning when Francois was planning his trip to Peru, I let him know he would be in the country for National Holidays (July 28th & 29th – yes 2 days, I know it, but we have too much too celebrate, haha). The whole country celebrates it, but I suggested him to come to Lima to experience it. I was thinking the Lima TB’s community is growing, so maybe all of us could join and have a great time together. But… unfortunately, not everyone was in Lima. I felt so sorry for Francois, he decided not to go to Bolivia, just to be back on time for the National Holidays, mmm.

hey! don't take away my lipstick, haha
Well, I felt responsible and would do my best so he’d have an amazing time here in Lima.  My 1st idea was going to a pena, but  it was too  difficult to find space. But I got a new plan ;)

He arrived to Lima at 10:30 approx. A cab was waiting for him and drove him to his hostel. This time he was staying in Barranco, the bohemian area, which was close to my house too, hehe. I met him around noon. It was so great to see him again. He was completely red because of the sun in Puno and his lips were covered with injuries.

Francois and the chicha morada
Poor guy! Fortunately, I had a lipstick with me, hehe. But it didn’t have any color, haha. So he could use it ;) We both were happy to see each other, but it was time to tell him the true… the big plans for the night were cancelled. I don’t like to say there is a problem, unless I have a solution and this time wasn’t the exception. I told him about the cancellation of the big celebration with the TB’s. He was a bit sad about that, but before he said anything, I told him I had an idea to celebrate the National Holidays in a fun way and very Peruvian of course. An aunt had birthday. And she and her family are so proud to be Peruvian, that every time they have a party, something fun happens. Also she’s a photographer and her friends are artists. I asked Francois if he would like to experience a Peruvian Family Party for National Holidays and well the answer was: OUI!

Ok, things were clear now and was time to have lunch.

enjoying Peruvian Cuisine for National Holidays :)
We were in Barranco and there was a food festival. We stopped there, so Francois could taste the “Chicha Morada” a Peruvian soft drink made of purple corn. There were some nice dishes and were cheap, but if we would like to taste everything it might be almost as expensive as going to a nice restaurant in the Main Square of Barranco and have a Peruvian buffet, so better go for the buffet, haha. Besides that restaurant is nice and the atmosphere is great too. I’d write a review about it :) 

Because I wasn’t sure where we would go for lunch, I didn’t make any reservation. Wrong!!!! The restaurant was packed, so we had to wait for almost 35min! There were other places without line, but you know if a restaurant is packed, it means the food is really good. So, we decided to wait. Every time the girl came to the gate, we were waiting she called my name and finally we heard: “Yadira Salazar?” Our table was ready, yay!!!! We took a sit and ordered Peruvian beer – Cuzquena – to toast for the National Holidays.

Peruvian Coyote Ugly haha
Once we got it, we stood up and went to the buffet, hehe. There were so many things to choose, wow! And everything looked delicious. By this time, Francois knew about our dishes, so he could go just by himself and picked up what he preferred. We were back at our table, enjoying our tasty dishes and Peruvian music. Suddenly one of the guys of the restaurant who saw me with a camera told me there would be a show in the bar, mmm. Well, do you know the movie “Coyote Ugly” with the girls dancing on the bar. This happened here too. It was the Peruvian version, since the girls danced Peruvian music, haha. The food was delicious! But we were full, OMG. Mmm, well not completely full. There was room for dessert.

The variety of desserts wasn’t big, mmm. But there were fixing something sweet Francois had never tried: “Picarones”.

Francois and the picarones
They are a bit like the beignets, but made with sweet potato. And they have a syrup made of fruit. They had to be really fresh, just made; otherwise they would be chewy. Francois enjoyed his picarones and I had a rice pudding. I couldn’t believe it was around 3:30pm and there were still people waiting at the gate, ufff. It was time to keep on going. While I was driving I listened in the radio that the museums were free that day, haha. So, it was time to go to a museum and do something cultural, hehe. 

Not only we were able to see some of Peruvian History, but also about the recent years. Francois didn’t have any idea, how big was the problem we had with the terrorism 1985-2000. And there was a good exhibition about that. It was a really hard time for the country, so many dead people and poverty, and I could explain Francois a bit about it.

Viva el Peru!!!
I considered important for him to know also about our recently years. It was almost 6pm and they had to close.  I drove him back to his hostel, so he could get ready for going to my aunt’s later. I went back to home and would be back for him in 1 ½ hours.

I have already talked to my uncle and let him know I would attend to the party, but with a friend, hehe, a French one, hehe. Well, he was more than glad to hear about it. Before leaving the house I put the bottle of Riesling in the fridge, so it would be ready by the time I was back with Francois. My parents were waiting for us, since all of us would be going in 1 car. It was pointless going in 2 cars. The wine was ready and we toasted for Perucito before leaving. Thanks Eric, the wine was delicious! I was the designated driver, haha.

I didn't know he could speak French,mmm
 

We arrived to my aunt’s and party was ready to get started. We had some drinks – actually I just had 1 – and they served the food. They served different kind of Peruvian dishes, but in Cusco’s style. Francois recognized them. He just came back from Cusco, which he loves, hehe. He said he works with the wine and became the authority about the wine, haha. An uncle wanted him to try the Argentinean and French and decide which one was better. I’d just say: “Good work South America!” My uncle Luis arrived. I knew he speaks French, but didn’t have any idea he does it so well. He and Francois were speaking in French and I was in the middle, haha. Another aunt speaks French too, so Francois asked me: “Why don’t you speak French?” hahaha.

that woman has a really good voice :)

It was midnight, so it was time to sing “Happy Birthday” to the Bday girl. She blew the candles and everything, but the song wasn’t the regular “Happy Birthday”, not even the translation in Spanish. It was a traditional song from Cusco, haha. Some of the friends of my aunt were singers & musicians. The musicians started to play guitar and the singers decided to sing as a present. There was a woman who used to be part of a duet famous in the early 80’s with a good voice, but the one who impressed me the most was a man who sang a song in Quechua. Quechua is a native language, spoken mostly in highlands since the Inca times. This guy might have not had the best voice, but he was amazing. He really felt every word he was singing. The whole body language was incredible! Wow! Francois, you couldn’t have asked for something more Peruvian, hehe.

The song was sad and he seemed to be in real pain.
 

The dance started and of course Francois danced too. We were having a lot of fun and I was so glad Francois was enjoying the night with my family. I was happy, nobody asked how I met him, hehe. Explaining the whole TB story would have been too much. I’m sorry I didn’t take many pics there. It was almost 2:30am when my parents, Francois and I left. We drove first to Francois’ hostel and then back home. 

My parents have met some TB's but it was the first time I introduced one to the big family, OMG! Anyway, we had a great time there! Didn’t we Francois?

yadilitta says:
yes, I know Rustica is for lunch, haha. I'm glad you enjoyed the National Holidays. I enjoyed it too!!! It was great having you with us :)
Posted on: Aug 02, 2008
FR-ank says:
oh yeah :) excellent time and great job Yadi to describe this evening...couldn't make better ;)
so good to spend national day in lima
RUSTICA was really awesome ( at least the midday jajaja ;) )
and the aunt's birthday was excellent to know some real good, lively, enjoyable peruvian persons :)
Posted on: Aug 02, 2008
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hey! dont take away my lipstick, …
hey! don't take away my lipstick,…
Francois and the chicha morada
Francois and the chicha morada
enjoying Peruvian Cuisine for Nati…
enjoying Peruvian Cuisine for Nat…
Peruvian Coyote Ugly haha
Peruvian Coyote Ugly haha
Francois and the picarones
Francois and the picarones
Viva el Peru!!!
Viva el Peru!!!
I didnt know he could speak Frenc…
I didn't know he could speak Fren…
that woman has a really good voice…
that woman has a really good voic…
The song was sad and he seemed to …
The song was sad and he seemed to…
long line to get to the buffet
long line to get to the buffet
A glass of pisco sour is not enoug…
A glass of pisco sour is not enou…
the bread, Francois couldnt help …
the bread, Francois couldn't help…
1st round
1st round
my lunch
my lunch
the restaurant was packed
the restaurant was packed
the exhibition about the Terrorism…
the exhibition about the Terroris…
Salud por el Peru! With my mom and…
Salud por el Peru! With my mom an…
Francois & my uncle Luis haha.
Francois & my uncle Luis haha.
he really lived the song
he really lived the song
my mom, haha
my mom, haha
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check his pin!!! He was a proud P…
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