Taking it very easy in Arequipa
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September 23rd, 2008 – by: Xstacey
Arequipa, the 1st night and all day the 2nd day, has been very chill. Ive been sitting mostly outside in the back garden in a hammock, enjoying the continuously warm weather and flawlessly blue sky. Ive befriended 2 other girls, both lone travellers like me, and we are almost the only people in the hostal at this time. The second day we finally decided to make a move to town, so wandered down through our leafy suburb to the fantastic center square of the city. Arequipa is beautiful but its two main attractions can be seen quite quickly, the Ice Princess mummy "Juanita" and the enclosed monastery Santa Catalina. We took the museum tour and saw the tiny, well preserved mummy, but themonastery was closed by the time we reached it (and with a 30 sole price tag, we didn't really mind missing it). In the evening we had dinner atop a rooftop terrace near the square, and go a birds eye view of the city with the tall proud snow capped MistiMountain smiling over us from a distance. As the sun set the square lights slowly came on, and the night view turned out to be equally as magnificent as the day. After dinner, in which the waiters gave us complementary usage of ponchos to keep warm, we bummed around the hostal for a bit, but with no real life to the place we resigned to the TV room and a fairly early bed time.
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