In Magdalina, Lima
Yadi picked up us up at our hotel promptly at 10AM as promised (this girl is so punctual for being a Peruvian!). She took us to a local market in Magdalena which we would not have gotten there otherwise except for her showing us around. I love markets such as farmers markets and this one was quite intriguing. The vegetable and fruits were nicely packaged and displayed in little stalls. I was fascinated by the many varieties of corn and the ones with the big seeds. We saw many live guinea pigs in cages ready to be sold, butchered and turned into cooked cuy. The fish and meat sections were also intriguing! The dead chickens were hung up by their heads with their feet dangling and the chest split open displaying all the organs.
I have never seen anything like this before! One of the vendors had a huge fish head displayed that could swallow your head without a problem...I can't remember the name he called this fish. We tried some of the local fruits and some of the vendors even posed for us to take pictures.
Our next stop was at another pyramid (entrance fee 5 soles). We looked at the exhibits inside and walked to the top which gave a lovely view of the city. There we saw a Peruvian dog! It was the ugliest thing you have ever seen...the dog was literally bald!
Our next stop was at a Peruvian juice joint where we tried a variety of juices recommended by Yadi. They were all refreshing after our long morning tour. Yadi then dropped us off at our hotel where we said our goodbyes and thanked her for being such a willing and gracious hostess to show us around Lima. I went back to downtown Lima to pick up a souvenir item that I had failed to puchase earlier. I had to hurry to get back to my hotel by 6PM to meet my other Peruvian hosts.
Peruvian home visit with the gang
I have a Peruvian girlfriend in DC whom I had promised that I would try to visit her family while in Lima
. Her sister, Cynthia and her husband met us at our hotel around 8PM and drove us to their home. We drove in another area of Lima, along the shoreline and up the hill close to the "Cross" statute. Our first stop was at the home of my girlfriend's husband's family. We met her mother-in-law (95 years old) and her father-in-law (102 years old) as well as her brother-in-law and two sisters-in-law. It was interesting to see their home and visit with each and everyone of them. They were all so excited and happy to have us in their home and proudly showed us around each room and gave us refreshments.
Peruvian host family with the gang
Wish we had more time to visit but we still had to go to my girlfriend's mother's home and it was getting late. We said our goodbyes and took off to our next home visit. We arrived at my girlfriend's mother's home and met her mom, dad, niece and nephew (It is common in Peru for the extended family to live together - mom, dad, daughter, son-in-law and their kids). The father owned a bakery which was on the bottom level, while the family lived on the 2nd and third levels. We had a great visit and they took us to the local restaurant to have pollo a la brazo. After a delicious meal, we took the taxi back to our hotel. We were swiped after such a full day of adventure and exposure to Peruvian culture and family visits.