Waiting… at the top of the world

Waiting... at the top of the world

An Amantaní woman waits for visitors to the island.
Lake Titicaca, Peru

A Word A Week Photograph Challenge – WAITING

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30km Challenge – 10.6km

Kilometre 0 - The day starts here

Kilometre 0 – The run starts here

The Challenge has started well, hurrah for willpower. Running, blogging, and drinking water all proceed as planned. Today I ran at a leisurely pace with a camera in my hand and the sun in my heart, and on the streets. Spring is definitely here.

Today I repeated yesterday’s 5.29km route, running a little later in the afternoon as the sun took a while to break through the Lima fog. Regular photo breaks (at each kilometre) and my customary exercise stops kept things fresh all the way around the circuit, so despite taking it easy I clocked in at 29 minutes and 18 seconds, only a little slower than yesterday’s PB, passing the 5k mark at 27:40.

And here is the route….

Kilometre 1

Kilometre 1

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Photo Friday

Here is one of my holiday snaps currently appearing on the Emily Luxton Travel Blog. One of my favourite travel bloggers, Photo Friday is a regular feature that I am pleased to be part of. Click her link at the top to check out her recent adventures in beautiful Barcelona, great reviews of London’s hidden gems, and regular Postcard From… features from guest travellers.

oh – and don’t forget to vote for the Emily Luxton Travel Blog in the Avis A-List Blog Awards!

Up, up, and away

Reed boats in the Uros

Reed boats in the Uros

Cuzco is *&”£ing freezing at this time of year. Puno is !?*$ing freezinger. And the night I spent on the island of Amantaní in Lake Titicaca was possibly the ***%%$!!”ing freezingest night of my life. This has really helped to put the winter in Lima in perspective. As my colleagues shivered and snivelled this week in school, bundled up in coats and scarves, I ran gaily about in my cardigan feeling fine in the 14 – 17° weather. Although even I have to admit that however mild that sounds for the middle of winter, the humidity does make it feel colder, and the neverending cloud cover makes for a gloomy, relentless few months, as described by the Associated Press in this article on Lima’s coldest winter in 30 years. More

A Wonder: photo blog

View across Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate

View across Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate

The great day finally arrived and after all the palaver, we were hostelled in Aguascalientes, at the foot of the Wonder that is Machu Picchu. This was my second visit, lucky me! More

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How not to travel – an idiot’s guide

I’m halfway through my monumental whirlwind tour of the ‘gringo trail’ of Peru. It’s been a great trip so far, but I’m going to concentrate today on the valuable lessons I have learned over the course of ten very stressful hours in the last day. The alternative title to this post could be, “Don’t let this happen to YOU!”.

Let’s begin.
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Not a simulacro

We’ve had more earthquake drills over the few months since I wrote about one. They are scheduled regularly on a nationwide scale three times a year, and all public buildings and many private buildings participate in them. On schooldays, this involves the regular stampede from class and the forming of orderly, supportive circles (by which I mean circles in a standing brace position for physical support, rather than circles of people going “there, there, it’s only pretend”) in the field.

As with fire drills back home, everyone secretly welcomes them as an opportunity to get out of doing some work for ten minutes. More

Ups and downs

Cabezas clavas

Cabezas clavas

Holiday time is finally here. The long, dark tea-time of the term is over and it’s the May half-term break. Having been so notably lax at booking holidays on time in the past, we booked our bus tickets and even a nice place to stay almost a month in advance, for once, and decided our destination this time would be the mountain city of Huaraz, home of Perú’s highest mountain (Huascarán, 6700 meters) high in the beautiful cordillera blanca.

The garúa or winter sea fog is starting to set in in Lima, and as with last year’s May break, the search for a last week of sun before the grim, grey winter was an important deciding factor in choosing a destination, More

Getting drunk – Lima life

This is so clever, and so vital, that I couldn’t help but share it with all of you.

Magic Billboard (BBC News)

I think I’ve mentioned that I live in one of the nicest parts of the city. I am surrounded by grass verges on the main avenues, an impeccably manicured stretch of malecón with park after park at the top of the cliffs, shady plazas of trees, flowerbeds and benches. From where I sit, you wouldn’t know this is one of the driest cities on earth. But further away from the financial centre and the shiny apartment blocks of the expanding middle class, the dust creeps back to the edges of the roads.

The city already consumes more water than it can source from the rivers which run down from the Andes. Rivers which only started to fill in late December and are already receding again. Innovations like this billboard are brilliant and essential.

Something Fishy

For some time I’ve been living in a place which really, really, REALLY values it’s contribution to world cuisine. Unfortunately most of the world does not appear to have taken the bait. I’m quite a foodie, from a place where a fair variety of world cuisine is easy to come by, and I’ve never, ever heard of most of any of Peru’s most famous dishes. Maybe I’m just ignorant. Maybe there isn’t a huge Peruvian community in the UK, or maybe aliens fitted a bizarre filter to my ears and cultural perceptors which meant I just never digested any of this information before. Whatever the reason, now is my opportunity to try it out and disseminate this wonderful bounty upon you, my readers.

So here is what I got up to last week. Ceviche, Peruvian style. More

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