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Ponche, street food in Arequipa

Sometimes you will see a man walking down the street like this, and some kids will shout the Peruvian equivalent of “hey mister!” And he will turn around, and swing their way. And they will ask how much. He will say 1 sol, (about 30 cents) and...

The view from up high in Arequipa, Peru

I often wax gloaty (what, I can say that) about the amazingness of the view from my apartment. Since living in Chile I’ve lived in four apartments, two of them with views stunning enough to take picture after picture and post them hither and yon. I’ve made...

The best souvenir, Arequipa, Peru

I don’t know about you, but I don’t need little ceramic busses cram-packed with figurines and chickens on the roof. And I’ve seen them in Ecuador, in Guatemala, in Bolivia. Certainly I don’t need one that says Arequipa, Peru. I’m also all...

Woes from the road, clinic review from Arequipa, Peru

In which our intrepid traveler, Bearshapedsphere, admits that it is not all rainbows and butterflies while on the road. This is where my mother and I spent a couple of hours this morning. Well, not specifically in this ambulance, as we were able to make it there by...