May 26, 2013 – Day 674
WordPress, over the weekend, announced their topic for this week’s photo challenge and it is “silhouette“.
WordPress has done this theme before (hence the word redux in my title) and I answered that challenge with this post.
For this go-around, I am taking us back to our family’s trip to Sillustani which I wrote about earlier (in yet another response to a Weekly Photo Challenge).
Sillustani, located near Lake Titicaca in Peru, is a burial ground that pre-dates the Incan Empire. Instead of tombs dug into the ground, the Colla people (those that built Sillustani) created tower-like structures called chullpas where the dead were interred.
For my response to this week’s topic of silhouette, I gave you the tallest of those chullpas taken from a distance.
Completely by accident did I catch that pillar of diagonal light that cuts through the chullpa and it oddly reminds me the “Pale Blue Dot” photograph made by the Voyager I spacecraft in 1990.
May 26, 2013 – Day 674
Today’s post is an inside job as that is the theme of WordPress’s Weekly Photo Challenge (and I shudder to think how many responses to this week’s challenge use the same horrible play on words that I just did).
My response again takes us back to the time the family visited Lake Titicaca. In addition to visiting the floating islands and kayaking on the lake, we also were able to visit the tombs of Sillustani.
We decided to make this location one of our stops because of the unique structures used in this pre-Inca burial ground. Instead of digging a hole in the ground and instead of building huge pyramids to honor their dead, the people who built Sillustani erected towers, like these, called chullpas…
Okay, so the one above is a bit of a fixer-upper, but you get the idea.
Oh, so how does this visit to this place fit this week’s theme? The answer is because while some of these of structures are in a bit of disrepair, this means that visitors can enter these silent sentinels.
So, that’s what members of our family did. They went inside. Here’s the view from the outside…
…and from the inside.
May 27, 2013 – Day 675
Distance is the theme this week from the folks over at the blog Where’s My Backpack? and I aim to fit that theme.
During the same culinary tour where I indulged in multiple shots of pisco, our gracious guide also took us sight-seeing.
From Barranco, the artsy district of Lima, we were able to look out across the art galleries, roads, and a section of the Pacific Ocean to see the following landmark in the distance.
The location you are looking at is Morro Solar.
The cross you are looking at in the distance is made of metal, but that metal has some significance. According to our guide, when Pope John Paul II (who is still popular in Peru) came to visit in the 1980s, there were a series of risers built so that people could sit in the streets and watch the Pope drive by. Some of the metal from those risers was recycled and constructed into the cross that now adorns Morro Solar.
Oh, and it also lights up at night.
May 25, 2013 – Day 673
My response to this week’s travel theme takes us once again to Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake on the globe. While I and our eldest son were laid up with altitude sickness, the rest of the family enjoyed a great day visiting the floating islands and kayaking on the waters of the Peruvian lake.
After bringing the kayaks back on shore, but before the tour boat arrived to take my lovely wife and my other two children back to home port, my travelling threesome spent some time with a family who lived on a non-floating island. While my group waited for their ride back to the hotel, my two kids and our host’s two children do what kids do naturally. Despite the fact that my brood did not speak Aymara and the local tykes did not speak Spanish, the kids managed to get along just fine anyway.
Above is my middle child tossing a teddy bear to one child while trapping a soccer ball that was kicked by the other local child (who is not pictured because he’s being blocked by my son).
Play…the universal language.
June 23, 2013 – Day 702
The van is waiting outside. All eleven of our suitcases are by the garage door waiting to be loaded into the van. The house is looking just as white and stark and empty as it was when we arrived 702 days ago.
I am at the front door with my had on the door knob about to close the door for the last time.
We are leaving Lima, our home for two years, and we will never be back to this house ever again. We have had, over the long run, an excellent time in Peru. We have seen new sights, experiencing new things, and ate new foods.
We have seen a great deal, done a great deal, and eaten a great deal during our time on Peru. In all of our adventures and experiences, I have absolutely no regrets…save one.
As my hand leaves the door knob and I make my way to the vehicle that will whisk me to the airport that will take me to the vehicle that will whisk me away from Peru, I am truly full of regret that I never pushed the button.
June 23, 2013 – Day 702
After seven hundred and a pair of days, our Peruvian adventure is over.
At 9:29am local time (10:29am EDT), our plane’s wheels left the tarmac of Lima’s airport and we left Peru behind.
While our time in the City of Kings is over, this blog is not yet over. I still have pictures and stories to share so I plan to continue to use this space to share those items.
Though our two years in Peru has finished, the international adventures of our Family has not yet ended and I have a blog for that also. When you have a moment, pop on over to 963 Thai Days.
June 22, 2013 – Day 701
Earlier I wrote about how our last days in Lima were populated by bookends.
Our last night in Peru was also (unfortunately) quite similar to our first night, seven hundred days ago, in Lima. For a quick recap of that less-than-lovely night, you can jump here.
For our last dinner in the City of Kings, we dined out. As we walked out of our house, we could hear the less-than-dulcet tones of a DJ party emanating from the house across the street. This was around 6:00pm.
The noise continued when we returned from ice cream.
The noise continued while we packed.
The noise continued and continued and continued.
The noise continued until 3:00am.
Well, at least the aji de gallina I had for dinner was a good last taste of Lima.
May 27, 2013 – Day 675
WordPress has provided the theme of “The World Through Your Eyes” for their weekly photographic challenge.
As I am wrapping up my Peruvian stay, I feel like I need a drink.
This picture was taken during a city culinary tour that I attended with my lovely wife. In no way have I been compensated by this outfit, but if you ever find yourself in Lima and want an excellent view of the city, please (please) contact these folks over at Capital Culinara.
At this particular restaurant stop in the afternoon – in addition to creating our own ceviche – we also sampled two different types of pisco, an alcohol derived from grapes that is native to Peru and Chile.
The glass on the right is slightly colored as it is a berry-infused version of pisco. The middle glass is straight pisco and is quite delicious. The taste is similar in strength to vodka and only after two belts, my vision began to distort just as much as if I was looking through a glass filled with pisco.
Then we made ceviche and I bit into the rocoto again. That’s what pisco does to your memory.
June 15, 2013 – Day 694
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Another aspect to the music scene (and one I have not written about before) in Peru’s capital city is the thriving world of cover bands. Also known as tribute bands, one can buy tickets for these performances honoring the musical styles of Bob Marley to Madonna to U2 to Radiohead.
Tonight, on this Saturday evening, is an act that appears to combine the two. In honor of the 71st birthday of singer / songwriter (and left-handed person) Paul McCartney, there is a musical act coming to the City of Kings to embrace the music of the Beatles. In one sense, this performance is a tribute band honoring the Fab Four.
Nothing new there as there have been tribute bands to the lads from Liverpool before.
What was different was who was leading this night’s performance.
His name is Pete Best and he was the drummer for the Beatles before Ringo Starr.
To me, Best’s band appears to be the intersection of a tribute band and a musical act.
This place never ceases to me amaze me.
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Over the course of this blog, I have had a quartet of goals during my stay in Peru. The first three (originally written about here) were…
a) Come home in one piece
b) Have fun
c) Avoid sparking an international incident
As for “a”, knock on wood, I am a few days away from achieving that accomplishment.
As for “b”, I have satisfied that goal in buckets as I have travelled to Machu Picchu, an amusement park, a park, and rode a sandboard…just to name a few.
As for “c”, a thorough query of any Internet search engine produces no hits on my name and the phrase “international incident”, so I call that a success.
My fourth goal deals with Bert. That’s the name I gave to the cactus I wrote about during my fifth day in Lima. Back then, I wrote that my task was to ensure that Bert stays alive during my stay.
Nearly 700 days later, I am pleased to announce that…
…Bert has survived my black thumb.
(If there is any botanist in my audience who can disprove my assertion based on the visual evidence provided above, please let me know.)
December 19, 2011 – Day 150
In our final days here in Peru, the majority of our belongings are in cardboard boxes and wending its way to our next location. One of those items is our main computer. In addition to being our gateway to the Internet, our desktop PC is also the repository of our digital photographs since 2008. Because our PC is in the hands of movers, I am unable to access the trove of pictures I have accumulated since arriving in Lima.
However, I do have one photograph about life in Lima that I am so proud of that I actually use it as the wallpaper for the laptop that I am currently using. I searched through this website and discovered that – as far as I can tell – I have not offered it up for your enjoyment.
Now I have talked about paragliding before (see here and here and here) and how the Miraflores section of Lima has an area specifically reserved for those daring aerial acrobats to take tourists up in the Peruvian sky.
What I have not shared before is this photo…
What I like about this snapshot is the fact that only can you see a pair of paragliders and a slight sliver of the Pacific Ocean, but I also managed to capture the black-and-white lighthouse that towers over the coast of Miraflores.