Peru

My first trip outside the United States was to Peru. Below are photo captures from the three regions of the country: the coast, the mountains, and the jungle.

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Part of the plane ride to Lima.
The plane ride to Lima.

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Sitting at a restaurant along the coast!
Sitting at a restaurant along the coast.

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A view from the beach up to the city.

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The Pacific Ocean.

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These are the first few Peruvian bills and coins that I exchanged and used. Pictured on the 10 sol banknote is José Abelardo Quiñones Gonzáles, a Peruvian air force lieutenant and declared National Hero. On the 50 sol banknote is Jorge Basadre Grohmann, one of the most notable Peruvian historians. At the time of our trip, one sol was equal to $0.30 American dollars.
These are the first few Peruvian bills and coins that I exchanged and used. Pictured on the 10 sol banknote is José Abelardo Quiñones Gonzáles, a Peruvian air force lieutenant and declared National Hero. On the 50 sol banknote is Abraham Valdelomar Pinto, a notable Peruvian writer. At the time of our trip, one sol was equal to $0.30.

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This was the view of my host family's house from the second-floor outdoor space where we lived.
This was the view of my host family’s house from the second-floor outdoor space where we lived. You’ll notice the metal spikes on the wall (for safety purposes) and the many clothes lines (it’s very common to dry clothes this way, as the electrical expenses of a clothes dryer are high in South America). Unfortunately, the sun is almost never out, so it takes a long time for anything to dry. My hair is so thick that it took days to dry after a shower.

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This was really interesting! As you descend the windy green staircase, you enter the kitchen of our host house. Because of the lack of bugs and the gently cool weather, Peruvian homes in Miraflores were almost always open to the outside.
This was really interesting! As you descend the windy green staircase, you enter the kitchen of our host house. Because of the lack of bugs and the gently cool weather, Peruvian homes in Miraflores were almost always open to the outside.

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This was the little courtyard in the middle of our host house. Pictured on the right was our host mother.
The little courtyard in the middle of our host house. Pictured on the right is our host mother.

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Taxi ride! It was really fun to speak Spanish with the taxi drivers, as they were always friendly and excited to chat with foreigners.
Taxi ride! It was fun to speak Spanish with the taxi drivers, as they were always friendly and excited to chat with foreigners.

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This isn't Peruvian, but we bought it at an Asian restaurant in Peru, so...
This isn’t Peruvian, but I bought it at an Asian restaurant in Peru, so it was close enough. 😉

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There are lots of small, family-owned restaurants in Peru where you can get a meal for roughly $2-3 U.S. dollars (you'll pay in soles, but that's the conversion – so it would be 6-9 soles). The food was always delicious!
There are lots of small, family-owned restaurants in Peru where you can get a meal for roughly $2-3 (you’ll pay in soles, but that’s the conversion – so it would be 6-9 soles). The food was always delicious!

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I took this photo in the district of Canto Grande, also in Lima.
The district of Canto Grande, also in Lima.

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Pictured from left to right: NyAisha, Anna, me, Melissa, and Izabela at the bottom.
From left to right: NyAisha, Anna, me, Melissa, and Izabela at the bottom.

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NyAisha and me in Canto Grande.
NyAisha and me in Canto Grande.

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Another beautiful beach shot.

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The beach. :)
The beach. 🙂

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Ceviche!
Ceviche!

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Our host family.

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The beautiful and very delicious dinner that we ate with our host family on the last night.
The beautiful and very delicious dinner that we ate with our host family on the last night.

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La Candelaria!
La Candelaria!

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Breakfast with our host family. Oatmeal with apples and coconut, herbal tea, and fresh papaya juice.
Breakfast with our host family. Oatmeal with apples and coconut, herbal tea, and fresh papaya juice.

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The sports area at the monastery in Canto Grande.
The sports area at the monastery in Canto Grande.

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The monastery.
The monastery.

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The beautiful Andes Mountains.
The beautiful Andes Mountains.

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