After a cloudy start to the morning, a stressful drive, a visit to an ugly town and a boring museum we found an oasis (literally):    Sometimes all you need to save a morning of otherwise forgettable sightseeing is to see something you have only read about: a desert oasis. It was astonishing, almost like … More Oasis

Ballestas Islands

I woke up early this morning to the sound of Sean’s voice coming from the patio, asking the hotel staff if the boat to the Ballestas Islands was still leaving given the weather. I peeked outside. It was gray and misty. I burrowed my head deeper into my pillow: I thought we had left that … More Ballestas Islands

Driving to Paracas

The drive to Paracas was both fascinating and harrowing. Sean left the apartment early to pick up the rental car and we managed to find our way out of Lima with the help of the GPS (en Espanol) and Sean’s Mario Brothers style of driving. (Very necessary!) Lima’s urban sprawl is incredible and it’s not … More Driving to Paracas

Crepes for Lunch

Hi, it’s Sofia and Oscar! Today we went with Mama to a crepe restaurant called Palachinke near the Parque Kennedy. We have been wanting to go here but it doesn’t open until 1pm for lunch (and Mama never wants to have crepes for lunch but today she let us because Daddy is traveling.)  After school … More Crepes for Lunch

Here Come the Sun*

We finally saw the sun today. It didn’t just peek through the curtain of gray that hangs over Lima during the winter but was a full-on, blue skies kind of sun. Not to be all melodramatic but I have felt like Margot in the Ray Bradbury short story, “All in a Summer Day.” (Very melodramatic. … More Here Come the Sun*

Sunday in Lima

Today we set out early, at 10 a.m. We walked through the nearly empty streets of Miraflores and grabbed breakfast at a local cafe followed by shopping at the farmer’s market in San Isidro. A lot of products in the markets in Lima (not necessarily at the supermarkets) seem to be local to Peru but … More Sunday in Lima