Hm, this seems to become a pattern: The first days of a new trip feels quite tough. Maybe I am just growing old, maybe it’s a natural emotional reaction, maybe there is more and more to miss back home. Anyhow, it took me some time to adjust being back in South America. This time only for four weeks. But with my dad!
We started our trip in Lima, Peru. Where we had a wonderful greeting by the Peruvian Government. The whole Placa de Armas was decorated with German flags, a brass band was playing and we were supposed to walk the red carpet into the Palacio de Gobierno. Very friendly, but we preferred a more relaxed start an asked our President and his wife to take over ;-)
Instead, we had some relaxed strolls in the city. Admired the beautiful buildings and churches. Had a coffee here and there. Naturally, my dad tried the famous Pisco Sour!
Returning from a delicious dinner at the Bircher Benner restaurant, music led us the way to the Parque Central de Miraflores. It was amazing: Old and young locals were dancing to wonderful live music.
In between the dances they sang a birthday song. And recited a “Our Father” for a passed one. Then, all returned to the beautiful dancing. Sorrow and joy. Love and so much life. Made me cry some tears of joy. @Melanie: Would have loved to hold you in my arms and share this beautiful moment with you, maybe I would have even asked you for a dance… This is South America! It feels good. And as promised, I am back . Yeah!
Before leaving for Arequipa, we met Esther (my favorite flat mate from the time studying in Darmstadt) and visited Huaca Pucllana, where we had a delicious lunch with a very nice view. Ridiculous, that Esther and I have not seen for several years although we both live in Germany but manage to meet in Lima. Guess, I am becoming a real globetrotter ;-)
Sending you joy and love