arequipa

This post originally published on a previously-owned blog and was imported here to simplify my life. Please excuse any confusion due to this merge. I hope you enjoy the content!

After our project in Cusco (which I blogged just a little about here and you can find pictures from here and here), Mike and I headed to Arequipa.

Arequipa will always have a special spot in our hearts, because it’s basically where we spent our first year and a half of marriage.  I say “basically,” because we didn’t move there till we were about 3 months married, but those 3 months was spent all over the place and definitely not in our own home…

But, boy, things sure have changed there!  Big malls have popped up, more American restaurants, an actual Mexican restaurant :), and just the hustle & bustle on the streets is higher.  It was crazy but fun to see the change, mostly due to the copper mines income just flowing in at a rapid pace.

We spent the majority of our few days, however, in the office.  It sounds boring, but having meetings in person when all you do is over the phone & internet, is actually exciting.  There is not and will never be a replacement for face-to-face communication.  This is one of the reasons we are really looking forward to moving back to South America in January – the office location will be changing to another country, but we’ll actually be with some of our co-workers again!  Yay!

So, here are a few pics of possibly our last trip to Arequipa for a very long time:

On our way to our favorite square (plaza) downtown…

Here we are!  Plaza San Francisco…

But my favorite little street lady with her popcorn cart was apparently taking advantage of “ciesta time.”  😦  I was so sad not to buy her popcorn one more time…which costs 1 sol (about 37 cents USD ha).

But Mike got his Queso Helado Arequipeño!  He was very happy, even though the price (like everything else!) went up.

 

Sidenote: Mike’s hands are so dry and cracking – one of the few things we didn’t miss about AQP. 🙂

Sidenote 2: I blogged about Queso Helado and shared a recipe a long time ago.  Read it here!

We took a ton of “one-arm” shots in the main square, Plaza de Armas, but finally got a decent one.

And I took the next picture just for my sister, Roxanne, who just LOVES birds.  😉  At times, there were even more than this surrounding us (another thing that’s increased since we lived here)!

In the office, we were able to catch up with a lot of dear friends.  One couple had a baby in the last year and I was excited to meet her…and pretend taking family pictures.  😉 Ha.
Old friends…well, old friends‘ hyper dog anyway. 🙂
Elvin & Carolina had us over for Lomo Saltado (also something I’ve made and shared…haha)

 

And this wonderful lady and her family let us stay at their house while in town.  They are great people!

We will miss you, Arequipa, but we’re excited for our next location, ______ in the country of  _______.  🙂

 

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