Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Surprising Sunday

This weekend we decided to make a little excursion to  down town of Lima (centro historico).
During the week it’s a chaotic place, the narrow streets jammed with hawkers trying to sell their goods, cars everywhere and the air  filled with a rather unharmonious concert of  horns.

But Sundays this place belongs to the people that are not  coming to work here, but to the ones that live in the center and life takes a different rhythm.

We encountered a procession and to our surprise there were colorful groups of dancers, dedicating their performance to the “ Senor de Torrechayoq de Urubamba” in whose honor the procession was held.

Following the procession

Joyfully greeting the onlookers

Devoted dancers
 A colorful hat decorated with fresh flowers

A moment of rest

Asking me to pose with them and honoring me with one of the beautiful hats from Cusco.

After all the excitement: Having seafood for lunch at a beachside restaurant.
 The colorful yellow vegetables are glazed sweet potatoes
( here I need you to help me out: Do sweet potatoes count as vegetables???)  , surrounded by different kinds of ceviche and  octopus carpaccio in black olive sauce.

Quite strong tasting, but delicious: Leche de tigre  (Tigers milk)

Is this called “Tigers milk “ because it turns everyone into a tiger after drinking this??
It is actually the  juices from ceviche (fresh pressed lime juice, juices of the fish marinated in lime juice, chilies , cilantro and a shot of vodka!)
Boy, after this you go whether  through the roof or you sleep for 3 days J
Thank you for accompanying me at this surprising Sunday.
See you next Tuesday!


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  1. What a fantastic thing to have stumbled upon. I love all the colors on their clothes. One day I hope to visit Peru, it looks like such a beautiful country. Thanks for sharing this wonderful post and photos.:)

    1. Hi Natalie,
      it was really a wonderful surprise.
      The country is so interesting and there are so many things still to discover.
      Thank you for you kind feedback!

  2. Looks like such a fun day. And, what a great ceviche platter! The hat looks great on you!

    1. Hi Lisa,
      it's always fun to discover new things, especially when they are completely unexpected.
      The ceviche was delicious , the quality
      of fish and seafood here is outstanding. Ah.... me too , I loved the hat :)

  3. Wow, I love this kind of entertaining...looks awesome all the clothing and the traditional dance...nice pictures Daniela. The food looks great!
    Hope you are having a wonderful week :)

    1. Hi Juliana,
      The colors were overwhelming and it was wonderful to see how people express their joy through dancing.
      Seafood tastes so wonderful here and there is so much imagination in creating new dishes!
      Have a great day!

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    1. Hi Jenn,
      Yes we had a great time.
      These little surprising encounters add a wonderful touch when you are travelling :)
      Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Looks like that you had a great Sunday!

    1. You hardly could wish for more:
      Amazing Folk dances, great music
      and a wonderful Lunch at the seaside.
      Thanks for stopping by Angie!

  6. Great pictures! Look like a wonderful time. Thanks for including us!

    1. Hi John,
      it's my pleasure to share with my blogger friends such nice moments.
      Great to hear that you enjoyed the pictures.
      Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Hi Daniela, thank for the tour, very interesting event. Love to see those costume, very nice. Looks like you had a great Sunday and on top of that they honor you a beautiful hat. You look gorgeous. :)

    Your seafood lunch look awesome plus the 'tigers milk' oh...my did you blink your eyes 3 times and hear the birds singing? LOL
    Very interesting drink and after lunch did you zzzzzzzzz...... :))

    Sweet potato is a root vegetable. The orange sweet potato is the best, it contain beta-carotene and rich source of anti-oxidant. It's an anti aging food and good for the skin. In Asia we do enjoy the sweet potato leaves too.

    Have a nice weekend. Hugs to you.

    1. Hi Amelia ,
      Thank you for your great feedback and the info about sweet potatoes!
      It is interesting to hear that in Asia
      you use the leaves as well this is new to me and it's always great to learn something new.
      Appreciate your comments very much.
      About the questions:
      birds singing - yes
      Zzzz - yes
      :) , :)
      Have a wonderful weekend!

  8. Wow! This looks like a pretty amazing day!

    1. Hi Amy,
      it was really an amazing day.
      As so often , things that happen without previously planning them
      are the nicest ones :)

  9. What beautiful colors in their costumes! How lucky you were to come upon that wonderful procession. Love the photos and would love to taste just a sip of that Tiger's Milk :)

    1. Hi Susan,
      thank you so much, it's great to hear that you enjoyed the pictures and post!
      The colors where really gorgeous and despite of their brightness they go along together quite well :)

  10. Daniela, I absolutely loved the photos and your description of the event, the dancers and the delicious foods and drinks. Glad to get my first glimpse of you, looking good and like you are having lots of fun.

    1. Hi Kathleen,
      I 'm very happy to read that you enyoyed the pictures specially hearing this from you, an excelent photographer!
      And yes - I had lots of fun and enjoyed this Sunday very much.
      Thank you for your kind comment!
      Have a great week ahead.

  11. Hola Daniela gracias por contarnos las historias de estos paises, aumque me des un poco de envidia!!!!!!! viendo todas estas fiestas y costumbre como esta de Lima,, ya que me encanta conocer las culturas y la gastronomia de los de mas paises,a mi me encanta viajar y ya he estado por alguno pero me queda muchos,veo que se lo paso muy bien, y si luego se comieron la mariscada que mas quiere, no me estraña que diria a dormir tres dias!!!!!! bueno gracias otra vez por describirnos esta ruta, ahhhhhh esta muy guapa con el sombrero le queda de fabula, un beso

    1. Hola Conchi,
      Me da mucho gusto que has didfrutado el post.
      Efectivamente es lindo y un privilegio conocer países tan interesantes donde hay muchísimo por descubrir.
      Perú es conocido además de sus coloridos y alegres fiestas costumbristas por su excelente cocina que nos tiene muy engreídos :)
      Gracias Conchi por tu visita y lindo comentario muy apreciado.

  12. A wonderful event! I love those clothes. Great looking food too.



    1. Thank you Rosa!
      The clothes were really spectacular, dyed with natural colors and handwoven. And the food.....yummy :)

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    1. Yes we had a lot of fun with all this music and colorful dances.
      Thanks for stopping by!

  14. What a beautiful place and colorful event. Your smile says it all.


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