After a couple of wallet-lightening hours, we have more than enough souvenirs to take home. And these souvenirs are fantastic. I am especially excited to show my brother his presents.
We started out around noon, walked past the cat park again, and got a few snacks to fuel up before hitting the artisan handicrafts stores. Peru is known for alpaca things and I was set on bringing home something alpaca. There were so many scarves, blankets, shawls, and ponchos that it was hard to choose though. At one point, I wanted to bring home a teddy bear made of baby alpaca fur, but Michael vetoed it.
So I bought my brother a ridiculous knit mask instead. Chris, this is your first present. I have another something for you, but you’ll have to wait until I get home. You can wear this to rob banks, scare small children on the ski slopes, and just for kicks and giggles. It’s awesome. I got some amazing alpaca slippers. I look like Bigfoot and my feet feel like cloudpuffs. After spending all our money, we needed a snack fast. Shopping is exhausting.Michael and I ended up at a hole-in-the-wall called Tropicana with a big plate of ceviche and drinks. Totally hit the spot. I got a lucuma smoothie out of curiosity. Bright orange in color, it tasted faintly of prunes, almonds, and maple syrup. Lucuma is a tropical fruit that I’ve never tasted or seen, but apparently is pretty popular in Peru. One of my frozen yogurt flavors today was also lucuma. I’m a fan.
I’m loving Peru so far.
Michael is napping, but we’re going to hit the gym soon and find another hole-in-the-wall for dinner tonight.