More from Peru, Part I

Home after a wonderful trip. Extra special thanks to author Julia Durango, who traveled with me: Julia speaks fluent Spanish, and if it hadn’t been for her, I’d *still* be in the wrong taxi…. Many of the photos below were taken by her (JD).

May 11-14, in Lima:

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At Huanca Pucllana archeological site. (JD)

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In the Pueblo Libre neighborhood at the Museo Larco: saying hello to the resident Peruvian hairless dog amid lush display of bougainvillea. (JD)

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Whenever I’m traveling abroad and staying in hotels, I always have at least one impassioned “wish I had a kitchen!” moment. This was it for me in Peru: The local supermarket sold beautiful small scallops on the half shell with the roe attached. (JD)

At Colegio Roosevelt:

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With John Kurtenbach and Julia. (I think Tina took this photo?–Thanks, Tina!)

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With library assistant Tina Raventos and elementary librarian Michelle Roberts. And Knuffle Bunny.

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With the Simpsons. (Papier mache heads display in the elementary library. Thanks again to Tina for taking the photo.)

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With the students from the Korean club, who helped organize my evening presentation to the school’s Korean community. Two of the students did simultaneous translation of my remarks–not an easy job! (JD)

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Delicious stir-fry of flounder and veg at Chez Wong, a quirky little restaurant in Lima. No menu: First course is flounder ceviche, with or without octopus (we had it with), followed by the flounder stir-fry, and then another flounder stir-fry with homemade black-bean sauce. Very simple food and very delicious.

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At Amaz restaurant, specializing in dishes made with ingredients from the Amazon region, several entrees were wrapped and steamed in bijao leaves. This is my hearts of palm and chicken, which was interesting and tasty; Julia’s fish dish was even better.

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The Dunkin Donuts in Lima airport: a donut called Delirium.

Our wonderful stay in Lima was due to the efforts of John Kurtenbach, Lisa Gore, Michelle Roberts, Tina Raventos, and all the library staff at Colegio Roosevelt. Thanks also to the teachers who used our books with their students, and most of all, to the TERRIFIC STUDENTS who read our books and were such enthusiastic audiences!

Next entry: Part II, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu