Notes On Being An Outsider

A few weeks ago, my favorite Peruvian in the whole world turned 34 years old, and what ensued was a weekend full of food, family, friends and chatter in our flat. I absolutely loved hosting so many people, frantically cooking crêpes at the last minute (living the last minute life, as always!) chatting over passion … [Read more…]

My downtown French haven

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Oh, crêpe… The other day I found myself daydreaming a little at my desk, thinking back to one particular day a year and a half ago when Lucio and I were in Paris, and stopped by a traditional (and over-priced) crêpe stand near the Quartier Latin. While the crêpe itself wasn’t necessarily the most delicious … [Read more…]

A Colourful Change of Scene

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When my good friends from university Chris and Charlotte came to visit a few weeks ago, I really wondered how I could make them feel as far away as possible from their London homes… Walking around Arequipa was different enough for sure (the burning hot sun, loud interactions in Spanish and the snow-capped volcano looking … [Read more…]

Holy Thursday: A Street-Food Heaven

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If there’s one thing that will get me out into the heaving streets of Arequipa during a religious celebration… it’s the food. Don’t judge me… Every year on the Thursday of Easter Week (or Holy Week, as they call it here), shortly after sunset, what feels like the whole of Arequipa fills the streets of … [Read more…]