I don’t know when the travel bug hit me but I have this great desire to see the world! Talk about expanding my horizons!
When I think of traveling though, I really am not too interested in the popular attractions. I want to see how real people live, what they eat (I want to try it all), what their family dynamics are and being the romantic that I am, how they love.
I recently went on a ten-day tour of Peru – an impromptu Groupon special! Yes, for those of you who are curious, I did go alone. It’s funny that people almost always assume that you’re traveling with someone and think you’re either brave or crazy to go alone. But I digress…
Yay, I was going to visit one of the new seven wonders of the world – Machu Picchu! However, that was just a part of the tour and I must say that while this estate of the Incas was phenomenal and awe-inspiring, Peru is so much more, and far exceeded my expectations. (See my pictures)
I had an amazing tour guide (Edgar) who was only too happy to point us in the direction of deliciousness such as cuy (guinea pig), alpaca, causa – traditional Peruvian potato dish, amazing fruits and my favorite, Pan Chuta – sweet anise flavored bread. Edgar also answered our questions about romance – Peruvian style. He told us about how couples courted and we all fell in love.
A teenaged boy would run out into the fields and stand behind a tree, and would then be followed by the young female who would stand a small distance from him. He would pick up some small rocks and toss them next to her, after a while she would toss just one (indicating agreement) and they would slowly approach each other to share an Andean Kiss. The Andean Kiss is done by men rubbing their chins on the women’s foreheads. This is why most Peruvian men are clean-shaven.