Category Archives: South America

Photo of the Week: Cuzco, Peru

Dried Produce from Around Peru

Dried produce from around Peru

Today’s #FriFotos theme is #BOUNTIFUL, so I have decided to share a photo from an amazing cooking class that I took in Cuzco.  I did not know this before my trip, but Peru is a top foodie destination, and I ate some of the best food of my life during my three weeks in the country.  Thus, when I had a chance to take a cooking class, I went for it.

During the class, we tasted examples of Peruvian cuisine; prepared our own pisco cocktails; cooked causa (a national dish made with potatoes and chicken) and alpaca saltada (a type of stir-fry using alpaca meat instead of the typical beef); and, sat down as a group to feast on what we had prepared.

First, though, we learned about the history of Peruvian food, and this stockroom featuring dried produce from all around Peru was our classroom.  It was incredible to hear about, see, touch, smell, and (most of all) taste the dizzying array of diverse food products in Peru!

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What cooking classes have you taken, and what delicious food have you eaten, in your travels?  Please share your #BOUNTIFUL stories in the comments!


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Photo of the Week: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Cristo Redentor

Now that the Olympics are around the corner, I can’t help thinking of another future Olympics site: Brazil.  I feel that I only scratched the surface of the country during my trip there, and I have heard that, in the lead-up to the 2016 Olympics, a lot has already changed and will continue to change in the country.  I hope to see the changes for myself one day, especially in Rio de Janeiro, as this was my favorite city of the ones that I visited during my short trip to Brazil.  One of the city’s icons is this statue: Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer), atop Corcovado, overlooking Rio.  I only got to see the statue from afar during my last trip; hopefully, on my next trip, I’ll be able to catch the train up Corvocado and see Cristo Redentor up close!


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Photo of the Week: Buenos Aires, Argentina

The sky over El Cementerio de la Recoleta

Due to what our airline later called “una cadena de errores (a chain of errors)”, my friends and I got stuck in Buenos Aires for 24 hours on our way back from Antarctica.  During that unplanned time, we tried to make the best of things by getting a brief taste of the city.  One of our obvious stops was El Cementerio de la Recoleta (La Recoleta cemetery), where Evita Perón is buried.  It’s amazing that a place that is so beautiful and still can be immediately surrounded by such a bustling, modern city.


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