Day 8

9 Jun

Today was sooooo much fun! All 15 of us went on a tour to Ica! The bus picked us up this morning at 7, we drove 4 hours to Ica, toured a winery (free samples of delicious Peruvian wine!), toured a local museum with ancient mummies (!!!!!), enjoyed a free lunch in a desert oasis, and went dune buggying and sandboarding in the sandy hills of Ica!!! Sandboarding is like snowboarding but in the sand obviously, and the hills were I swear like 90 degree angles. Most of us went down on our bellies but it was still completely terrifying. If you like roller coasters, this was even more amazing! The dune buggy drivers were awesome too, driving like typical crazy Peruvian drivers and taking us up and down the sand like we were on a roller coaster! You just had to keep your mouth shut for most of it or you would end up with the after-dentist-clean feeling. I wish I had pictures but they’re on other peoples cameras, so stay tuned for those photos later.


Fresh pecans at the vineyard!

Fresh pecans at the vineyard!

Wine tasting!

Wine tasting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I reallyyyyyy wanted to bring back a bottle of wine but I was afraid it would break in my bag so I resisted 😦  it was so dang good! Our guide was telling us that in Peru they say if you drink white wine it makes white babies, and if you drink dark wine it makes black babies, but if you drink a mix of both you end up with beautiful Peruvian babies 😉 They had a special name for this mixed wine, which they called Perfect Love, or Baby Maker, or Panty Dropper hahaha.

Part of the vineyard

Part of the vineyard

Antique grape crusher in the vineyard

Antique grape crusher in the vineyard

Antique containers used to ferment the wine

Antique containers used to ferment the wine







For the first time since being here there is NOTHING PLANNED for tomorrow and honestly it feels pretty nice! I´m sure we will end up going to a market or something but it will be super nice to sleep in and just relax. Especially since next weekend we are travelling to a mountain village to stay with host families and that will be a long 4 day weekend! We leave Thursday and get back Monday. It will be really interesting to see how different things are outside of Lima and in a more rural area! Kind of nervous because they suggested we get sleeping bags to “keep the critters out”… ummm, what? Critters? Normally that wouldn´t scare me, but in Peru? Yikes.

I have been meaning to put pictures up in the last few posts, and this one, but it´s really a pain in the ass to transfer the pictures from my camera, to my tablet, to the hotel´s computer so I will probably get to that tomorrow when I have a lot more time. Prepare for a flood of awesome pictures!! We have been so busy and life here is spectacular! Minus the fact that we are all dying for fresh produce and less white carbs.

The Struggle: I would literally kill for a salad.

The Silver Lining: I haven´t been sick yet! No salad for this girl means no vomiting or diarrhea either. I´ll drink to that!

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