San Pedro Market and El Molino Market

During my last couple of days in Peru, I tried to soak up as much of the culture as possible.  There is a big market near the Plaza de Armas called San Pedro Market where they sell…everything.  Fruits, vegetables, meats, cheese, grains, nuts, pasta, textiles, clothing, meals, fresh juices, and so much more!  It was fun to walk around and take pictures, and with all this hubba bubba about farm-to-table, well, this is the place to make that happen.  Right?!DSC_0978 DSC_0977 DSC_0976 DSC_0980 DSC_0981 DSC_0974 DSC_0971 DSC_0970 DSC_0967 DSC_0982 DSC_0984 DSC_0985

Cuy [Guinea Pigs]DSC_0986 DSC_0989 DSC_0013-001 DSC_1002 DSC_1000Even dogs are welcome!DSC_0991

And the flowers were incredible:DSC_0008-001 DSC_0007-001 DSC_0006-002 DSC_0003-002

Besides the San Pedro Market, Silje and I also ventured over to El Molino, which from what I understand, is a black market that is tolerated by the government.  It’s a great place to pick up goods and food for a price that is a bit lower than can what be found in the store.  We went there to purchase donations for the kids at our project, which I actually have an entire post about.  Until then, here are some pictures from our morning at El 5 (12) photo 5 (13) photo 2 (24) photo 1 (25) photo 1 (24)

And after all of the walking around, we popped into one of the restaurants and got a big bowl of chicken noodle soup with a hard-boiled egg and our favorite little corn nuts–all for just over $1.00!photo 2 (25) photo 3 (17)

We also picked up a few packages of diapers for the kids at Silje’s projeects.  Have you ever been on the bus with 3 packs of Adult-Medium diapers?  What an experience.  I think Silje could have actually used them, she had food poisoning when we bought these…10527372_10203942760266752_4516218347324342056_n

In addition to spending time meandering through markets, we also spent many of my last few nights out and about at the clubs, bars, and at salsa lessons.  I loved going out each night (once I was able to peel myself off the couch, that is).  And whatdoyaknow-I fell in love with salsa dancing.  I’m still nowhere near good, but I want to keep learning and keep taking lessons!  Just need to find some clubs that offer it…photo 4 (14) photo 2 (23) photo 1 (20) photo 5 (14)Or maybe I should go back to Peru as soon as possible.  Yep, that sounds like a good plan.

One day, one day soon.DSC_0152-001