Sunday, March 18, 2012

Trujillo- Plaza de Armas

In many of the cities in Peru (and Latin America), they have a Plaza de Armas (or two). Basically, it's a really cool area of the city with old buildings and statues!

This is the one in Trujillo!

Complete with large, gorgeous trees...

Flowers and many taxis...

A Catholic cathedral...

Cool old buildings...

A fountain!

Children playing with pigeons...

Historic statue...

Colors! Bright, beautiful colors!

And lampposts, of course!

I had so much fun taking pictures at different angles with the cool lighting! Love it!

Exploring Chan Chan- sola!

Near Trujillo, Peru, there are some awesome ruins- Chan Chan was the ruin site I took a cab to (all by myself!) to explore. It was dusty and cloudy, but I found some treasures and found some friends!

Cool ruins!

Self portrait- I LOVED this water area! It was such a surprise with all the dust and brown. So pretty!

Creepy burial ground or something...

My friends- the ducks!! No babies though... because it's winter in Peru... :o)

Ancient fish signs giving directions...

The surprise!

FYI- this was just a replica...

But a cool looking replica, so I'll take it!

Cool little man guy!

Ancient garbage can. Very important.

Birthday in Peru!

As tradition goes (or how luck would have it), I celebrated another birthday out of the country. For 16, I was in Paris for an exchange program, 18 and 21 were in Mexico, 25 I celebrated late in NYC, and 27- Peru!

The Honda family had a dinner party for me with the family (it was on Sunday).

It was SOOO good! Oh, how I miss Peruvian food!

And of course, we ate cake! It's tradition in Peru (and perhaps in other Latin American countries...) for the birthday girl (or boy) to cut and serve out the cake. I took the job very seriously... :o)

Although it's fun to celebrate my birthday in new places, I've discovered over the years that it's the people, not the place, that make a birthday special. Hence, 28 will be spent in the US!