Peru Blog Posts

August 4, 2014

Axo Pachamama!

While we are in Cusco, we are renting an apartment from a local family. Chris and the kids are attending Spanish classes during the week while I am writing my next children’s fantasy book. Pammela and Washington have been amiable landlords during our stay in Cusco. Last week, they were kind enough to invite us…

August 4, 2014

Cristo Blanco in Cusco, Peru

This week’s post from the Gamel family’s yearlong journey around the world, written by Noemi Gamel, with photography by Chris Gamel On July 28th, Peru celebrated its Independence Day, commemorating its proclamation of freedom from Spanish Rule in 1821. Chris and the kids had no Spanish classes that day, so we decided to spend the…

July 31, 2014

Peru’s Delicious Huancaína Sauce

Peruvian cuisine is quickly gaining worldwide esteem for its bold flavors and the increasing diversity of international influences. Despite recent culinary innovation, the traditional staples are still a huge part of daily life in Peru; authentic dishes combining native ingredients with both indigenous and colonial cooking methods remain common fare. The country’s Andean highlands benefit from an unbelievable variety of…

July 21, 2014

Serendipity in Huacachina, Peru

Below is the second weekly blog post from Noemi and Chris Gamel and their family, currently on a yearlong journey around the world:  We learned an important lesson in Huacachina, Peru. Well, two lessons if you include that we can survive cold showers. More importantly, we learned that beautiful experiences often happen when your best-laid…

July 28, 2014

Shopping at the “Mercado” in Cusco, Peru

Here’s another post from the Gamel family’s year around the world: Whenever you are visiting another country, make sure to visit the local “Mercado” or market. This is different from the “super-mercado” or supermarket, which is essentially a grocery store. The Mercado is filled with local booths selling everything from produce, meats, nuts, cheese, rice,…