No, it’s not ideal to be thousands of miles away from your mom on Mother’s Day, but when you are, best to make the most of it!
Luckily, my friends in Lima invited me to a wonderful celebration.
We actually went to the farmhouse where my friends got married! It is about an hour outside of Lima and the scenery is absolutely beautiful. You can see in the pictures below that they grow fruit, raise animals (guinea pigs, particularly), and have beautiful flowers/vegetation.
The lunch was a plate of guinea pig, which are raised on-site in the farm as you saw above, Peruvian corn, and potatoes.
The guinea pig was stuffed with herbs and vegetables. To be honest, I didn’t like it as much as the guinea pig I had in Huaraz. But the rest was spectacular.
As I mentioned in my first Lima post, my friend’s husband’s family is very musical. Below is a short video of them singing. I think this was some kind of birthday song, but I’m not completely sure. Regardless, this singing went on for a long time. It was great!
My mom was thousands of miles away, but my friend’s mom and grandma were my Peruvian mothers. They were warm and caring and…motherly. Just wonderful people and I feel honored and blessed to have spent Mother’s Day 2012 with them and their wonderful daughter/granddaughter.
On the way to the farm we passed by someone selling cancha dulce by the kilo. I hadn’t seen this since I was in the Peruvian countryside and had to take advantage of the opportunity to stock up on what I dubbed “my cocaine.”
I don’t know that I was addicted to cancha dulce – Peruvian sweetened popcorn from corn with huge kernels – but I definitely recognized that my time in Peru was coming to a close soon and I needed to enjoy it while I could.
So below is a picture of me with my 1kg/2.2lbs of cancha dulce that I bought on the way back to Lima. I finished it in ten days..
About Adam Pervez
In mid-2011 I left my cushy corporate job and took the plunge into a life incorporating my passions of traveling, writing, volunteering, learning, educating, and telling stories. I study what happiness means to others, offer what I can from my engineering/MBA background as a volunteer, and try to leave each place better than how I found it. Read more.