Well it’s been over 2 years since my last visit to Peru to now visit my wife which we got married back in July 2019 in England. I have decided to visit Peru this time to spend Christmas and New Year with her and the family. The flying over was pretty good although I feel out of touch of how it feels for travelling for so many hours well about 34 in fact. I’d had also forgotten how it feels to fly from Lima to Tacna. For some reason I always get bad ear ache flying over which I guess could be to do with the altitude. It felt so strange to be back in Tacna from flying from Lima which was slightly cooler than Tacna I hit the wall of heat it felt very heavy and so difference from the winter I was escaping from England. I was greeted by my wife at the airport and was taken to the fields of her parents. Travelling through Tacna felt like I hadn’t been that long since being back. I arrived to the vast fields of her parents and it felt even warmer. Although they are only 15 minutes away from the ocean. I was greeted by the dogs who seemed to just take to me and just wanted attention. I think their dog Lulu is just a big flirt really just loves attention. I have enjoyed my time in the fields it felt so lovely just be out in the open and understand the hen and egg production that they work in. It has also been a pleasure to see the beautiful sunrise and sunset and how quiet it is staying out in the fields. Only thing I have not enjoyed is the constant war between man and fly. They seem to be everywhere and even more when the temperature rises. One on the days we went to the local beach and felt very cool and relaxing there. The local beach is called Los Palos which was very beautiful and seemed very peaceful. It has been constantly warm while staying in Tacna not always that pleasant but I guess is better than the winter that is been experienced back in UK. It has also been a pleasure of tasting the local cuisine again, pollo a la brasa, ceviche and lomo saltado, although I think I am starting to get intolerable to fish. Also due to it been the Christmas and New Year period we have been eating much Panettone as it is a tradition to eat it in Peru around the Christmas period. Also has been nice to see the amount of Christmas decorations around the city of Tacna and in shops and restaurants, I have learned they don’t take them down until the 8th January which seems to be the tradition.
Allot of this trip to Peru has been spending it in the district of Ilo. It has been a pleasure to be back here and see that their has been some change and improvement such as new shopping malls and supermarkets. It has felt much warmer being here than Tacna but suppose that could be to do with being near the ocean. It has felt good to be back here walking along the beach which got very hectic near new years as it seems everyone wants to party on the beach. Also returning to the port under the moonlight was very peaceful. Also visiting probably my favorite restaurant El Tablon which do great pollo a la brasa which I think has become my favourite Peruvian food. Which the restaurant stands tall over the main square which was decorated beautifully with Christmas decorations. I learned that the local businesses each supply the decorations. It may seen like there is no pattern to the square but a good effort has been done. Also returning to the pie shop we use to go too was pretty tasty to return and once again eating picarones by the beach. Also I got to see the hospital where my wife was born which is by the sea, so I guess she was always destined to travel. My wife has been feeding me many juices since being in Peru. I think I prefer the mango juice also it builds muscle which I do need but the papaya always makes me use the toilet more, strawberries are also good which can help with blood pressure. One of the funny memories of being back in ilo was getting a very old taxi. It felt like the car was going to break in half or would need a Flinstones run to make it move. The joke at the end was that ‘well I’m glad your car didn’t turn off’. I think one thing that still frustrates me is the amount of people who stare at me and even more in the smaller districts, it does feel like I must have the amount of arms as an octopus. One of the amazing moments was when Christmas eve and New years eve hit midnight. The amount of beautiful fireworks was amazing from everyone in the district and lit up the sky amazingly it was a pretty good show, although I do feel for the surrounding animals. One thing I have truly enjoyed being here in this period was learning about the traditions and culture of Peru at Christmas and New Year, one thing that businesses do is they give out calendars and panettone to their clients. For New Year they decorate different colours to what they want in the New Year and they wear different coloured underwear of what they want. They lit candles of what they wish for, for instance my wife bought a plant with two candles and asked to change the blue which means good health to green so I did mention well if you get bad health at least you can pay for it with the green which meant lots of money. They also throw confetti over friends and family of what they wish for. For example red means love, yellow means luck, and black is protection from bad energy. For New Year they also were selling many different hats which we got a bargain of one that was a big Mexican hat which had flashing lights, also one that looked like a beer hat, which sort of reminds me of home.
I think the most memorable moment would be going to an echographer to see about my wife’s baby. Now before I came to Peru we were told 60% the baby would be a boy and start thinking about boys names and when we visited the echographer in Ilo which we were told the baby would be a girl.. Well he was 80% sure and we did start buying pink baby items. Also when we talked to people the shape of my wife was we were getting told the baby would be a girl. Now we went to an echographer in Tacna and straight away we got told the baby will be a boy within 2 minutes of starting the procedure, without a doubt which we found pretty amusing. Basically my advice would be if you ever go to an echographer and the say 80% be sure to go again or somewhere else before buying any baby items, but it did make us laugh.
I am writing this while I am waiting for my flight leaving Peru and reflecting back on this it has been a very relaxing and well needed trip. It has felt great to be back in Peru and has felt like not that long since being back here which is what I would now consider to be my 2nd home. Allot has felt like has changed, but still feels like the same home. I have very much enjoyed being back with the family as it feels like I have got on much better with my wife’s parents and brother and enjoying the time with my wife especially at Christmas time and will look forward to when I return again which will hopefully be with our newborn.