May 3, 2014
The Saturday after our hectic schedule on Friday was a little more low key. We started it off with a breakfast from across our hotel where we tried coca tea for the time, unfortunately for us, we can't bring some home. I've seen too many episodes of Border Security and can honestly say I don't want to risk getting stopped at the border... Or wind up on a less serious version of Cops. After trying out coca tea for the first time, we did some more exploring and rewarded ourselves with another round of pisco sours. We ended up getting a bit tipsy and thought it was a good idea to have some more churros.
Julian also found a street sign with his last name on it which I'm sure was a trip highlight for him.
Eventually we met up with our group and made the initial introductions and then we were ready to go out for our first official group dinner. Julian tried a ceviche and it did not disappoint. Knowing that we got tipsy that afternoon, we pretty much kept it classy that evening since we just met everybody.
The next day, we made our way to Pisco, our first official stop on the trip. It was definitely a small, quiet fishing town. It just so happened that the day we arrived, they were celebrating a patron saint so we got to witness a parade, some fireworks and some dancing. I'm pretty sure the celebrations kept going throughout the night but sadly no big celebrations for us.