Thursday, November 11, 2010

Peru: foreshadowing?

While waiting on Paulista for the airport shuttle last week, I overheard a woman inquiring about the same. A taxi split three ways is the same price as the shuttle, so within minutes, we were exchanging introductions on our way to Garulhos.

Over the next hour and a half I had the pleasure of getting to know Edelweiss and her son Franco, my new friends from Lima. We talked about their Hungarian lineage and modern ties to Brazil. Conversation meandered to cuisine and I learned about the Peruvian culinary trend Cocina Novoandina and Gastón Acurio.

Edelweiss warned me not to skip Machu Picchu when I succeed in making that Bolivia/Peru expedition that's been burning a hole on my hotlist. She also told me to look into Arequipa, the "white city," which I will include on my (eventual) itinerary. In fact, Edelweiss and I have been emailing since our chance meeting and the articles and photos she has sent are making my feet itch.

Whenever I get there, I would be grateful to meet that wonderful pair again.

And, what an entertaining surprise during an otherwise-dull commute to the airport!