La Cuadra de Salvador

When Ivo and I first moved to Barranco, we set up in a chic little apartment complex freshly built atop the local Sofa Café. Yes, Sofa Café is a café with sofas, and yes, that’s exactly as great as it sounds. For about a month, things were blissful. The sunlight glittered off the white walls…

What’s a “Coca Leaf”?

Ivo and I stood in front of the Temple of the Sun. It was mid-afternoon at the top of Machu Picchu, and our wise-cracking guide had given us some space to wander freely. We’d sauntered down a quiet Incan path that had led us to a haunting glimpse straight into the dim temple, which had a gaping, jagged slash through its stone belly. Due…

My Dog Spanish Is My Best Spanish

Second languages are hard, guys. But fortunately, there’s a universal truth that spans all cultures: Dog people LOVE to talk about their dogs. I’ve probably put more energy into learning how to talk to people about my dog than any other topic. Hey go figure, now my dog Spanish is my best Spanish. I’d say my dog Spanish…

Beautiful Blue O’Bohême

In Lima, Miraflores and San Isidro are arguably the two best districts to live in. They’re safe, well laid out, clean, and friendly. Barranco, the district where Ivo and I live, is right on their tail. The area has a fantastic artsy vibe due to several decades worth of typical bohemian inhabitants, e.g. poets, musicians, artists, the…