Travel Stories

Market In Perú

Mar­ket In Perú

Trav­el­ling is always an adven­ture. Whether you are across the world or just across town, there are lit­tle anec­dotes to be told. Let’s share them!

I’d like to ask a few trav­ellers to tell me their best anec­dotes on the road or abroad. On top of my mind, I’m think­ing of:

Gail, who back­packed around the world quite a lot (and visit her for her great pic­tures!)
Renny and Diane, who always seem to be explor­ing awe­some places in Nor­way
Blue­fish, who is get­ting to know Den­mark with her Euro­pean hubby
Max, my favorite Por­tuguese girl
Linguist-In-Waiting, who trav­eled to Europe last sum­mer
The Spit­ting Ves­sel, who seem to know so much about the world
Seraphine, who has just been in Costa Rica
An Argen­tin­ian fam­ily in Water­loo, Canada, who is bound to have some anec­dotes! I´m sure the Zieglers fam­ily, also from Argentina, has some cool sto­ries as well.
Agnes at her Cos­mic­Tree­House, and her love for India

Mean­while, here are a few of mine.

  • In Lima (Perú), we took a taxi to go to the bus sta­tion. The ride was smooth, we were jok­ing around with the dri­ver, when sud­denly, the car stopped in the mid­dle of the free­way. Ooops. No more gas. For­tu­nately, a cop was nearby and got us into another taxi, while mak­ing sure we were not ran over!
  • In Mon­teverde (Costa Rica), every night there were a sloth in a tree right in front of the hos­tel. We took many pic­tures and noth­ing would dis­turb it! It just moved slowly from tree to tree, just a few meters from us. I had never seen one in the wild like that and found it quite cool.
  • At the Boli­vian bor­der, when one of the migracíon offi­cer took my French pass­port, he asked me if I was a descen­dant of Napoleon Bona­parte. I was not sure whether it was good or bad and smile mys­te­ri­ously. Then I got my exit stamp. Phew.
  • In Are­quipa (Perú), we heard a guy scream­ing “caramelo con leche” all day, from the busy street down­stairs. Even­tu­ally, we saw him: dressed as a green Santa Claus, he was stand­ing in the mid­dle of the traf­fic, sell­ing can­dies. For the first two days we were at the hos­tel, he worked (i.e. screamed “caramelo con leche” on top of his lungs) until 10 pm. Our last day in Are­quipa, we went to see him. He was a very friendly guy who had been work­ing sell­ing can­dies for over 20 years! Just imag­ine, stand­ing in the mid­dle of the traf­fic every­day for 9 or 10 hours, sell­ing can­dies for a few cents… We bought some and they were deli­cious by the way.
  • So far, our longest bus ride was over 16 hours, to cover the 1,000 kilo­me­tres between Lima and Are­quipa. We left at 6 pm and arrived around 10 am the next day. The scenery was awe­some but sit­ting in a bus for so long is dif­fi­cult! That said, we have done worse: 30 hours between Arica and San­ti­ago in Chile in 2002, 48 hours from Ottawa to the Mex­i­can bor­der in Texas in 2003, and 3 days from Syd­ney to Perth in Aus­tralia in 2003.

So, write about your best travel story, whether it´s a three pages adven­ture or a two-line anec­dotes, and let´s share the world together!

I´ll send a post­card from wher­ever I am to the best ones.

Have fun!


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French woman in English Canada. World citizen, new mom, traveler, translator, writer and photographer. Looking for comrades to start a new revolution.


  1. Thank you all for the sto­ries! We are in Patag­o­nia right now and my Inter­net con­nex­ion isn´t that great, hence the no reply yet. Get­ting there… thanks for your patience!

  2. @Gail at Large — Lucky you! I now Ice­land is sup­posed to be crazy expen­sive (luck­ely, com­pact enough too!)… what a great birth­day present! Trav­el­ing some­times really dependsa on who you meet and on the chances you take.

    @Bluefish — Wait­ing for it!

    @Angela May — I´m sorry to say I laughed out loud when try­ing to imag­i­nate you haul­ing the lug­gage, try­ing to cross the chaotic streets! 😆 That´s a good story. We have all made the mis­take of tak­ing too much lug­gage… I usu­ally just take a back­pack but I had a suit­case my first trip to China and I learned from my mistake.

    @Gabriel — 😆 Macho style! Ah these Argen­tini­ans… 😆 I can just imag­ine how you must have looked. You know, we are in Tierra Del Fuego right now (I´m a cou­ple of posts behind on the blog) and I see these back­pack­ers wear­ing noth­ing but san­dals and shorts. Seri­ously… talk about hypothermia… 😆

    Thanks for the award, I will pick it up! :-)

    @Kirsten — I going to read that right now!

    @DianeCA — Ah, these pic­ture addicts!v We go to great lenght for a good one, don´t we! I´m a bit claus­tro­pho­bic and I can just imag­ine. Brrrrr!

    @RennyBA — Renny, the sub­ject of a good story :-)

    @Seraphine — It makes sense, although it is hard to imag­ine for me because I grew up by the sea. Good story!

    @Tulsa Gen­tle­man — I guess it is a sure way to make peo­ple pay! I have never seen that before though. I hope you thanked your friend .-)

    @Agnes — I am waiting! :-)

    @Linguist-in-Waiting — Alright!

  3. Oh mon Dieu, j’ai com­plete­ment oublie d’ecrire une arti­cle sur ce sujet. Je vais la faire des que pos­si­ble. Desolee.

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