Barranco District

One of the places I’d read about in Lima was the Barranco District (the “SoHo” of Lima), so we hired a cab to take us there (cabs are very cheap in Lima).  It was very interesting to see.

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This is the Bridge of Sighs:

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These statues (and the sweet little girl in front of them) were fun to see.

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This is the Church of La Ermita.  It looks normal from the front.

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But when you look closely you can see that the roof is full of holes.

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It was the oddest site; I’ve never seen anything quite like it.  There was a bridal party outside, so it seems that it was still being used in some capacity.  Isn’t it odd?

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Peruvian Food

I have already written other posts about the food we ate in Peru (and there will be more) but here are a couple of meals we had in Lima.

This fast food was close to our hotel and we absolutely loved these sandwiches!

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Chicken, pineapple, sweet potato, avocado.

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Chincharron (pork belly), sweet potato, pineapple, avocado, fried egg.

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For dinner we went to this great Italian restaurant — Rigoletto.

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The food was great!  Mango seabass:

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Crab in Ricotta and brandy ravioli:

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Pasta with tenderloin:

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See that Inca Kola in the above photo?  We fell in love with Inca Kola, and we don’t normally drink any soft drinks at all.  This is all the rage across Peru, and we could see why.

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We also fell in love with this Nutella pizza that we shared later.  The food in Peru is great!

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Government Band

While in Lima we had some time to tour the city, especially near the city square where the Cathedral stands.  2015-09-08 14.01.40_500

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It’s always interesting to step inside a cathedral and see all the beautiful artwork.

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These ancient music books were huge!

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We had a peak into the crypt.

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When we came outside we saw a lot of guards near the church.

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We went walking and came across some other interesting scenes.  Here are some of the other smaller churches.

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When we got back to the square we could see the large Presidential palace.

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Now we knew why there was so much security — there was a band playing and some kind of ceremonial event under way.  Crowds of people had shown up.

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We think we may have seen the President of Peru.  At any rate, it’s a lovely city to tour.

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I’m returning to some blog posts that were shared before the holidays, regarding our trip to Ecuador and Peru to visit our sponsored children.  I told you about meeting Maria, Anais, Jose and Mayra.  Now I want to share for a few weeks about our other activities in Peru.

In Lima, we stayed in the Miraflores Lodges, which put us in a great location to walk about or catch public transportation.

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They had a great breakfast buffet every day.

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I loved this stained glass window in their stairwell.

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We often walked to a nearby park that had a strange attraction — it was full of cats.

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I mean lots and lots of cats.  There was at least one in every tree.

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They were all over the place.

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For a dog lover (and a person who’s quite allergic to cats), it was really quite creepy!

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Ucross Show and Share

One of my favorite parts of quilt retreat is seeing all the projects that others are working on.  In addition, we get to see some of the finished quilts during the “Show and Share” times that we have every day.  Cathy put bindings on a couple of small projects she’d had for a long time.  She’d bought a bunch of quilt kits years ago, and has finally gotten back to finishing them.  2016-01-16 14.54.26_500

Cathy also finished a Mystery Quilt she’d also started twenty years ago:

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It turned out very nice and it’s a great accomplishment!

This friend — Pat — made a lovely mini kit with Kim Diehl fabrics and pattern.

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Here are some of the projects I worked on at retreat this year, though they aren’t quilted yet:

Happy Dogs:

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Prairie Flowers with its beautiful back-basted appliqué from Jo Morton:

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Here is a quilt I have finished — I had just picked it up from my friend, Virginia, who does the quilting for me, so I shared it with the others at retreat.  I love how it turned out:

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Here’s a good view from the back of Virginia’s beautiful quilting:

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Games and Prizes

One of the fun activities at the Ucross quilt retreat is playing the game Left Center Right with fat quarters.  It gets very loud and hilarious as people have to give up the three fat quarters they add to the game, one by one, until only one person is left.  You can’t see them all, but twenty-four people were sitting around that table hoping to win.

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There are also door prizes of various types, which everyone will receive at some point over the weekend.  We were also given quilt books donated by one of my favorite shops — Quilter’s Fix — in Sheridan, WY, which were greatly appreciated.  Last year I won the Grand Prize — a large gift certificate to another nearby quilt shop that has unfortunately closed its doors recently.  Another activity that has a prize is putting dimes in a bucket for “Rips and Slips” — having to rip a seam out and/or using bad language while doing it.  Well I put in over $2.00 for all the seams I had to rip out this year (though I don’t think I had any “slips” of the tongue), and ended up winning half the money, which amounted to about $30.00.

But now back to the game — Left, Center, Right.  My first roll was three centers, which meant I had to give up all three of my fat quarters immediately.  From then on, I was “in” the game a couple of times but not often.  A similar situation happened to Cathy; she was also sitting there (pretty much out of the game) hoping a fat quarter would get passed to her.  And it happened!  At the very last roll or two, which meant she was the winner!

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I didn’t get a good photo of Cathy with her fat quarters, but you can see them here in the middle of the table — she won 71 of them!  Now let’s do the math; it sounds like she either counted wrong or someone else went home with a fat quarter they couldn’t part with!

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Quilt Retreat

My friend, Cathy, and I recently attended the Ucross Quilt Retreat again.  We look forward to this all year.  It takes place on a lovely old ranch near Clearmont, WY.  Here and here are some of the photos of buildings I’ve posted previously.  Although we still stay overnight at the ranch house, we now sew upstairs in the barn (now turned art gallery) referred to as “Big Red.”

We saw turkey tracks first thing in the morning.

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Here are some photos of the whole group at work on individual projects.

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Doesn’t this look like a great place to hang out with friends and work on quilts?  It truly is!

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I like these blocks my friend, Vikki was working on, with spider webs and newsprint.

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