Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Huaraz when not climbing 7-3 to 8-25-2012

What I do in Huaraz when I am not climbing
July 3rd to August 25th

There is more to Huaraz than just climbing.  There are rest days that consist of playing around, relaxing and eating.  I will be updating this page over the next two days.

Food and Drink:
The Best Yogart and Fruit breakfast for $1.50
Fruit Stands
The best Jugaria - Notice all locals
My "Usual" at Cafe Andino - No idea what is in the Salas but so good
One day at the hostel we made Ceviche and Tuna
All Done - So full
I was trying to gain back the 10 pounds I lost, so this meant constant ice cream - Tri Color was the best flavor
I went to almost every Chifa place I could find in search of the best Chaufa Con Pina
Making Chaufa Con Pina
Beer Made with Coca leaves
I was feeling bold towards the end of my trip and decided to try fresh squeezed orange juice on the street.  33 cents per cup.  The problem is that they wash the glasses with dirty water - I may be paying for it on my trip back to Lima.  At least the busses have bathrooms
The Standard Fare at Cafe Andino  - Aji De Gallina

My typical breakfast at Zarellas - Mexicana Burrito
Typical Ceviche with Maiz (corn) -Friday is the best day to get it because of the fresh fish delivery from the coast

Hanging Out:
Internet in Huaraz in painfully it took three weeks, but I finally found a place I could upload photos and video (after converting to MP4) at a decent speed.  The trick is find the place that the "gamers" go to as they have faster network connections
After my long climbs, I would enjoy updating facebook status and my was a chance to unwind
Every day I was in town..I tried to make my way to Cafe Andino to read a book, look at old clmibng magazeens and order a salad
The view from my reading and eating post in Cafe Andino
Inside Cafe Andino
The second best Chifa Place.  One night after a climb, I gave all of the staff shots of shitty alcohaul.  They were really nice to me after that
The square where I did my fancy eating.  El Horno had great pizza although a little pricey - 21 soles per pizza.
Inside the most convenient but worst service Chifa place ever.  At least here you dont have to tip.  It was next to Zarelas.  I must have eaten here 10-15 times, no joke.  8 Soles for a dish
Dinner at the Israeli House 
Dinner at the Israeli House
With Guy at the Israeli House.  We met on the bus to Huaraz and he invited me in.  It felt like family.  Although I do not speak Hebrew.

Goofing Around:
Cory and Tony warming in the thermal caves of Chancos
Letting out beards grow out in the mountains
I decided to leave a mustache - temporarily
Big Family Meal at Mary´s
Opening some wine to relax with

Interesting Differences:
You can only pull out 100 sole (38$) bills from the ATM.  These are useless in Hauraz as their value is too strong, so they must be changed at the bank, which is takes 5-20 minutes wating in line
The sewage system is poor so all toilet paper goes in a waste bin near the toilet
In Huaraz, they can make anything for you.  They fixed my pants, sewed  a stuff sack up and oh yeah...MADE ME A HAUL BAG for 30 bucks...really good quality
Here is the haul bag..It is pretty sturdy
A stray dog - one of hundreds
Two dogs having sex - very common siting

Where  I Lived
La Casa De Zarela
Me and Zarela.  She was an amazing host and friend - I am sure to stay there again my next visit
The view from the top floor sundeck - where I spent a lot of my down time reading
another view from the sundeck
Upstairs "make your own breakfast" spot - Spent a lot of time up here with Catalons and Spainards
Downsdtairs "Im lazy, can you make me breakfast spot"  Really good food though
My bed for 7 weeks
Laundry service 6 soles per kilo
1.5 soles per liter.  This was eco friendly as i just filled my nalgene

 The Locals
A Local Quechuan Child guarding our bag
A Local Quechuan Woman sipping tea

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