There you can observe the audience...
Models, designers and collections are of course the stars of a fashion week, but it is also interesting to observe what happens offstage.
There you can observe the audience...
The photographers doing their job...
...or you can even catch a sight of a rare bird: an Academic Troll running from one show to another!
This week fashion and design took over the city, as it was the time for the annual Lima Fashion Week, aka LIF Week. This year's featured designers included local talents like Sumy Kújon, Sitka Semsch, Claudia Jiménez, Amaro Casanova among many others, and this year's international guest was Agatha Ruiz de la Prada from Spain. I went to see some of the catwalks, and will write posts about them later -the photos are still in my camera! But I can already reveal that my personal favorite shows were young designers and silver jewellery from Ilaria. And of course, it was nice to observe what the local fashion birds were wearing!
I am now going to enjoy my fashion cupcake, courtesy of one of the sponsors of the event, El Comercio newspaper...Have a nice weekend!
PS. I also want to send my birthday wishes to Banana Skin Flip Flops blog in Colombia!
I'm back from my short Easter break (which was actually not a holiday, but a week dedicated solely to my academic duties ) and now I am back with good news: Academic Troll blog is finding more and more readers -March statistics showed 5374 visitors/month!
I am currently working on more Entrepreneuring Expat interviews (if you have not read the old ones, you can find them here: Mathieu Reumaux, Keiko & Makoto & Carolina Restrepo).
Have a nice weekend!
Just to tell you that Academic Troll is now (finally!) in Twitter!
You can follow me at twitter.com/academictroll. I hope to tweet you there!
Also, next Entrepreneuring Expat interview is almost ready -some French magic coming up!
Have a nice weekend!
I am FINALLY getting some international recognition for the hard work and selfless efforts I have been putting to this blog for quite a while. As you may have noticed, two quality badges have appeared at the right side bar: one from InterNations and from Expat Blogs.
InterNations is a online and offline community "connecting global minds", and my blog is now featured as a recommended Expat Blog at their Peru section. I have not yet had time to explore more about their activities, as I have been very, very busy writing this blog (and a little bit my thesis, too, among other things). But perhaps I will soon - I already joined the network, and got 'twinkled' by some fellow global minds!
As for the Expat Blogs, it is a website uniting expat bloggers around the world. They also have forums, contests (money, money!!!) and awards, and in addition they publish blogger interviews. I got interviewed, recently! I tried my best to give proper answers and not to troll too much. If you want to read my interview, click here.
The 'Entrepreneuring Expats' series in my blog will continue as soon as I will get new interviews done. Before that, I will also write more about the jungle adventures and reveal some scandalous secrets, so come back soon, dear reader!
Until next week...Have a nice weekend!
I was recently approached by a website called Visahunter, which is a helpful web page for those who are in the process of applying for a visa. Most of us who travel, work and study abroad, or have a foreign partner will at some point need a visa, and I know from my own experiences that the application process is not always easy! If you are in a process of applying one, you may find this site helpful.
Anyways, the reason why I was contacted was not to ask about my visa application experiences, but because on the site you can also find travel tips -tips from the best travel and expat blogs on the web!
Click here and go see which city I recommend as the best travel city in the world...
Have a nice weekend!
Setting my headphones for 21K
Past Sunday, the 20th May, Lima the Grey turned into Lima the Orange for one morning. Runners took over the streets in the neighbourhoods of San Borja, San Isidro and Miraflores, as it was time for a huge sport event: Lima Marathon sponsored and organized by Movistar and Adidas Running.
I did not run the full 42K marathon myself, but I did half-marathon, 21K.
I signed up for it quite spontaneously. The story goes like this: in a yoga retreat (of which I wrote about in an earlier post), I met a Peruvian girl Rocio, who is very athletic and also likes running. She told me about the event and that she was planning to go. I had run 21K once before, in 2006, and I estimated that I would be fit enough to do it this year too, so I signed up in a nearby Adidas store. It worked as a great motivation to get myself out for a run!
But then, due to an injury, Rocio was not able to participate this time. I still had to walk the walk (or run the run, in this case) and so I did! And so glad I did it, because the whole event was lots of fun and totally worth waking up at 6.30AM on Sunday morning.
I will share here some photos from the event, taken by Juan Martin.
First, stretching, stretching...most people were wearing the orange shirt and a cap provided in our kit:
Ready, steady...I think this next picture captures very well the pre-start excitement:
And these other photos are from the various drinking points from along the route:
The winner of 42K was a Kenyan, Isaac Kimayo, with 2h 16min result. Women's 42K winner was a Peruvian lady, Además de Canchanya 2h 58min 49sec time. Congratulations for them!
Oh, and my time on 21K? It was apparently 1h 56 min 16sec, as counted with a chip.
In my next post I will tell more about the run and the feelings, and I will share with you some reflections on training...until then, chao!
Photos © Juan Martin Cabrejos
Peruvian Paso horse in Pisac, Sacred Valley
Today I read about a photo exhibition called "Andares" by a Peruvian photographer Ana María García Montero. She has taken beautiful pictures of Peruvian Paso horses: by clicking this link you can see some of her work.
This reminded me of my encounter with these very noble creatures in Pisac, in the Valley of Urubamba, about a month ago.
It was our last day in Pisac and we went for a little walk. Suddenly I saw a horse in front of a café/restaurant.
Went to take a closer look and turned out it was a paso horse, owned by a local gentleman who breeds them. What is special with paso horses is that they have a gait called "champagne walk". It means that the horse steps so smoothly that the rider should be able to sit at the back and hold a tray of champagne without dropping any of the drink.
Champagne walk! How classy is that? I love all kind of horses, but this one is clearly my favorite!
We were invited to go inside to the horse stall (or actually, it was a back yard of a hotel-in-construction) to see more horses. There was even one baby:
Then...I asked the owner how much would a paso horse cost me. For 10 000 US dollars it would be mine, was the answer. Hmmm...let me still think about it. One hour riding tour -more tempting option -would have been available for 20 dollars, but it was our last hours in Pisac and there were no more time for it.
Well, bye bye then, dear horse friends: I hope to see you soon again!
No, but actually, at the end I did get myself a horse from Pisac. Ok, it's not a real one, but I love it, and it now decorates my working space. (I had to first clean my desk to take this picture...)
Is the summer already over?
Normally, at this side of the hemisphere it is unfortunately about to be over. But, apparently, this year April has been exceptionally warm, so the past weekend I was still enjoying the last summer days in Punta Hermosa beach, near Lima.
It was actually not bad timing to go there: there were not much people and the sun was very gentle. As a minus side I could mention very strong waves and jelly fishes, so swimming was not an option this time.
Only the surfers and bodyboarders were still out there!
And even at the evening time the weather turned a little bit misty, Punta Hermosa sunsets did not leave us disappointed...
And last but not least, a photo with my mermaid friends, Verena and Rocio -girls I met in the yoga retreat.