Algarrobina, Huanchaco and Buenos Aires

Cold milk, pure Pisco, cacao cream, an egg yolk, syrup and some ice cubes – voilà, there you go with your cocktail Algarrobina, one of the best ones I tried so far. And even better: I learned how to prepare it myself during an official cocktail workshop at the Private Northern University at the department of tourism. A fully equipped kitchen and bar next to the rather small conference room show clearly that everything is about practice here. After a short theoretical introduction about Peru’s national 42% liquor Pisco, we watched the professor professionally prepare three classical cocktails. It all looked very easy and a sip of the product convinced us of the quality of the drink. But when it came to us to repeat the few steps, many of us seemed to struggle with the art of a perfect design and taste. We had lots of fun anyway which definitely wasn’t due to our increasing alcohol intake.

Other than that, I finally got to visit Huanchaco again and absolutely enjoyed the surprisingly different atmosphere. The people seem more relaxed and open minded and you’ll find international groups everywhere. Exploring the small town, I discovered a Swiss café with amazing food and I also got to try some new jungle-flavours of cremolada, which basically is ice with different syrups and juices. Friends also recommended for me to climb up to the local church and after a short walk I was able to enjoy a fantastic view over Huanchaco, its beaches and of course the ocean too. It felt so calm just to stand on the hill, hearing the monotonous singing through the open doors of the church and breathing the fresh breeze. As I wanted to catch up on the sunset (which is pretty early at around 6pm every evening here), I needed to hurry finishing my arroz con mariscos (rice with seafood) and when I arrived at the beach, the sky was all dizzy and grey. I still found it fascinating enough to see the sun play hide and seek with the clouds and loved watching it disappear in the waves of the ocean. Suddenly, it got a whole lot colder and I was happy to have brought my jacket. Definitely a place I’ll come back to soon!

Another highlight was the inauguration of the olimpiadas maxplancistas 2018 where I was honored to be part of the judges. Evaluating the children’s and parents’ (!) performances was the best part of the whole day and I took lots of pictures and videos. As I even received an official Max Planck College shirt, I felt like a part of the school’s family which made me proud of my work here. Many students talked to me that day and it was great to see them once in a non-formal context. I’m really looking forward to the clausura event in two weeks!
Unfortunately, spending a day in Buenos Aires, Trujillos part that is the closest to the water, turned out to be highly dangerous. As the sun is burning intensely, you won’t notice the strong wind blowing around you that makes you sick. I experienced this myself spending the following week in my bed, occasionally getting up to prepare the next cup of tea. After ten days I’m still recovering and hope, that I’ll feel better as soon as possible as it’s Halloween today and other great events promise to come up too!

~ Jenny