A Meet and Greet with Peruvian Farm Animals

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February 23, 2013

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It’s summer here and we’ve been capitalizing on the good weather by doing lots of fun outdoorsy stuff.  One of our adventures this week was a trip to Granja Arriero (Arriero Farm), a small farm/petting zoo an hour outside of Lima, near Pachacamac.  Nia’s obsessed with animals as of late, so I knew this would be a HUGE HIT.  What I didn’t expect was all the fun we’d have with other Peruvian children!

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Due to the fact that it’s summer break, there was a whole group of kids there.  I was touched by how sweet they were to Nia, bringing animals over for her to pet and being patient with her crazy antics (aka: ADD tendencies).  A couple of them even decided to stay with us the entire time we were there!  Here she is petting a cuy (guinea pig).  This will probably be someone’s dinner soon, as cuy is crazy-popular here in Peru.  Peruvians are always shocked when I tell them that we keep Guinea Pigs as pets in the US.  I have yet to try one, but I feel it wouldn’t be right to leave Peru without at least a bite.  I’ll keep you posted.

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Dogs are Nia’s favorite animal of the moment, but the bunnies and guinea pigs seemed to capture her attention quite nicely as well.  That is, until she saw someone holding a cell phone….

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And as usual, she managed to use her charm to acquire the cell phone for her enjoyment.  Honestly, I am amazed at how frequently people hand over their phones to my child!

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Nia’s other obsession of the moment is “Big Kids”.  Basically, if there are older kids doing something interesting, then she’s eager to try it too.  Here she is giving it a go on a rope swing.  I do admire how willing she is to try things though – she’s definitely a risk taker!

It was a lovely afternoon and we plan to venture back again next summer (and maybe even take Daddy along too).

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