Moving to California – Days 3 & 4

After our long day driving through corn fields and spending the night in North Platte, we were SO READY for some mountains!  It took about four hours to drive to Denver from North Platte, and the whole way we were looking out for our first glimpse of the Rockies.  However, we forgot how totally HAZY the skies around Denver are, so you can barely see the mountains even from the city that is surrounded by them!

Mr. Moose arriving in the Mile High City

Despite the lack of visibility, we had a great time in Denver, catching up with some of my old friends from Peace Corps who I hadn’t seen in over two years!  On our first night in town we headed out to Beauty Bar, where we danced to Motown music and got photobombed.

Maureen and me, and some creepers in the background also posing?

Denver seems to be a city that has something for everyone.  It’s a great place to be young and out on the town, but I could also see how it would be easy to raise a family there.  Our favorite thing about Denver is, obviously, the beer.  So on our second day in town we walked around enjoying some happy hour microbrews and the beautiful weather.

Breckenridge Brewery has an amazing happy hour…1/2 price nachos and $1 off all drafts!
I found this “Bike-a-saurus” really amusing.
Build-your-own fro yo also happened.

We also got to catch up with Zach’s cousin Michelle, who lives in the awesome Five Points neighborhood.

Beautiful view from Michelle’s roof

Michelle was headed off to a pirate-themed bike party.  If only we had had the proper attire and bikes with us we would have joined!

We also talked to one of Michelle’s friends who moved to Denver from Atlanta.  I thought her story was really cool. “I was totally an urban shopaholic city girl.  I wanted to move to New York.  I only came out here on a visit with my sister because she paid for my flight.  Then we went to Red Rocks and I just started bawling.  Surrounded by all those mountains I all of a sudden got how tiny I was and how I really don’t matter.  It was amazing.  I decided I had to live here.”

Everyone we know who lives in Denver loves it, and we can see why.  It’s a big city with lots of life but also super accessible to all the outdoor activities the Rockies offer.  We could definitely see ourselves living there someday.  But for now, the ocean is still calling!

 

 

 

 

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Barranco: The Hippest Part of Lima

BarrancoThanks to the awesome power of Couchsurfing, on our first day in Lima we met a friend, Jorge.  He helped us a lot with some venue-searching we were doing for a youth orchestra from Zach’s hometown, which is coming to Peru this summer.  Jorge lived in Barranco, and just from our first meeting in a coffee shop there, we could tell it was an awesome area.  We were able to find a free B&B in the neighborhood and moved in for our last few days in Lima.

Barranco
Barranco is historically the poorer, bohemian neighborhood of Lima, although just like it’s NYC counterpart (Greenwich Village) it seems to me like it’s becoming more expensive and upscale then it probably used to be.  Still, it definitely has a multicultural vibe and relaxed, “enjoy life” atmosphere.  There’s an abundance of classic old cars parked on the streets, and the buildings are all colorfully painted or covered in cool graffiti-style murals.

Barranco
The main plaza of Barranco is also just a few blocks away from Lima’s best surfing beaches.  Being the Bohemian barrio, Barranco also has the best nightlife in Lima, all week long.  We went to a salsa club with a live band on a Tuesday night, and the place was crowded with awesome dancers.  Our salsa is terrible but it was super fun just to watch the band and the dancers who make it look so easy.


After several days in Barranco, neither of us was ready to leave.  We decided to add it to the list of places we could potentially live someday.  But we have to see the rest of the world before we decide!

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