Lonely Planet staff on their strangest and most memorable nights abroad
Chasing albino hedgehogs around a golf course, blundering down a ski slope from 2,500 metres, meeting the Jay Gatsby of Peru – it can be dark before the dawn among Lonely Planet’s staff. We asked them to share their weirdest (PG-rated) night-time travel e
Dressed in alpaca jumpers and denim shorts, mildly inebriated and wandering the dimly lit streets of suburban Arequipa, Peru, neither I nor my friend felt we were on the cusp of a night to remember. That is, until we walked through the doors of an immaculate mansion, directly into the 18th birthday party of a Peruvian millionnaire. How we got in, I have struggled for years to recall. I do remember however, that despite our attire, we were welcomed into the party – which featured live music, champagne and professional fire-eaters dotted around a colossal garden. As the birthday boy wafted about in a dressing gown like a Latino Great Gatsby, I wondered if it was all just a feverish dream, brought about by too much ceviche. But, although the details are sketchy, I’m almost entirely certain it happened. And that, if nothing else, is the sign of a great night.