SOU­VENIR

Act­ing ex­ec­u­tive edi­tor Danielle Groen brings back a fluffy re­minder of Peru’s Sa­cred Val­ley.

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A suit­case-friendly al­paca from Lima.

“I hadn’t re­al­ized un­til I ar­rived in Peru how per­fectly cal­i­brated the coun­try is to all my favourite things. I en­joy a potato; here, they have 4,000 kinds. I fancy a tart, frothy cock­tail; they pi­o­neered the pisco sour. I dig a long hike in thin­ning air past snow-dipped peaks and glassy la­goons; the Sa­cred Val­ley de­liv­ers. In fact, it was on just such a hike that I sud­denly found my­self shar­ing the trail with a crowd of al­pacas, all long-lashed and blissed-out and com­i­cally adorable. And since I’m as much a fan of kitschy sou­venirs as I am cute an­i­mals, I hag­gled (poorly) for this fuzzy fel­low at a Lima mar­ket be­fore head­ing home. Now he sits on my desk, peer­ing around my com­puter, per­pet­u­ally de­lighted to come across me again.”

AROUND$8/ ENVIRON8$, MERCADOINDIO,

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