Happy Independence Day!

Felices Fiestas Patrias, to all my Peruvian friends!

On this day in 1821, José de San Martin declared Peru's independence from Spain. Peruvians celebrate this day all throughout the month of July. Peruvian flags adorn every building, most everyone wears a small flag over their heart and my favorite- the  bag boys at the supermarket adorn festive uniforms!

It's an interesting Independence Day this year because Ollanta Humala is being sworn in as Peru's new President. He will serve Peru for the next five years and my hope is that he follows through on his campaign promises to bring Peru's economic growth to the most remote areas of the country.

Happy Independence Day, Perú! I'm off to celebrate with lomo saltado and a Pisco Sour- que rico!