It was finally time for me to depart from Arequipa.
My destination was Cartagena, which was the best option for a connecting flight to New York. Originally, I’d had grand plans of how I’d get there: I could take a train through Equador, stopping at hostels along the way, or I could climb aboard a river boat in the Amazon and wind through rainforests en route to Colombia. But after all my visits and adventures preparing to leave Peru, I was now a few days behind schedule. I’d have to go straight to Lima, where I could hop a flight directly into Cartagena.
I’ve recently returned from some extensive travels over several weeks. This is why it’s been quiet on the blog for a while, but now we’re back online, and there are many new stories to share. New adventures, new friends, and of course, new pianos.
The next several posts will cover the entire journey, city by city. After departing from Arequipa in early June, I stopped in Lima, Bogotá, Medellín, Cartagena, New York, Philadelphia and Hong Kong—then returned by retracing my path.
We’re at a halfway point in our journey in this foreign land. I arrived in Peru six months ago with some ambitious goals in mind, but without a completely concrete plan on how to accomplish them. For instance, I had no idea how or if the Ambassador program would evolve. We didn’t know if we could thrive as a business with members on different continents. I knew I wanted to perform a concert somewhere in town, but where? When? How? Continue reading
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The pianos in Peru are not natives. As I pull apart, tune, and lovingly re-assemble them, I realize they’re like me—travelers from a different land. It makes me wonder how each one found its way here.
Both José Antonio Valdez and Hernando Torres-Fernández, mentioned in previous posts, told me about Anders Piano in Lima. They said the shop has been family-run for generations, and is something of an institution. Well, it seemed that if anyone could give me greater insight about the European instruments in Peru, it would be the owner of Anders Piano: Frank Anders.
Nearly two centuries ago, Sébastien Érard made a name for himself designing and manufacturing a line of exquisite pianos that would bear his name. It just so happens that one of those pianos, after 6,000 miles of travel, and 140 years making of music, led me on an adventure through the secret bookshops of Lima, Peru. Here’s how it happened.