Monday, July 3, 2006

So where am I going? Here's the first of five clues.

As I'm sure you've figured out by now, I have not revealed where I am going on my trip though a handful of you do know. Usually when asked the question "Where are you going?", I would just blurt out the answer but this time around, I thought I would have some fun (and hopefully, you will too) by turning this into a guessing game.

This game will be a test of your knowledge of world geography, biology and ancient history or perhaps, more accurately,

.... your ability to surf the web using Google
...... or your skills at bribing the very smart kids you have at home in to giving you the answers :-)

Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to come up with the answer to each of 5 clues. The first person to email me the correct answers to all 5 clues will receive a souvenir that I will pick up on my trip. Given where I will be, don't count on anything "fancy" for your prize!

Here's your first clue. Good luck!

Clue #1.

On days 1 and 2 of my trip, I will be in this city which was founded by a famous European conqueror on January 6, 1535 on the banks of the Rimac river. This day is still celebrated as the Epiphany, or day of the kings and therefore, this city is also known as “Ciudad de los Reyes” or “the City of Kings".

Although this is a coastal city that is shrouded in fog and clouds for most of the year, rainfall is extremely rare, averaging less than 1 inch per year. This meteorological anomaly can be attributed to the geographic location of the city.... "sandwiched" between the cold Humboldt current that flows on its west side and a mountain range on its east that blocks moisture laden air flowing from the east.

Name this city.