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STAFF STORIES: Strangest night: after-dark adventures

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 experiences

PUTTIN’ ON THE RITZ IN PERU

Emily Frost Lonely Planet’s Social Communications Coordinator @frostyem

Dressed in alpaca jumpers and denim shorts, mildly inebriated and wandering the dimly lit streets of suburban Arequipa, Peru, neither 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. 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, 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.

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