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I got a cute manicure in Arequipa [YQrtw Day 98 Jul 16] - YQtravelling
YQ does nail art

I got a cute manicure in Arequipa [YQrtw Day 98 Jul 16]

Location: Arequipa, Peru

The only time I’ve ever gotten a manicure was part of a free event by some sanitary napkin company. My nails were painted a pearly pink.

While I liked my shiny nails, I’ve never found the time or money to visit a manicurist since then.

Today, my school mate N suggested that we visit a manicurist and that the price in Arequipa is a lot lower than overseas.

We went to a little alley that led into a courtyard a few blocks away from the hostel. The manicurists in one of the shops weren’t doing much when we went in.

I chose to do a plain manicure for 10 soles but N convinced me to get something fancy. I flipped through the samples and found one that I liked.

It was a white-background with blue lines like in an exercise book and doodles. I heart it very much.

YQ gets her nail painted
YQ gets her nail painted

The cost of the nail art was 20 soles (S$10) but it felt like a lot more work than that price. There was so much preparation: filing, cuticle pushing, painting the white base, painting the lines, painting the actual doodles. (You see what a noob I am at nailcare.)

The result was awesome. It looks like I am carrying exercise books on my nails.

My nails look like an exercise book. I love them!
My nails look like an exercise book. I love them!

Maybe I should have asked them to draw on the different past tense in Spanish, that would be very useful in class.

Throughout the manicure session, I felt something like guilt. Here I was with sweaty palms and my nails being painted with art. Am I exploiting the cheap labor of Peru or is this a fair trade?

Some things are best left unsolved.

Arequipa at night
Arequipa at night

Here is a photo of Arequipa at night to distract us all.

More about Liau Yun Qing

Yun Qing is a writer, improviser and curious person. She loves finding little adventures in life. In 2013, she went on a 130-day round-the-world trip. She wrote a book to help those who also want to go on a career break.

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