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Trip Start Aug 01, 2008
Trip End Aug 16, 2008

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Friday, August 15, 2008

Hi Everyone,

     I am back in Lima safe and sound. Because there were very few buses coming from Nazca to Lima, I have decide to take the overnight bus back instead of wasting another day in Nazca( the next bus wonīt leav until 1030 am, so I will get into Lima after 700pm).  My overnight bus was no luxury bus, but I was lucky to have the two seats so I can sleep through the night. 

     I checked into Kusillus Hostal, but his time I requested for a single room.  After planning 30 minutes on my Lima trip, I am off the the Central plaza of Lima.  Lima is an old city established by the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro back in 1560īs. Still at the downtown area, lots of colonial buildings are still present. The Cathedral, Presidential palace are especially beautiful. I walked to the San francisco Monastery to see the Catacomb and some colonial architectures. The Spanish influence is very evidents with lots of Catholic paintings and architectures. The guide took us around the monastery and ended up into Catacomb. This is the first cemetery for Lima, thus all of the reamains were `placed here. Too bad photos arenīt allows. After the tour, the fatigue from the night bus caught up to me and forced me called it the day.

     On August 14,  after a long night sleep, I feel much recovered. Today on my agenda is to visit the National Museum of Peru and finish the tour of Downtown Lima. Too bad most of the National museum is under renovation, the front clerk told me its free and I can visit the 3 exhibits that are open at this time. I first visited the archeological section which displays a very interesting varieties of potteries from different cultures such as Moche, Inca, Nazca, Paracas and Wari tribes. There were alot more cultures before the Incas took over most of  SOUth America. Every culture displays it different varities of potteries. The second display I saw was Love of Papa., no its not the Pope, but  papas means Potatos in Spanish and Peru is the place where the new world crop of potatos is discovered by the Spaniard and evetually they spread around the world. It is shocking to see the number of different types of potatos are there. They have different shapes and colors some blud, purple, red and yellow, others comes in lobes while there are some coming in rod form. The potatos were the main food source for the Andeans.  The display shows how much the Peruvians love their potatos by their paintings, sculptures and other displays. The final exhibit is the brutal years for 1980 to 2000. During those 20 years, the maoist learned the Communist way and intended to start a revolution in Peru. The result is massive violence, death, and massacre. The displays were very graphic and horrific. I canīt believe a beautiful country like Peru have been through such horror in just 10 years ago.

     For the afternoon, I went back to central Lima and visited the Monetary Museum. full of historical coins since the colonial times Then the inquisition museum where the Spaniard carried crime and punishment to the new world. The punishment include water turture, hanging, chains and shacles as well as whipping. It was quite grusome. 

     I finished the day by visiting Chinatown, avenida de la Union and Plaza San Martin. I was  quite shocked about a nice size Chinatown here, although the size is no comparison to San Francisco or Los Angeles, the Chinese people are made themself known to the rest of world, especially its food. The Peruvians seems to love the Chinese food here such as shacha bao, shaomai. As I walked into a Chinese store, I find all sorts of familiar Chinese goods been sold here. I walked into a Chinese store and started chatting with the store owner in Chinese, She was quite surprised. I found out she is from Canton and has been working here for 10 + years.I told here I was from Taiwan and just visiting here in Peru. The Chinese fastfood her is called Chifa, and it is well known among the Peruvians. As I chat more with the Local Peruvians, They mentioned that always associated with Chifa, there is a Chinese owner and more than 50 % of Chinese living here are cooks. While the Japanese are into electronics and machinaries. I am happy and proud of how the Chinese people can spread themselves all over the world by introducing their food and their culture to the new environment.

     Another thing that is quite funny to me is while I was walking on the street, people keep coming up to me saying konichiwa, tomodachi, amigo etc trying to lure me to buy their products. Its funny they couldnīt tell if I am Chinese or Japanese or Korean.

    I will be spending my last day tomorrow here in Lima before I return home. Ahhh, its been fun.

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