Trip Start Apr 02, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Friday, July 4, 2008

When you are travelling on a budget and someone knows someone who knows someoneīs family and their willing to put you up, itīs impossible to say no.
So, when the Ramirez family (their daughter is currently studying in Melbourne Uni and is friends with Michaelīs parents) were willing to take us in during our stay in Lima, we said "yes". They collected us from Lima airport and brought us to their home in La Molina where, for the next five days we experienced the best of Peruvian hospitality!
We did lots of sightseeing in Lima. Plaza del Armas is the main square in the city centre. At 12 noon thereīs the changing of the guard at the Presidential Palace which includes a brass band and lots of flighty soldierīs legs. Also worth a mention are La Basilica Cathedral de Lima, the San Francisco Convent with Catacombs and the Museo de la Inquisicion. The Basilica Tour guide was the best while the Inquisicion Museum is free.
Rosaria, Alex, Angela, myself and Michael went to the Asociacion Cultural Brisas del Titicaca after dinner one evening which is an institution which promotes Peruvian culture. Lots of traditional music, costumes and a chance for the Peruvians and gringos to dance side by side! Guess who were the better dancers?!
Circuito Magico del Agua is a must. (4soles) Angela, Michael, Alex and I went one night, mid-week. Got drenched in fountains which are lit up and squirt water to music. One of the fountains is apparently the biggest in the world. Great fun, but we forgot the camera on what was probably the most visual event weīd been to in a long time. Typical.
We spent the next morning at the Museum of the Nation which covers three floors. One, Four and Six. The sixth floor was an exhibition by the Commission for Truth and Reconciliation based on testimonies by Peruvians who were vicitms of violence in Peru from 1980 - 2000. We found it hard to drag ourselves away.
Apart from all that we ate lots of Peruvian food and drank mucho Inka Cola (tastes like bubblegum!). Many thanks to the Ramirez family and Vicky for their hospitality. And of course Ariel the dog for the entertainment! 
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