Trip Start Mar 08, 2005
Trip End Mar 29, 2005

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Wednesday, March 9, 2005

I had seen lots of tourism photos of Peru. It's interesting how they never included any shots of Lima. Wonder why?

Lima is an interesting place. It has its bad parts of town, and it has its worse parts of town. I arrived at 1 a.m. and was glad that Bev and the guy from the hostel were there to pick me up. This cost the same as a cab and was a touch safer. That night we stayed in our hostel/compound and caught up on Bev's last few weeks in South America. The next day we saw all Lima has to offer. Then after lunch we went to see about a bus out of town.

Actually, Lima Centro has a nice area around the Parque Central. There are lots of police and the buildings are gorgeous. Plus, I got to see a guy in tank. Check out the pictures. So the park was nice. And we went to a cathedral that has some relatively cool catacombs. Underground, skeletons, etc. etc. But it really didn't take long to see and do all we wanted to in Lima.

We found a bus to Pisco, bought our tickets for the next morning, and went back to the hotel to clean up - Lima is hot, dirty, and choked with smog. Lovely.

So we hit the town that night to celebrate my birthday. We went to Miraflores, which is a suburb of Lima. Itīs a much nicer area and has some great parks along the coast. This is the modern area of Lima - shiny buildings, nice cars, malls, the works. Very first world.

We walked around trying to find a restaurant that my guidebook suggested. It was supposed to have an amazing view of the coastline. Well, our cabby hadn't ever eaten there before so he dropped us off 16 blocks away. But we did catch the sunset on the ocean and it was fantastic. If pollution is good for one thing it's sunsets. It's why El Paso is almost pretty sometimes.

So we walked to coastline and found that our restaurant no longer existed. But we found a really posh area of restaurants which was also a pedestrian district. We had an amazing meal. We were promised free Sangria, which turned out to be warm MD 20/20. I didn't quite finish it. But the food was fantastic. I had filet mignon for $8 or so. Then we hit another bar and had a couple of yards (a beer - 3 feet tall) because I wanted to re-live days at the News in Juarez. Then we hit another bar and drank giant beers, etc., etc. So I woke up next to this Peruvian guy...

Jokes. Just jokes. We didn't hit it too hard because we had to catch our bus to get the hell out of Lima at 10 a.m. And so we did. Off to Pisco.
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