Peru is Good
Trip Start Oct 22, 2005
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With no plans to do much in Lima we just wandered around town and wondered why there were so many people out on the streets. Walking to the Plaza de Armas we negotiated our way through about 40 police officers, half of them in riot gear. Cool! A riot! But no there was no riot, they were there as crowd control for the thousands of people that were at the Catedral de Lima to celebrate the Battle of Angamos, an important struggle in the War of the Pacific where the Peruvian ironclad Huáscar was surrounded and captured by the Chilean Navy. We finally also got our washing done. You have no idea what it's like to have clean clothes that don't smell skanky!
As we were going to come back to Lima sometime next month we wanted to get moving and head to Ica. After a bit of a walk we found the bus station and eventually discovered that buses to Ica leave every six minutes. Yes every six minutes; that's a lot of buses, we decided to just show up the next day and jump on the next available bus.
After Europe we're a little bit museumed-out so we just walked around soaking up the Peruvian culture in town. We had heard about the catacombs at the Monasterio de San Francisco and as it was right across the road from the hostel figured it would be worthwhile checking out. Joining a tour we had a great insight into the monks and the work they preformed there. Unfortunately our Spanish is not very good so we understood about 1% of the guide's animated tour. He had no idea we didn't understand anything as both of us listened intently, nodding our heads in appreciation of his vivid descriptions. In the monastery you couldn't take photos, but imagine being under an old church, in dimly lit caverns, looking around and seeing piles and piles of bones. Heaps of stacked femurs and skulls, some lovingly arranged in circles. Creeeepy!