Surprised by Lima
Trip Start Nov 13, 2010
91Trip End Jul 20, 2011
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The lady at the hostal let me in and gave me a great little room at the top of a tiny tiny circular staircase. That is why you need to travel light. I wouldn't have been able to get a bag any bigger than mine into this room. Grabbed a quick shower and was out the door around 8 with a bag of laundry to drop off. I was told where a laundry was but nothing was open in the little neighborhood. No signs over the doorways either so I just kept asking people and they were all really nice but together we couldn't find the laundry. The Jehovah Witness's were out in force and they were all very disappointed that their print material was only in Spanish.....darn! The laundry finally opened and I got rid of my dirty clothes and I headed to where the mist was coming from - only three blocks through some beautiful new exclusive homes and small apartments - and then I was at the malecon. and what a malecon!!! Sharon and Ed you would love this one.
As I was coming back to find the center again I tried to cross the road at a traffic circle...not easy and actually just stupid. An older man was motioning to me to show me where to cross without being squashed. He motioned to me to join him as we dodged the crazy drivers. Eventually we caught up with each other again and started chatting and walking and walking and walking through the beautiful neighborhood.. He (Leon) was trying to remember his English as it had been a long time since he had used it. I thought he was taking me to a market but somehow we ended up at his apartment - to meet his wife. His wife (Jenny) was very surprised - Leon walks the malecon every morning and I surmised he rarely brings home strangers. Leon is a very fit 84 year old retired Endocrinologist - he used to run his practice in the apartment building he took me to, and it was a real treat to spend the morning with he and Jenny. They are a beautiful couple, Jenny speaks no English but still we had a great time over lemonade. They have lived in that apartment for 50 years and it was the perfect way to let the day unfold.
By the time I made it back to pick up my laundry....ahhh, the easy way...I usually do my own.....it was already 7 pm..... a full day in Miraflores!! My little intimate Guesthouse - 5 or 6 rooms only, owned by a young British guy (Duncan) and his Peruvian wife. Duncan is a tour guide and is away a lot of the time and has found some really nice people to help him run this place. Obviously built by a traveller, for travellers. And a private room for only $15...with Breakfast!!! Big sunny interior courtyard and full kitchen to cook your own food if you are so inclined. So lovely.