Mira (sol and flores)

Trip Start Feb 28, 2011
Trip End Jun 01, 2011

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Monday, May 23, 2011

I got to Lima and decided to go for a walk through Miraflores, I wasn't sure where to, but I just wanted to walk.  I ended up at the Parque del Amor (Love Park) , which is on a cliff overlooking the Pacific ocean.  At this point I have now crossed over the Atlantic Ocean and was looking at the Pacific Ocean, it was a great feeling.  I was laying back on one of the curved walls which has love poems written in different languages and looking out at the ocean.  I am sure people are tired of reading these types of stories but they continue to happen to me.  I was sitting there just looking out and beautiful Peruvian-Chinese women came up and asked me where I am from.  I told her I live in Miami Beach and she laughed.  I wasn't sure why she was laughing, but it was because she lives in Orlando and is in Lima visiting her family for five weeks.  We started talking for a while and Mirasol suggested we should walk to Larco Mar to a place called Mango's, it's a restaurant about five minutes away.  We sat there at Mango's overlooking the Pacific Ocean having a few drinks.  From there Mirasol took me to El Blvd. de Barranco for a few more drinks, it’s a busy street lined with nightlife.  Somehow I managed to meet another amazing person during this journey.  Marisol grew up in Peru and was forced to move to Chile because her family thought she might be kidnapped and held for ransom.  From there she moved to Pennsylvania and then to Florida.  We both lived in Pennsylvania and Florida at the same times but met overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Lima. 

The next afternoon Mirasol met me and we went to Kennedy Park in Miraflores and took a tour of the city.  We went through Plaza San Martin and Plaza De Armas ,both are beautiful open squares in the middle of the busy city with brightly colored buildings and people everywhere.  We were able to go into Iglesia San Francisco built in 1674.  Inside the church there is an incredible library with books from the 17th century.  Unfortunately, you cannot take pictures in there, but it is an amazing place.  Then we headed down to the catacombs, which were the city’s first cemetery. There are bones everywhere.  The ceiling is about five feet high so I had to duck for about twenty-five minutes.  Inside the catacombs there are wells and at the bottom of the wells there are bones that are used to create a design, I would not want to be down there alone.  We headed back to Miraflores and had some local Peruvian food that night.  I had Aji de Gallina or chicken covered with yellow sauce on top of a potato with rice.  I had no idea the food would be so good in Peru.  

The following day I went to Museo Larco on the other side of town.  They have a collection that includes over 3000 years of Peruvian history and surrounded by beautiful gardens.  It is one of the best museums in the world.  I ended my time in Peru by walking through Miraflores eating a churro that was filled with something from another planet.  It was a combination of warm chocolate, vanilla and peanut butter.  I made my way to Kennedy Park to say goodbye to Mirasol and while I was sitting there waiting for her, I decided to walk into Iglesia Virgen Milagrosa.  Since it was Sunday night Mass was going on.  It's a huge church and must have had thousands of people inside.  There was so many people inside they were spilling out into the street.  After a few minutes I was able to make my way into the back of the church.  Everyone was standing singing in Spanish and the Catholic Priest was leading the way.  It was a kind of singing that I never heard before.  It was another indescribable moment on this journey for me.

"May the best of your todays be the worst of your tomorrows" Jay-Z, Young Forever
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