Luxury in Lima...almost
Trip Start May 23, 2010
32Trip End Aug 31, 2010
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First impressions of Lima was that everyone we’d spoken to was right - this was not a place to stay
Okay...so this was not really the ‘proper’ Lima, but for the next couple of days we were able to relax at normal altitude (in Quito we were permanently feeling out of breath and thoroughly unfit due to being so high up...) and have some home comforts (private bathroom, hot showers, comfy bed, nice shops near by etc.). To celebrate this new found luxury we had lunch at TGI Fridays (honestly...it was the cheapest place we could find!) and then went to the cinema to see the new Matt Damon film ‘Green Zone’ in the evening (the budget even managed to stretch to popcorn!). The hostel was lovely - a nice change from the last two places where you either had American students throwing up in the shared bathrooms (a classy bunch of people) or Americans coming in at all hours shouting right outside our room. (...Am I sounding old and grumpy??...must be catching from Andy ;o)...)
Anyways, it was thus a complete surprise when Andy and I found ourselves actually wishing we had more time here. The day was both lovely and frustrating. Frustrating because we spent so long searching for a new hoodie for me with no success until right at the end of the day when I found a fab fleece in a shop yards from our hostel - typical
The day ended with us discovering the local beverage - a Pisco Sour - some alcoholic spirit which they mix with lime, sugar and egg whites. Seriously...it rivals Mojitos, which, coming from a Mojito fan such as me, is quite something! (...Girls...I’ll try to bring a bottle back so you can try it...). It was also rather strong, which probably contributed to the warm, fuzzy feeling Andy and I had when we bade our farewells to Lima.