Not the worlds greatest capital city

Trip Start Sep 20, 2010
Trip End Dec 18, 2011

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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Lima isn't a very inspiring place. What was once the centre of the Spanish rule in South America is now a packed drab city.  I don’t mean to sound negative but compared to what we have seen in the rest of Peru, which we have loved, we had no desire to stay here any longer than necessary! We stayed in Miraflores, which is the posher part of the city, and although nothing amazing there is a newish shopping centre which has Starbucks, Chili’s, bookshops….enough to keep us entertained for a while.  In fact the first night we were actually in Starbucks until closing at midnight.  Rock and roll!  Donnchadh and Lucy were planning to head to Quito asap so we ventured into Central Lima the next day to go to the bus stations.  After a bit of back and forward they booked a bus for the next day – see, no longer in Lima than necessary.  We followed suit and booked a bus to Huaraz in the Cordillera mountains, for the next night. 

As we were in Central Lima we went to the Plaza de Armas to have a look around and grabbed a cheap menu del dia. It was pretty enough with bright yellow buildings, but we were more intrigued as to why as soon as we entered the plaza the whole place was evacuated by the police.  I’m sure it had nothing to do with us, but you never know! That was the extent of our sightseeing, except for Donnchadh getting a little too excited about Lima's bus lanes.  By over excited I mean he left us behind to take pictures of them on more than one occasion!  For the rest of our time in Lima all the 4 of us seemed to do was eat or drink coffee! We went back to Miraflores, and Lucy and I finally gave into Kevin and Donnchadh and played 4-way scrabble whilst drinking Starbucks.  Yes you’re right, we are unbelievably cool people.  As it was our last night together we went for a 'fancy’ dinner in Chili’s.  Roll on Chicken Wings, Fajitas and massive chocolate brownie desserts!  Peru was playing Mexico in the Copa de America so the place was packed and it was entertaining for about 5 minutes when everyone went mental at Peru’s goal, and win.  Then they all went home.  Bit of a change from Irish and English fans who would cause mayhem all night if they won a football match (apparently it was like Ireland beating France).  On the way back the boys were ahead of us but stopped after a few minutes and turned round looking at us sheepishly.  Obviously they wanted to go for a pint and were surprised for some reason when we immediately obliged.  I think our boyfriends might think we’re boring?!?  It wasn’t a mad night though.  Experience from Cusco showed us that Lucy and I probably shouldn’t do bus journeys on a hangover!

Anyway…massive thanks to Donnchadh and Lucy for making a week of our trip so much and fun, and more importantly for giving us a break from each other!!
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