Aug 17, 2013
The plaza de armas was first stop
. It has churches and a palace similar to Buckingham where they have a changing of the guards ceremony everyday. We took some photos with the guards and their guns and cell phones. Yep! Caught a guard texting on the job! They say texting and driving is bad, this guy had a high powered rifle and was completely oblivious to the world around him.
A few hundred metres up the road we encountered this super sketchy looking guy, who had a monkey dressed up like Santa clause. Mono, cinco soles! I get to hold a monkey for the equivalent of $1.50? Done. This thing probably had rabies but it was the coolest thing ever. Lima is beautiful, it is really modern in parts but parts are really old and pretty. We went out for dinner back at the Larcomar at a new restaurant which was nice, then went to watch Quien son Los millers? (Who are the millers). The movie was in English with terribly translated Spanish subtitles so the jokes didn't really translate... The movie was made 20x more funny when we were wetting our pants to jokes that not one other person in the cinema understood. Oh the joys of being a natural English speaker in western culture. After nearly pissing my pants about 100 times we caught a taxi back and went to bed
Jenny needed a yellow fever vaccination so we went searching through Lima for a foreign clinic that looked clean and legitimate. We tried a little one nearby but got sent to another clinic because they weren't certified by the world health organisation to be giving yellow fever vaccines. The clinic we found was super nice and clean and the shot took nothing longer than 10 minutes from time of entry to departure. We went to get some truffles from this little French chocolatier, expecting 6 truffles to be like $20... nope, 6 soles; the equivalent of $2. needless to say we bought a hell of a lot more. After the clinic and chocolate we caught a taxi to the centre of Lima after negotiating with about 7 cabs and watching a hit and run. When we neared central lima we realized why we had to negotiate so hard. The people here drive worse than Perth drivers!