Phew... A capital goes smoothly

Trip Start Mar 15, 2006
Trip End May 30, 2007

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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Crikey, I´ve just come to write my next update, thinking this one was done, but it appears not, so may have to make it short and sweet...

I was a bit worried when I arrived into the airport in Lima. I soon found out that they have an unusual and kind of unnerving customs system in place - before you can leave everybody has to queue up and press a button, which then much like the Harry Potter hat decides where you are to go - Green and you´re fine, Red and you´re getting searched. Now this wouldn´t usually bother me, but on the customs form I had just signed I had declared that I was bringing in no more than one camera and 5 films. Ha (I didn´t want to know the fee for 100). That was a nervous few minutes I can tell you, but thankfully the green light shone upon me and I was off.

Well thankfully it seems my worries about the capital cities having it in for me have been put aside as my time here seemed to go fairly smoothly. I only actually stayed a couple of days, one city ends up seeming a lot like another and there are things I wish to explore more. Having said that, on my first day I went exploring Miraflores, the district in which I was staying closer to the coast. Its OK, rather set up to intice the tourists away from the centre, and with more American fast food chains than I have seen anywhere. At one point though I was approached by a girl wanting to practice her English, and ended up being taken off to see Baranco, another district which was far more interesting. I also had to try the local speciality ´Ceviche´, which is raw fish marinated in lemon juice and onions, etc. This was another nerve-wracking moment, but this time for the belly! That went down fine, what didn´t was the red hot pepper that was so big I figured it was one of our regular peppers and took a big chunk out of. The worst thing was, all I had to quench my thirst was a tiny shot of Pisco Sour, and believe me it wasn´t a lot of use.

Day 2 saw me heading into the centre. My God is this place noisy and fume ridden, it doesn´t take long for the headache to come a knocking. There are some really interesting places to see though. I´m not one for going and looking round churches and museums usually, but it is turning into the main source of intrigue and a background on these new places. The Cathedral here was very impressive, but the more unusual one was the Iglesia de Santa Domingo, I´ll let you look at then pics for why!

On our last night (I say ´our´ because I met a couple of young American pilots here who I am moving on to Cusco with) the owner of the hostel, a really friendly and welcoming, big-bellied Peruvian guy, invited us to celebrate with him the 2 year anniversary of his hostel being open. Thus...crack open that Pisco!! This time it went down much better though, the original liquor mixed with Coke and a squeeze of lime. We should be able to get this stuff at home.

Typical, this isn´t turning out to be short at all. I just have to say that it turned out to be a double celebration personally, I managed to download our second to last film and see what Tim had done with it. Well congratulations dude, you made my night; and if anybody wants to see it, click here 3 Degrees
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