Always Talk to Strangers!

Trip Start Oct 23, 2009
Trip End Nov 09, 2009

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

I'll start back where i think i left off!  The wasted day after we went back to the hostel and got ready to go back to the same club and didnt end up getting out until midnight. So we got a very late start, and this night wasn't nearly as much fun..i knew when i met the Canadians and the American girl that they werent the kind of people i'd become good friends with, i could tell right away they were the kind of people/travelers that have an air of "im better than you" and thats how they made me feel, but i thought it was better to go out with some people than none,well the Shauna girl turned out to be an absolute crazy bitch.  After we left the club we went to a sandwhich shop and some of them were drinking scotch or something passing a bottle around so aybe she was drunk..but anyway i was having a conversation with someone saying out i thought the Spanish accent in Peru and Spain sounded prettier than the Mexican Spanish accent where i live .  She butted in and seriously ripped me apart telling me i shoud shut the f up and i offended her and on and on and on.. i was like..huh? This is a white girl, irish last night, from Michigan!!! But she lived in Mexico for a year and can speak fluent Spanish and that somehow makes her Mexican? I hate drama and confrontation and said i was sorry about 3 times. It was just all so stupid and made me really upset. The group split up and Nelson kept me company and we walked around and sat and chit chatted til almost 5 in the morning. He actually understands and speaks much more English than i thought. He's a university student in Haiti studying Diplomacy and his father and uncle work for the United Nations! 10 brothers and sisters and his mother passed away 10 years ago. He's out here for 6 months just to live and learn spanish and his dad pays for his school, accomodation, trips, etc.  Sometimes it was frustrating not to be able to communicate so he'd write it down in French for me and i'd write what i want to say in English because we could both read the languages better than we can speak them.
The next day i really needed to get my new pants hemmed, i ordered them online and the arrived the day before i left but they looked so rediculous about 3 inches of fabric i was stepping on. It wa sunday so i worried about finding a place that would be open. I walked down to the main street and didnt see any steemstress places. I stopped to pet a dog ( i have to stop for almost all of them!) and the owner happend to speak English, we got to talking and this man ending up being one of the most interesting people i've ever met in my life.  His name was Alberto Hererra, I would guess he's in his 60's, i told him about my pants and he said he'd walk with me to a place, in the 40 or so minutes i spent with him i learned more than i could on any tour. We talked about so much, well i mostly listened.  He is a proffesor at the university and teaches cinematography, and will be working on film next year about slavery in Peru. He also hosts a radio show that's broadcast nationally.  He lived in the States for 10 years, he received political assylum when the country was run by a dictatoriship that didn't like people that think.  He explained to me about the history of the suburb, about the food, the much.  We went to this tiny local market and i dropped my pants off and he bought fresh vegitables and meat to prepare his lunch . We went our seperate ways and i forgot to take his picture but i am so grateful to this man for his kindness , a truely incredible experience that ill remember forever and reminds me why i travel.
There were a lot of people out because a parade was going on celebrating the anniversary of Barranco. There were lots of school kids dressed up in traditional clothing and doing traditional dancing, i found it interesting but confusing because i wasnt sure how the parade was organized or if it was at all lol.  Then went to Miraflores and booked a 3 hour bus tour around Lima. I had a couple hours to kill so i wanted to the archeological site. It's a pyramid among other structures and the area is thought to have been used for religious ceremonies and sacrifces to the god, the ocean, have been found here. Young girls , from elite familes, and it was considered an honor. The pyramid is filled in, unlike the Egyptian pyramids. It's built with adobe bricks made from mud and sea shells something else, and the stack them virtically for more flexability for earthquakes. The site is quite big but it's not even completey excavated and much of it lays burried underneath houses and buildings.
As for the bus tour i sat up on top and it was so freezing i  really didnt get much out of the tour although it was in English and Spanish i couldn't understand either.  But i got a better understanding of the layout of the city.
It was a long day and ended back at the hostel about 11, a girl named Kara was sitting on the couch and we had briefly met the night before. Shes from Atlanta on a trip here with her boyfriend for his 30th birthday. We ended up sitting there talking for 3 hours, it was like we'd been friends for years it was just that easy. I wish i met more people like that more often!  She's crazy about her dogs, so much so that she has a tatoo of them lol. In the morning after i went to pick up my pants an get some fresh juice i met up with them at the hostel and we shared a taxi to Miraflores. I had to check into my hotel that the tour had booked so i ropped my stuff off there and showed them the way to the archeological site and we went our own ways, i hope to meet up with them again but if not her sister lives in LA so it would be possible to meet up there someday.
I got a cab to Lima Centre as there were a couple of things i wanted to check out and spent a pretty good chunk of my time walkin around lost!!! Went to San Francisco church for a tour of the catacombs. It was great, a labrynth under the church its dark and piles of and piles of bones. On structure had them arranged decoratively like the ones in the Capuchin crypt i visited in Rome. The church had a collection of 400 year old paintings just hanging on the walls not behind protective climated controlled case...odd..the library was amazing...same looked like a scene from Harry Potter... hundreds of books 300 years old or so..just sitting there out on the shelves.. some deterorating before your very eyes..and 2 spiral staircases to the 2nd level.
After that i set out to find the Museum of the Spanish Inquistion which was probably about half mile away but took me about an hour to find. No more English tours, so had to walk around mysef but coulnt read anything cuz it was all in Spanish, but i  went down into the old dungeon and torture chambers. They had life size models in the old torture devises which made them extra creepy. Im dissapointed i didnt get any informtion about the inquisition in peru since there was no tour, so i will have to research that later. Some of the  basics of it, the Spanish "christians" slaughter all the natives and steal their resources and send it all back to Spain , Spain gets rich, the natives get poor, forced to give up their beliefs and have the option to convert to the invaders religion or they get murdered and maybe tortured sometimes first then killed Just a tiny bit of horrendous acts done in name of relgion.  Quite sickening.  I could write pages and pages here but its already gotten too long.
After the museum i went back to the hotel and met my roommate, Tina an Englishgirl doing an around the world, and we're the same age 5 days apart, shes really cool! We met the rest of the group all women and one couple. We went outfor  group dinner and after the night in that hotel and area i was so so grateful that i stayed in Barranco, i had a guenuine experience.. i was one of very few tourists in that area..just locals and it was great, i didnt mind people staring at me.. no one spoke english at all but thats ok i got by with the little i know. The restuarant we went to was filled with white people and the prices were 4 times as much as i have been paying.  It about killed me to pay 10 bucks for just a main meal when i got that plus appetizer and drink for the same price ! id been spending 2 bucks on a lunch..40 cents on bottled water....The people with me... one lady  s a doctor from england...another one an editor for People magazine in New York. .. an Irish couple..anyway after dinner me, Tina and the Irish couple Dierdre and Barry went for a drink but we ended up in another tourist trap and my one pisco sour cost as much as a nice dinner..eeeek! 
Thats it for now..i'm dead tired!!!
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strawberryk on

Re: history
hi natty,
thanks for all your comments! uhm the cigarettes are cheap, like 6 soles i think so maybe 3.50 or something i dontk now i havent bought them. but ive been drinking coca tea and chewed the leaves yesterday, its a an ancient custom and helps with alititude sickness. thats the plant that cocaine comes from.
the food is really good..avocado is bomb and so generous, i got half a one in that salad. it has like a vinigar dressing. also have had the best sandwiches.
i know i wished i would have taken a photo of senior hererra, i have his number but feel stupid calling.
anyway i have a ton to say and write and pictures to post so talk to ya later. love kk

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