Mi casa no es su casa
Trip Start Dec 17, 2011
8Trip End Feb 20, 2012
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We pass small stands with fresh bread vendors, construction workers breaking a sweat in the early morning sun and watch young kids showing off their best capoeira moves, jumping and spinning right in front of the car as we stop for the red light. I lean back and soak it all in, the pollution, the graffiti and that familiar Latin American soap smell- all in one lovely fabulous combination. And I love every second of it.
Our hostal, Inkawasi in Miraflores, is a little oasis in the concrete jungle. Beautiful pink flowers decorates the tan facade, statues of Buddha and other religious figures decorates the little patio that is guarded by a friendly canine. A shower and a three hour nap later, we are ready to explore Lima's famous culinary scene. At the moment, Lima is ranked #3 foodie capital of the world, so we have high exceptions!
I feel about average hight (!) on the streets of this clean and tidy city, and despite the incredibly creative spike-glass-electrical-covered fences that are surrounding each and every Lima residence, we get greeted by lots of beautiful smiles. As we are on Pisco time-what could be better to drink while we wait for our table at el Punto Azul, than a lovely cold Pisco Sour? This refreshing mojito-meets-margarita drink is claimed to origin in both Chile and Peru and is enjoyed all over the continent and goes well with a roasted maiz snack that is served on the side. Punto Azul lives up to it's phenomenal reputation. The ceviche was hands down the best I've ever had and well worth the one hour wait. We end the day with full bellies watching the sun set over the Pacific. A magical evening :)
That night we get shook up, literarily
With this in mind, we enjoy our last day in Lima eating amazing food, people watching over some cafe cortados at Plaza de Armas, buying exotic fruits at the street vendors, just soaking it all in. Lima might not be a pretty town on the outside, but I was touched by the warm smiles and loved the phenomenal food. Lima deserves at least a couple of days on your visit, you will not be disappointed!
Next stop: Cuzco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.
Peace, Love & Pisco Sours