Mi casa no es su casa

Trip Start Dec 17, 2011
Trip End Feb 20, 2012

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Lima, Peru. A seemingly grim and ugly looking city clinging onto dry desert cliffs overlooking the Pacific ocean. Here, square concrete buildings dominate the city scape with an occasional brightly colored colonial home and a few modest churches dotted throughout the city. We swoosh trough Lima in a taxi from the airport to the tunes of salsa with African beats. It is hard not to sit still and my hips secretly sway from side to side on the hot cracked leather seat.

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! An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.9 at the epicenter (luckily far away towards the Brazilian border), rocked Lima and my world big time for 20 of the longest seconds ever. It is at times like these I remember how precious life is and to keep on living the life I love. How much the experience of Life means to me in comparison to material things. I mean, if you end up in a natural disaster, what do you really got? You got your experiences. That's it.

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.
Vamos Amigos!!!!
Peace, Love & Pisco Sours

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Lennart on

WOW! Micaela and Josh, I cannot wait until next entry. We are all with you, and eager to see what is round next corner...


Cathryn on

I'm glad you liked Lima. I was living there 1969 and 1971. It was a very different city then.And the restaurants were very good. Peruvians liked very much chinese food which they called "Chifarestaurant" It was a mix of Peruvian and Chines food. Good luck for the rest of your trip. You have the best ahead: Machu Pichu.
The best of South America. Merry X-mas
Cathryn Anders

mistytravels on

Que maravilloso hermosa amiga! Mera mera mera tack! Ta hand om dig och er, reser med dig nu i själ och sinne. KRAM!

swedishvagabond on

so funny but we have seen "Chifa" all over Peru AND in Ecuador! Haven't tried it yet though....

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