Billy, ox hearts and a tongue as long as an arm!

Trip Start Oct 01, 2012
Trip End Oct 01, 2015

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Flag of Peru  , Lima Province,
Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Arriving at Lima station at 6am and feeling very tired Sarah was taking the advice that many people had given her to be careful to heart. Personally I think if that a guy at an airport has a board with your names on he's usually the guy you're meant to meet, at first Sarah was not convinced, however when I went with the guy Sarah had no other option but to follow. This taxi driver was clearly a retired rally driver and desired to race his friend to the hostel, whilst buying news papers from people running along the side of the road, constantly on the phone and making sure that darude sandstorm was playing loud enough on the stereo for all the traffic to enjoy it! We made it to the hostel in record time! On arriving we were unable to get to our room because check in wasn't till 1pm - it was 7:30 in the morning, they did let us have some breakfast and coffee, which was greatly appreciated. This is when we met billy, a transcontinental man who we think worked at the hostel. After managing to get into our room and shower we met a random mix of people who had also arrived the same morning as us or late the night before. Billy offered to show us around miraflores, the nicer part of Lima and conveniently where our hostel was located. After 3 coffees and feeling even more anxious than when we first met our taxi driver we headed off on our guided tour! There was 7 of us in total, 3 English, 2 Canadians and 2 Swiss guys. We all were given maps- none of us looked at them once - and began to follow billy to all the sights nearby. First stop the coast. Miraflores is set high up on top of some cliffs, it's always overcast in Lima apparently because of the mist that comes in from the sea. With the mist and the waves crashing against the shore beneath us made a pretty spectacular coastline. We passed lots of people exercising- some more than others, one guy was using shoes as weights... Not sure how pumped we would be at the end of his work out!
Along the coast was love park which had a BIG statue in the middle of 2 people passionately kissing. This seemed to inspire lots of couples to do the same thing. This made sarah feel very awkward.
There was a little hut selling Peruvian Cornish pasties and I got my first chance to practise my Spanish!
Next stop a shopping centre built into the side of the cliff which seemed to be falling away around it. The shopping centre could of been anywhere in the world with lots of chain restaurants, shops and a bowling alley. We didn't hang around long and headed off towards the centre of town, stopping on route for sandwiches, churros and tabacco - all from the best shops in miraflores (apparently)
We then headed to a local food market which sold loads of different types of fruit, then we rounded a corner to the meat section- not sure if fridges have been invented here yet as all kinds of parts of animals were just laid out on the counters. This included brains, lungs, a tongue as long as an arm and heart (which I would get to sample later). After this we headed back to the hostel, stopping off at some local ruins on the way which were over 1300 years old!
Back at the hostel we all sat down and had some beers. Billy then offered to make us a BBQ with ox heart, and vegetables for the people who didn't want it. We were chatting with people at the table about different words people use in the uk and america which mean the same, the topic of stag and hen parties came up, in canada its stag and stagette and usa is bachelor and bachelorette, and the swiss guys told us that there word for stag means the burying of the young boys life!! Our group grew over the evening 2 more Americans another Brit and an Ozzie joined us and we realised we had definitely made the right choice picking this hostel. Sarah was even beginning to look calm again rather than a rabbit caught in the headlights!
After this we headed to a local night club, which was very similar to a small night club back home except everyone was salsaing all over the dance floor- the girls especially were very enthusiastic with their moves After not sleeping for about two days, walking all over Lima and salsaing the night away we were very happy to find the beds in our room and pass out.
Bye for now
Tai and Sarah
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Debbie on

Hi Tai & Sarah,
sorry for sending you a message berating you for not putting any details on your blog, it turns out that I wasn't looking on the right place on the right hand side of the blog! haha but Nat showed me where you leave the messages etc - lots of details etc, it's lovely to know you're having a good time. Things are pretty normal here, Dad's back from France tomorrow, he left saying he couldn't wait to be there & then has been ringing up everyday because he's bored & has no one to talk to! Hope you keep having a great time, it's great reading about your adventures, love Mum / Deb x

Harriet on

Hi Sarah and Tai,

I miss you!! Tai - I can't believe you ate Ox heart...what an adventure it sounds like you two are having! Sarah, did you try some of the Ox Kebab???

I've favourited your blog and will keep checking back to find out how you are doing - London is grey, cold and dark so you're adding the colour to my day!!!

Muchos besos,

Harriet xxxx

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