Te gusta bailar la salsa

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

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Flag of Peru  , Lima Province,
Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Rather optimistically we arranged last night that we were gonna head out for another days exploring at 9am... It didn't happen! We sat drinking coffee and eating breakfast till almost lunch time!
Billy said he would show us old Lima today so after lunch we jumped in some taxis and headed to the other side of town. Our group had grown yet again there was around 14 of us travelling together by now and we shared a taxi with a girl who had just travelled down from Ecuador etc so it was good to hear her view on things. We were dropped off in a square surrounded by the government building and cathedrals. We were watching the changing of the guards which involves a full marching brass band, a local school copying the marching - which was much like basil fawltys in the "don't mention the war" episode- randomly the Swiss boys were big fans of this show.. You couldn't get near the gates of the government building as the police - armed with riot shields -were keeping everyone back, a local lady was making full use of a space of road, a scarf and a baseball cap and doing a very interesting dance - not sure if this was for the government, the police men or just a distraction so her friend could rob some of the tourists watching the changing of the guards, either way it was interesting to see and we didn't get robbed so all good there. Tai was then asked by a couple of local girls for a photograph the first of many photos and many moments of seeing tai squirm with embarrassment I think!
We stopped by a few other places, an old train station were wet met a very short Peruvian man with exceptional knowledge of European cities and languages, the oldest bar in Lima - where we had a lunch of avocado stuffed with mashed potato and china town where they obviously had some Amazonian tribesmen doing yet another interesting dance routines- there was lots of shimmying in very shorts rags- I wasn't sure where to look half the time and couldn't work out where this fitted with the chinese culture that surrounded us.
Matt (one of the Canadians) bought a guitar, forgot to mention in the last entry that after a few beers last night Matt got a guitar out and we all sat around singing along to classics such as wonder wall - everyone was out of time, tune and most people sang different words but to us at that moment we sounded great!
We also visited a place called the catacombs - which is basically like a graveyard where they kept bones when the ran out of space in the city graveyards, we had a tour of the building above - one of the rooms was an old library and looked exactly like it was from Harry potter! I couldnt help but say "your a wizard Harry" to who I thought was tai but he'd moved and I'd just said it to a 50year old American who looked at me very oddly and kept his distance for the rest of the tour!
Then we went underground and saw the bones - the corridors and doorways were really narrow and low but me and ingrid- an Ozzie who is actually a bit shorter than me- yay- didn't have to duck once. The graves were really erie and they had bizarrely made the decision to arrange them in a kind of star/circle design we couldn't decide how you would feel if you started work and were given the task of organising dead people into pretty patterns?!
After this was another bar then back to the hostel where we all had pasta together for dinner.
We are leaving tomorrow for huacachina and over the course of the last couple of days a few others decided they would come too so 5 of us are leaving tomorrow on a 10am bus.
After dinner and a few more drinks we hopped in taxis to go to the waterpark which apparently is right next to the dodgiest neighbourhood in Lima so just our luck the taxi full of girls gets taken to the wrong entrance and despite leaving last we couldnt find anyone else. We hung around feeling lost for a while hoping that someone would rescue us, they didn't, we were on our own and decided we would have to venture away from the safety of the armed security and walk 5minutes down the road to the other entrance. Half way there tho we were saved and not by tai who apparently couldn't b bothered to come find us but by another guy in the group! Anyway we made it and headed in to watch the water show.
The show was to music with water being squirted in different shapes and speeds over lazers to make some really cool effects... At one point they even projected a an image of some people salsa dancing onto the water- it seems they like to salsa here.
After the show we walked around the other fountains, the 2 swiss guys and one of the Americans decided to see if they could run to the centre of the fountain when it wasn't spraying water... They failed miserably and much to everyone's amusement were stuck in the fountain getting more and more wet.
Although a little touristy it was a great night and only cost £1 to get in the only cheap thing we have found since being over here!
Next stop barranco - the bohemian district of Lima to go for some more drinks, it was about midnight by this point and everyone was flagging slightly. Our taxi was quiet for a long period of time before Matt who was sat in the front piped up with a question to the taxi driver who gave him a very weird look and just turned his music up louder- Matt-slightly put out turned to us and asked if he had said it right and we didn't know what he was trying to say, so he told us, he'd asked him if he liked to salsa?! Not sure if it's the most obvious conversation to start man to man but we found it hilarious non the less!
We had to wait a little in barranco square for the others who had gone back to the hostel to dry off and there was a group of locals practicing for a circus show they were doing the next night- it seemed they needed much more practice than just one night as they precariously threw the machetties into the air and they came clanging down at our feet! We left them to it and went off in search of salsa- we found an empty rock and roll bar, it sold beer and pisco sours tho so we were happy. At around 2 we decided we should probably call it a night and headed bk to the hostel- it was the first time we'd been alone since we'd been here and the taxi dropped us off a block from our hostel and we had no idea where we were! A few minutes of driving very slowly we embarrassingly spotted our hostel about 50yards away. We definitely haven't got our bearings in Lima yet but have seen and experienced so much already.
Much love
Tai and Sarah xxx
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