Deepest, darkest Peru

Trip Start May 27, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Where I stayed
Kusillus Hostal, Miraflores, Lima.
What I did
Explored,drank a lot of coffee.

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Sunday, May 29, 2011

So after 24 hours of airports and planes, (Iberia Airways is a bit meh, if I'm honest), we arrived in Lima - Peru's capital city.

The drive from the airport was "energetic". Our taxi driver was quite subdued, but had to have his wits about him, because more than anywhere I've been (Egyptian drivers & Italian scooter boys included) the Peruvians drive like mentiles. Its kill or be killed, using your horn as an indication that you don't want someone to sideswipe you off the road and into a ditch.

Our hostel, Kusillus, is bang smack in the middle of Miraflores, the cosmopolitan centre of Lima. Surrounding it there is a bank, pharmacy, a supermerkat and lots of posh shops. Our room is their matrimonial suite (shhh, we're not married), its basic and clean  - it has an ensuite and a cable telly.

Lima itself is not a thing of beauty, but has a lot of lovely things going for it. Namely, the people and the food. Before I came here I obviously read blogs / the Lonely Planet guide etc and they all sang the praises of the food. I didn't believe them. I am too stubborn to believe that anywhere has great food apart from Italy and Thailand. But the cuisine in Miraflores is a bit of everything, fusion I suppose, and it tastes lovely - care is taken with the flavours and the sandwiches are massive.

The people are also friendly - which is unusual for a Cap city - we actually get smiled at when we're talking to people (take a tip, Parisians). When we were sat in the park next to those stone tables with the chess boards painted on them, we met a friendly guy called Javier, who, seeing us scouring the Lonely Planet, asked us about our travels and recommended lots of places to eat (and buy hooky copies of software :) in Lima. He even invited Trevor to play football with him and his mates today, but I think Trevor, who plays about once every seven years, was a bit reluctant to play football with a group of South Americans - I know naff-all about football but I know they aren't half bad at the beautiful game all told.

Now the politics bit... written by someone who learns about politics from Radio 1´s Newsbeat, so bear with me. Basically there are two people running for the elections on the 5th June. One is Humala, a very left-wing socialist (s'pose they all are innit?) who some Peruvians are worried is like the Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez (ie. likes the poor, not so keen on the rich). And Fujimori, the right-wing candidate, who is the daughter of a former president who is now residing in jail after some Human Rights Violations, I think he was a bit of a git really. If she gets elected its believed she´ll give him a pardon for release. To sum up the Peruvian's political dilemma, its like choosing between ¨Cancer and Aids¨. Makes Cameron and Clegg a bit more palatable.

So, after being all Cosmopolitan in the City, we´re off to Ica on Tuesday to try sandboarding... which sounds like a travel insurance claim in the making.

Kay, toodles amigos.

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Derek on

Glad to see you've arrived s&s.
Have to tried Ceviche yet? or Pisco sours?
Trev - It's considered impolite to turn down a Peruvian offer of football at any time, so best to get out there ;-)

Stevie B on

You lucky so and so's. Agree with Dereck on the Pisco's superdelicious and strong as hell. Same goes with the Fanny.

Caroline on

I'm going to start a facebook fan page for things with the word 'fanny' in. We'll add our picture of Bar Fanny from Barcelona too ;)

trevfi on

Tried the Pisco Sour and its really nice. We have a free one available today at the hotel but trevor is currently sleeping during the afternoon ... I may go and claim a cocktail on my own like the independant traveller I am!!

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