Deepest, darkest Peru
Trip Start May 27, 2011
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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
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.