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South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Lima July 8th 2014

mit einem lustigen bus fahren wir heute nach lima. mit einem bus, von dem niemand so genau sagen kann, wann er wirklich hier in paracas ankommt. so warten wir also seit sieben uhr morgens auf den versprochenen bus und das ist eigentlich gar nicht so schlimm, weil wir von vorne herein wussten, dass wir warten müssen und außerdem scheint die sonne und sehr freundliche streuner-hunde leisten uns gesellschaft. dann, nur eine gute stunde später besteigen wir unter weiterhin strahlender sonne den riesigen, schon etwas vertrauten, doppeldecker-bus. aus dem fenster sehen wir die slums um paracas. und die wollen auch gar nicht aufhören. immer weiter und weiter reihen sich die kleinen, aus schilfmatten, wellblech und allerlei müll gebauten kuben. die straßen sind dreckig. viele, noch mehr, hunde-gangs streunen durch die gassen. plastik-sackerl wehen über den asphalt. keine ... read more

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Lima June 21st 2014

There I was, back at my favorite coffee shop, after having spent a final day walking up the coast from Hanga Roa and seeing a couple more moai. I usually try to be here around 7ish or so, and for the past couple of nights blanco would see me coming and jump up, wag his tail, and grab a rock in his mouth. I'd sit down, and he'd drop the rock at my feet and back away, getting ready for my toss. Timo, the owner of the shop, would bring me my americano without me even needing to ask. I happily tossed the rock with blanco for an hour or so... and if I ever ignored him, he'd bark, or push my chair with his paw. Then the second dog came up, the one that I ... read more
Another Horse!
Ahu Tahai
Tahai

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Lima June 21st 2014

I feel like an idiot... all of those Joe's are throwing me. The dog was Joe Cocker, and the song was Hotel California, but that's Joe Walsh. Too many Joe's going around!... read more

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Lima May 20th 2014

How the heart must sink at the sight of that first photo - he may be waving a different glass at us but he still hasn´t bothered to shave - and here he comes to put us off our dinners with some more thoughts about food. Well far be it from to disappoint...so here it is...a distillation of my food experiences in Peru, although I should stress that this comes with one serious qualification - if I discount my time trekking I´ve had just about 2 weeks here. By way of comparison my food blog from Argentina represented nearly 2 months of exhaustive (and at times exhausting) research - hence, the scope and depth of my conclusions - "big portions, lots of meat". So if my comments about Argentina were half-baked these have barely seen the ... read more
#5 - Ceviche as served at Punto Azul
#6 - Lunch! Home-cut Chips, Chicherrones sandwich and Chicha.
#7 - Inkazuela - Chicken and Lamb Stew

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Lima April 12th 2014

I'm here in Peru .... I made it!! Sooo busy at the airport. It felt like every flight arrived at the same time and apparently they do! My driver Mario was there to greet me and provide a very calming influence. Thank goodness as it would have been very easy to have been swept away in the sea of people. I was wisked away to the lovely Maritza's appartment after a 30 min drive. Have posted a view from her lounge room. The flight over was pretty good and the pilot landed very well (see, I'm feeling like I can comment now that I have landed a few times lol) but it felt like10 hrs instead of 5. Most probably because I am still trying to recover from the jet lag and haven't really stopped. But, ... read more
Walking around
My sailor friends
Mira flores, Lima

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South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Lima February 20th 2014

19 February 2014 – Wednesday – Lima, Peru Walkabout Lima. San Isidro and Miraflores. We are staying in a small apartment in San Isidro, Residencial Sori, at 3060 Avienda Arequipa, one of the main through roads in Lima. It is very noisy with steady traffic all day and most of the night. We begin our day with a walk in the neighbourhood and a disappointing coffee and empanada at a local bakery. (The coffee was so poor, more milk than coffee, micro-waved but still cold, that we sent it back and asked for a bottle of water in its place.) Both San Isidro and Miraflores are residential/commercial suburbs south and nearer the coast than the historical centre. The streets are lined with lovely, well-maintained houses and apartment blocks, as well as high-rise business towers of a ... read more
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South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Lima February 11th 2014

Sunday 9th February (Odyssey Day 93) It was a lazy breakfast of bread rolls with jam today. We certainly had an easy start to the day. Ellie and I soon headed out to the San Francisco Monastery and catacombs. It only cost S/. 7 to enter this beautiful looking monastery. You do need to have a guide to take you around though and we had to wait about 10 minutes for the next group with an English speaking guide. The tour was very informative but a bit rushed. The guide was certainly enthusiastic about the place, though he seemed to speak in a whisper most of the time. Perhaps that was just his way of adding to the enthralling atmosphere of the place. In the ossuary are piles of the bones of approximately 25000 people found ... read more
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Travel Day

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Lima November 22nd 2013

I started writing this in Cusco airport waiting for Lima flight and chose title purely for alliteration. However it has proved to be horribly prophetic. Who has ever heard of an entire city of 9 m people totally banning the sale or consumption of alcohol for 48 hrs before & on the day of a major civic election? Well....you guessed it...Lima does..& it just so happens that the election is on Sunday..so no wine till Monday here! Luckily we head to Amazon tomorrow, but meantime really are drinking lemonade...yeughh! I assume they don't trust people to tick the favored box after imbibing uno coppa or dos. who knows, but I bet Pachacuchec didn't inflict that on his people. Agua Calientes was a unique place with no road access and only buses up & down mountain to ... read more
Pachacuchek
Pardon me boy...
Ollanta station

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Lima September 18th 2013

Well hello all!!!!! I have been in Peru for almost a week now and have only now gotten a chance to write about it, so yes, its been a bit crazy. Which also goes for the functions on this keyboard, so my apologies for typos and weird symbols, like this one {. So I left from Vancouver, after beeing thrown out of the car by my parents, and immediately there was something wrong with my ticket. Classic. I had not one booking. I had two. Not so classic. I immediately said I would keep both if they were right beside each other on the flights. The Air Canada guy pretended to humor me as he cancelled my dreams of riding executive class-like ever again. But he got everything sorted. I was selected to have a more ... read more
90 minutes after landing in Peru...
Saxaphones are sexy!!!!

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Lima September 14th 2013

Up around 9a.m. for breakfast and meet&greet. Yummy buffet-style choices: scrambled eggs, meat, cereals, yogurt, fruit, breads, honey, etc. Sat with Kathy (from plane) and met Lisa & Farrah. Given the options of the day - several tours were arranged (walking and bus) but the four of us opted to explore on our own. We had very few pre-conceived notions of the city and a very short list of specific things we'd heard about, so we figured that we could figure it out! First, though, I wanted to go hang-gliding (never done it and what a view from the cliffs over the ocean!) with a married couple from Chicago. Unfortunately, I had no way to meet back with my girls so decided to postpone. It worked out for the best, though, because they reported later that ... read more
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