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South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores February 16th 2016

I took another Cruz del Sur bus from Nazca to Lima, arriving at around midnight at the bus terminal nearest Miraflores. I quickly got a taxi but was stymied because there are apparently four, FOUR, Casa Andina hotels in the Miraflores area. After missing on the first stop, the second stop, Casa Andina Select, was the winner. I checked in and made it up to my very nice room. Unfortunately the hotel, while comfortable and in a good location, did not deliver based on the cost. It was by far the most expensive hotel I stayed in during my entire trip and I kept paying for things. The water was not only not complimentary, it was as expensive as those found at Machu Picchu. The internet was not only not complimentary, it was as expensive as ... read more
Fish dish from Saqra
Larcomar movie theater

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores January 22nd 2016

I had been excited and nervous about coming to South America for a month on my own. Mostly, I wanted to expand on my Spanish, but also to try something completely different. And for the first time, I was doing a long term trip on my own with no one that I was planning to meet at any time. So, yes, this is a first. I was nervous. And my dad did not help my nerves. First things first: Dad drove me to Syracuse airport to catch my flight to Atlanta then Lima. Full on, lake effect snow storm. I was a bit worried our flight would be delayed or cancelled, but if anywhere is normal in such conditions, it's Syracuse (take that NYC!). I did make my dad drop me off though so that he ... read more
Causa rellena
Lomo saltado - yum!
Lighthouse Guesthouse Miraflores

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores January 3rd 2016

It is my first night here. I’m staying at the Kokopelli hostel. Minus the heavy smell of feet and the drunkards right outside the window, who find it necessary to scream in unison every single time they take a swig, its pretty alright. I think I’m starting to feel a little queasy from the altitude, but maybe its all in my head. Actually…it is all in my head because we definitely passed ocean to get to this hostel. It was smart on my end to arrange airport pickup and drop off from hostel. I would have been too exhausted to find other means of transportation. My flight arrival was an hour delayed, so I was greeted by a bunch of eye-rolls from the driver. Just got here and I’m already making friends, yay! It might be ... read more
Plane flight to Peru
Kokopelli Complementary Breakfast
Kokopelli Supporting Local Artists

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores December 15th 2015

Well we finally made it to Lima Peru. After a one day layover we had an LA where we were able to spend some quality time with our friend Celina. And her beautiful son Noah. We arrived in Lima in the middle of the night and with my rusty Spanish as quickly as for the are taxi driver to drop it off at the grocery for a little bit of water and guess what I got all the water I can handle. He drove us near the Pacific Ocean and said hey, there's your water! So I was thoroughly chastened and ready to get better at my Spanish speaking skills. This morning we started out strong after a fitful night of rest not much sleep going into the day but we had a fantastic day. After ... read more
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South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores November 22nd 2015

Geo: -12.1229, -77.0267Today we had a drive around a couple of city districts. Included an interesting look at the Catacombs of the Church of St Francis (sadly, no photos) and the fascinating Larco Museum of Peruvian, pre-Columbian art.In three underground levels the Catacombs were used as Limas's cemetery for 250 years from 1540. 70,000 bodies were buried there until a regular cemetery was established. After a few years of organisation and restoration, the Catacombs were opened to the public in 1947. It was a welcome change from looking at ornate churches, and it was well worthwhile creeping through narrow, dimly lit corridors. Apparently there was an extensive 16thC network of tunnels under the city; it's uncertain how much of this network is still accessible.After a brief rest in our hotel we ventured forth for more exploring ... read more
Pre-Incan artefacts
Larco's erotic pottery exhibition
Lover's Park

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores November 8th 2015

Třetí den v Limě jsem se zašel podívat do historického centra. Cestou jsem konverzoval s taxikářem španělsky. Fungovalo to jen díky tomu, že se opravdu snažil mluvit jednoduše. S tím jsem se zatím moc nesetkal, místní na mě mluví buď rychlostí 200 slov za minutu nebo ukazují rukama a použijou jedno anglické slovo, popřípadě zavolají kolegu, co umí anglicky. Scéna s taxikářem byla poněkud komická, říkal slova nebo fráze španělsky a já mu je překládal do angličtiny. Přišlo mi to trochu jako soutěž jednonohých v kopání do zadku nebo jako paraolympiáda ve výuce angličtiny. Ale zdá se, že na to, aby se dva lidi domluvili, stačí dobrá vůle a pár slovíček. Centrum města mě zase tolik nenadchnulo. Ani mi nepřišlo, že by tam bylo moc turistů. Rozhodně převládali Peruánci. Asi do centra dělají výlety spíše místní, ... read more
Kopec v Dáli
Krásky a zvíře
Čestná stáž

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores November 7th 2015

Po dlouhém spánku a vydatné snídani připravené paní domu jsme se s Virginii dohodli, že půjdeme k oceánu. Rodinný taxikář prokličkoval hustou sobotní(!) dopravou a ocitli jsme se v parčíku nad srázem k oceánu. Rozhodně mně moc tichý nepřišel, vlny byly obrovský, čekali tam na ně zástupy surfařů. Podle mě se vedle sebe na ty vlny nemohli vejít, ale já tomu prd rozumím. Sešli jsme se tam s Virgininou nejlepší kamarádkou a dali jsme si oběd s výhledem na oceán. Po obědě jsem si všiml, že tam půjčují kola, nebo něco co se kolům velmi podobalo. Přehazovačky nefungovaly a řetězy neviděly olej určitě několik let, ale co, na dobrým kole můžu jezdit doma. Roztomilé bylo, že Virginie neuměla jezdit na kole. No asi to tady bude normální, cyklistů jsme potkali jen pár a v 10 miliónovém ... read more
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Příprava na velkou cestu
Socha milenců

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores November 6th 2015

Strach, že zaspím byl nakonec zbytečný. Začala mi cestovní horečka a každou hodinu jsem kontroloval budík, jestli není pozdě. Cesta do Amsterodamu proběhla bez většího vzrušení. Amsterodam je celkem fajn přehledné letiště, jen vypadá jako staveniště. Let přes oceán byla tradičně otrava, nechápu proč neumím v letadle spát, kdybych si alespoň 5-6 hodin schrupnul, tak by ten 12ti hodinový let nebyl tak zlý. Možná je to adrenalin z cesty, čert ví. Rozhodně musím pochválit KLM, cesta s nima byla fajn, usměvaví milí stevardi se skvělou angličtinou a hodně dobrého jídla. Zatím nejlepší společnost se kterou jsem letěl. Jediné co bylo protivné byla relativní zima při letu přes oceán, tak jsem byl šťastný, že mám podzimní bundu a na nohou deku. Nepříjemné překvapení byli Peruánští celníci, nečekal jsem kdo ví co, ale ... read more
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South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores July 29th 2015

Distance driven today: 2miles/3km test ride Cumulative distance driven: 10,915 miles / 17,566 km Today’s trip: Hotel garage, around a few blocks and back to the garage Funny thing happened earlier today. I went down to the hotel garage this afternoon, to remove the panniers (the aluminum boxes on the side) to prepare the bike for the tow truck that will come in the morning to take it to the dealership. I decided to try one last time to start the motorcycle; even though I had tried several times yesterday unsuccessfully. The electronics malfunction had persisted all day yesterday, and there was really no reason to believe that anything would have changed overnight. Imagine my surprise when I turned the ignition key and all systems and engine pre-check icons showed up on the display, and the ... read more
Miracles do happen after all

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores July 28th 2015

Distance driven today: 30km/19miles - in a tow truck! Cumulative distance driven: 10,915 miles / 17,566 km Today’s trip: From Lima’s Nana suburb where the bike suddenly died to our hotel As we were returning yesterday late afternoon from our ride on the world’s highest railway and road, it happened. We were driving into one of the Lima suburbs, looking forward to getting to our hotel after a very long day, when the engine suddenly died. All attempts to restart it yielded no result. It was 6pm by that time, and Zoe and I had already been on the road for the last 10 hours, and we wanted nothing more than to arrive at our hotel in Lima, take a shower and crash out in our beds. The plan was to leave Lima early today, and ... read more
Christer with the two very helpful Peruvian police officers who found us a tow truck
Finally, after almost 4 hours the tow truck came to pick up the bike
The police is watching our bike while we  have late dinner




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