Blogs from Lima, Peru, South America


South America » Peru » Lima February 26th 2015

We been on vacation! took several busses south to Paracas. Sadly, we werent being good travellers, but were acting like travellers! we pu tour bag in the overseat storage, and it was gone an hour later. Lost some good stuff, but we got over it, bought another camera, and went on. We arrived in a vicous sand storm, unusually bad for them. we had to hunker down in our hotel room both afternoons, and when it was over , near sunset, everyone was cleaning up like after a snowstorm. but sunset was great, dinner was fantastic, ceviche, seafood, and people watching on a lovely oceanside boardwalk. Trip to Islas Ballestas the next day was a treat, with very powerful boats of 35 people each. Saalions, gorgeous scenery, birds, and more birds including sealions. and we saw ... read more

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Lima February 20th 2015

Friday, February 20, 2015 Today is our last day of our wonderful Trafaglar Tour, last night in Cuzco. So sad. Unfortunately all good things to come to an end. Todd woke up at 5:00 am to work on checking school stuff and responding to email, he also type of some of the blog. Cindy and I ate breakfast at 8:00ish this morning, we needed to get back to our room to make sure our luggage is in the hall by 8:40 am. Not sure I mention this before but since we have to give up regular luggage at the Sonesta hotel on Tuesday, when arrive this hotel, Novotel Cuzco, our luggage was waiting for us at this hotel, in our assignment room on Wednesday evening. I have to admit, I was a little nervous, however Trafaglar ... read more
Cindy and I in from of the Museum Larco
Grounds at the Museum Larco

South America » Peru » Lima February 17th 2015

a few shots of our lives this month... read more

South America » Peru » Lima February 17th 2015

We have started our first project. First it was necessary to fight our way out of Lima. There are no lanes apparently, though they are clearly marked, the taxi drivers ignore them completely. I have returned to my habit of closing my eyes every time a collision seems unavoidable, and that seems to do the trick. All is well when I open them again. We left Lima and the road began to climb into the impossibly dry, dusty, rocky landscape around us. The pavement was certainly worse as we progressed, and the government has thoroughly solved the problem of speeding by using speed bumps lavishly. It’s hard to believe people can live in this arid landscape, but they do. On every horrifically unfriendly rockpile of a mountain, small wooden crates testify to people needing a place ... read more

South America » Peru » Lima February 17th 2015

okay hopefully photos... read more

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Lima February 15th 2015

Sunday, February 15, 2015 We ate breakfast around 8:30 am this morning, our actual tour did not start until 11:45 am. Breakfast was great like Saturday, there type of food was about the same, however they did not have our favorite chocolate filled pastry. Following breakfast we returned to the room. Cindy Skyped and Todd ventured out of the hotel to get water for the day. We meet our entire tour group in the hotel lobby, Novotel Lima. By 11:50 am we were boarded on the bus ready to start our tour. Each us were given name tags which I thought was a nice touch. Particularly since none of us knew each other. Our tour guide, Angel, explain several things about the Lima area. There are 53 mayors in the Lima region and one head mayor. ... read more
Family Coat of Arms - Casa Diez Conseca
Family Room - Casa Diez Conseca
A letter from JFK to the family - Casa Diez Conseca

South America » Peru » Lima February 9th 2015

Okay, we´re off. We spent a couple of days in Lima, enjoyed the cliffside walkway, and the dancing fountains at night, and recovered from the travel and then off to our first project. If we wanted culture shock, we got it! There are so many similarities to Ecuador that at first it seemed easy. We know how to negotiate the crazy traffic, about all the busses, minivans, motorcycle taxis, overstuffed vehicles. The big difference was driving into the absolute moonscape of the area surrounding Lima, complete rock, nothing growing. And people live here, complete towns in the dust, and on the hillside wooden crates that are supposed to be houses. and all of a sudden,trees, plants, birds, because there´s a river. Santa Martha itself is a coupleof huge fours story cement buildings, with more room than ... read more

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » La Molina December 26th 2014

Since I am writing this on second Christmas day I thought I could afford myself the luxury of having such a corny blog title. Merry Christmas indeed! A Merry Christmas from Lima, with family. My brother's family in this case. Christmas in Peru, but with a Swedish twist. The twist being our Christmas dinner, with some traditional Swedish dishes like Christmas ham, herring in mustard sauce, Janssons temptation (a potato dish with cream, onions and anchovies) and herring salad. A lot of fish. The Swedes love their fish, and their dill, which is in nearly every dish as well. Now talking about family, a friend of mine, this Christmas discovered, much to her horror, that her great-great-grandfather was a slave owner back in the day. Slightly unsettling perhaps, but really, it has nothing to do with ... read more

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Lima December 22nd 2014

Crossing the border from Ecuador into Peru, it may seem the barren landscape which suddenly engulfs everything around you is lifeless until the mounds of litter that pave the roads indicate there must have been life since the Incas, and that whoever lives here is not impartial to a bag of crisps and a Coca Cola. Whilst this doesn't paint the best first impression of a country notorious for its historical wonders, this spoiled exterior is almost inkeeping with its charm as almost anywhere in Peru you can blow the sand off to find ruins of a civilisation gone by, but it is a younger generation leaving their mark now. When I said you can find ruins almost anywhere in Peru, I largely meant anywhere except Mancora, where the closest remnant of a pre‐Colombian era is ... read more
El Vino

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

Tuesday morning was an early start. I had to leave the hotel before breakfast so by the time the plane took off from Santiago airport, I was starving. Of course, breakfast was served on the flight and I ended up having a nap. It was quite pleasant to wake up with only twenty minutes of the flight left. The plane landed in Lima, and without too much hassle I was on my way. One interesting point to note was that for the first time ever, my bag was on the carousel before I got there. I don’t know if that says good things about the Lima baggage handlers, or bad things about the immigration checkpoint. It didn’t seem like an overly long time though. I was picked up at the airport and we drove to my ... read more
View of the beach from Lima
Plaza San Martin
Gran Hotel Bolivar

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