27.03.2011 - 29.03.2011
*got slack with camera in Lima, i have stolen lots of friends photos, thanks guys*
Well those of us who upgraded our nightbus seats were well relieved, it was heaven compared to upstairs upright seats, and we actually got some sleep on the 12hr (ish) drive from Huanchaco to Lima overnight. I say some sleep, hence the naps later on. We got to Lima about 7am, Id heard mixed reviews about this big, old, and dangerous city so was very curious as to what we would find. Although not very excited as im not a city person and they all seem the same after youve seen one. Off the bus, and a 20 minute minibus ride to one of Lima's' main city suburbs out of downtown, called Barranco, which is a safer area, to Hostal Gemina. On the drive i got the impression this was a very big city, and one edge sits on the cliffy coast, but couldnt see the view as there was mist/fog, it was quite odd. In this room Im sharing with Meli, but unfortunately she will be leaving us and the tour after Lima. Will be sad to say bye. And to Heth who will also be leaving us for her seperate Peru trip and volunteering. We are also very curious about the new GAP group we will be meeting tomorrow, who we will be travelling with for Lima to La Paz. there will be 16 in total! what a difference. I wonder who they are?
Had a nap, then we met for lunch with our lovely tour guide Carlos who we were all going to miss dearly. Bec.M has fallen in love with his salsa 'snake-hips', Chris with his love for going out at night, me with his jollyness. Great guy. We went downtown to the heart of Lima, to a cute little cafe sandwhiched between lots of other cafes, El Parquetito, on a strip next to Parque JF Kennedy in Miraflores. I had a particularly good club sandwhich and chocolate cake.
We wandered the streets for a bit, a bookshop, a supermarket for water and bits and bobs. It was just like any other city. After another nap we all went to dinner, Carlos took us to downtown Lima just off the main Plaza San Martin which was really pretty, to a chicken franchise a bit like Nandos (but not as good at all!). But before dinner we went to what translates as The Magical Circuit of Water, one of Limas proud attractions. Its a massive park full of unique feature water fountains, some of them interactive, others posh, others lit up with colour and projections. It was pretty cool. SO many people there though.
After dinner We were all in the mood for kareoke but as it was a Sunday when we walked around to find bars everything was shut. We went to this posh hotel bar El Bolivar which claims to sell the best quality Pisco drinks in the world (probably does). I tried a yummy cocktail called Machu Picchu which had 4 layers of colour. The guys had Pisco Catedral and sours which i didnt like. We then managed to find one little dinghy pub that was open and stayed there for a few hours, drinking Sangria and practicing some Salsa. Meli's friend from Switzerland had just arrived in town and joined us. Little Heth owned a bottle of wine. Carlos serenaded us with his sweet voice. Then we went to the only nightclub open, the seediest dodgy little gay bar ive ever come accross. It was so funny. Danced lots with Ian, a creepy butch wouldnt leave Tara alone and i saved her by pretending we were together, Chris was smashed and hugging us all, Bec salsa-ing her little heart with out those magnificent boobs swinging, and Heather was chatting with and falling for a woman who she didnt realise was actually a tranny. She still doesnt believe me to this day that it was a man. Was a good night. Got home about 4am.
The next morning Meli and I were way too tired to go on the city tour that we booked for 9am, and we ignored the phone calls to our room. But at 12 the gang met to go out (except for Ian the International Man of Mystery of course who had dissapeared AGAIN. Probably gone to do another hit). We went back to Miraflores downtown and had lunch. Mine was Pescado con salsa de champignones y arroz. tasty. Then we went shopping so Tara could replace some of her stolen belongings (camera and backpack). I bought a little book on Machu Picchu and the Nazca Lines, and when we went in a music store me and Meli bought a reggaeton CD of our favourite songs whilst in Ecuador. We met the new group at 7pm, they all seemed pretty nice. There are aussies, french canadians, Danish, Brits, Irish. Our gang was all tired so we didnt join the new group for dinner as they went back into town, and i started having extremely bad diarrhea, so we just went one street away for Italian food. Alyssa came with us, Im now sharing with her, she is part of the new gap group, from London, very nice girl.
Next morning went to internet cafe, packed, then we all piled on a (private, which was nice for a change) bus ready to head south to Paracas!