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Curtains Closing on Lima, Peru

Our mini vacation in Lima, Peru is coming to a close. It was the most incredible week I’ve had in a long time. A breath of fresh air from the hustle and bustle of life in Buenos Aires. Kevin and I have been in a state of elation the entire time. 

We’re staying in a great hostel called Friends in Miraflores, a popular expat and tourist neighborhood that is a paradise in the middle of paradise. The hostel is beautiful and tranquil, the staff friendly and accommodating, and the coffee is great! There are many different markets, restaurants, beautiful parks on the coast. You can easily stop by anywhere to get incredible food. Peru has some of the best food in the world, fresh ceviche, exotic fruits and juices, heaping proportions of arroz con pollo, pollo seco, lomo salado, incredible sandwiches and street food, sweet rich pastries, and I can’t forget Inka Cola, a soda I can’t really describe properly-a mix between bubble gum and cream soda. 

Not to mention, Peruvians are great people. Everyone has been friendly and helpful with us, something we’ve only experienced in the tight circle of Argentine friends. We’ve struck up conversations with people in the markets, taxi drivers, and in the streets. They’ve all have had great stories and helped us out a lot. 

We’ve visited many different places and frequent the park on the coast everyday. It’s relaxing and beautiful at every turn, when you think it can’t get more peaceful and gorgeous- it does.We go to an open air market every morning for some serious breakfast of arroz con pollo or big bowl of soup and fresh papaya, pineapple, orange or guanabana juice. There is a large Chinese population here, and the Chinese restaurants or Chifas are delicious. We often stop by and get a jugo tamarindo (Tamarind Juice) or chicha morada (purple corn, cinnamon, clove, pineapple juice, sugar, water). Last night at the Parque de la Reserva we ate “anticuchos” or cow heart which are incredible once you stop thinking about what you’re eating, it was tender, juicy, and chewy.

We’ve been lead around the city at night by our friend of a friend, Ami. she’s been incredibly helpful and showed us the real Lima as much as she could. She recommended so many places to visit and food that we couldn’t go or eat all of it. We got to see her house, a beautifully decorated antique flat in the Lima district. 

Now our adventure is coming to a close, and we’ll be leavin’ on a jet plane tomorrow heading home for the first time in a year and 1/2. Here we go reverse culture shock! 

Peru has robbed our hearts and may well be the next place we live abroad.