A few months back my friend Weronika who I met in Japan, invited me to come to Peru with her after finding super cheap tickets. I arrived in Lima without a place to stay but just assumed things would work out. on the plane I met two Slovakians who had a third friend who backed out so I took his place in the taxi and in the hostal. Along the coast in the Miraflores district of Lima there is a big shopping center and an outdoor food court that looks over the Pacific Ocean.
There are tons of old Volkswagen Beetles and Transporters everywhere.
Public transport in Lima is colorful. apparently one destination is “Callao” in Spain Spanish that would mean shutup.
Some public art in Parque 9 Julio. one banner reads, “when I cant play I get bored”. the whole exhibition was dealing with children and education.
My Slovak friends Norberto and Darina.
Just leaving Lima begins a dusty, dune filled environment, Paralleling the coast.
Around 6 we opened the curtains to mystic, foggy mountains. I get carsick easily so I asked for Dramamine before the trip. The Peruvian version is Gravitol. It worked so well i was able to work on my laptop through the windy mountain roads with out once feeling dizzy.
I checked into our hostal and took it easy, feeling light headed from being at 3,500 meters above sea level [11,500ft]. later I was in the shower when i heard someone yelling my name, it was Weronika who I hadn’t seen since June of last year when we met in Poland . Cuzco’s Main Square is Plaza de Armas, like the main bus station back in Sevilla. next to the Peruvian flag is the Cuzquenyo flag, A rainbow flag of horizontal stripes.
In some plaza we stumbled across some sort of street fair where people were playing Foosball and a few other games. One of them was some sort of gambling game where you could throw a coin on a big gridded board, where each square represented a money amount.
Ther following day we switched hostals for something cheaper. Our hostal located on this dirt road cost us 12.5 soles each for a twin room. one sol is about 40 USA Cents, so like 5 bucks a night. then we went to the market and i risked my stomach to eat a super cheap but delicious and filling lunch. for 3.5 soles I ate vegetable soup, rice, salad, lentils and potato meat stew and a glass of tea.
In the market you can find every part of many animals for sale. these look like donkey snouts. Gonna have to look up a recipe and give them a try.
The view from our hostal’s kitchen, looking over Cuzco.
At night we went to the Templo de Sol [Temple of the Sun] we were really lucky and caught part of a Ceramony.