wierd, I started to write this in Spanish… haha. I guess I’m actually starting to think in Spanish now. To write this in english gets harder and harder, haha. But it’s good so that I don’t forget! The swedish is even more weird, when people speak swedish around me and I don’t here it, it’s like I haven’t activated that ear, not until someone actually tells me they are Swedish I hear that they are speaking Swedish.. haha.
I’ve soon been here in Lima for a week. I’m really enjoying it here mostly because I feel calm and relaxed and I like to do nothing. The days pass by quickly even if I don’t have any particular plans… I haven’t actually seen so much of Lima. I’ve mostly been moving around here in the district of Miraflores, between the beach doing surfing and the hostal. : )
The beach of Makaja, as you see, a nice white sandy beach!
The church of San Francisco, with lot’s of doves!
I was in the city center a couple of days ago, together with a guy from Chile, nice to have company. We went to Plaza de Armas and then to the church of San Francisco and visited the catacombs here. Here the archeologists have fixed all the skeletons after they counted them, I would have wanted it to be more natural and not that organized… It’s not similar to the roman catacombs (which are really fascinating and scary). But anyhow, interesting : ) It’s approximated 25.000 people buried down there. You are not allowed to take pictures here, so I only have the picture of this postcard so you can get an image about how it looks like.
The postcard I bought, hehe. At the right you have the catacombs!
By the way, in town, after asking in 4 different restaurants if they had ANY vegetarian plate (which they didn’t) we found a vegetarian restaurant!!!! Yeeeeaaaaaahhh. So I was totally happy after that. My first meal out in Peru, after 4 days, and it was good, and cheap too, a menu for 8 soles. (about 3 USD) : )
The veggie menu! So many thing’s I’ve never heard of..
One thing I really miss here, is that no one says hi to you on the street just like that. It makes me a little sad. In the beginning I didn’t feel that welcome here.. now I’m more used to it. This is a big city. People don’t say hi if you don’t know each other.. I suppose that is normal, I just got used to being saluted to by everyone in Mexico and Ecuador.. Maybe it will change in the smaller cities, I hope so :)
Another thing about Lima: Traffic is horrible!!! The drivers are crazy and there is NO respect at all for pedestrians… if there is a pedestrian crossing with the zebra and everything, the car will never stop for the pedestrians, instead you have to wait until there is a little bigger gap between the cars that are coming and then run to the other side.
Oh, also, in the beginning of pedestrian crossing I saw a man with a stick, the ones the blind people use.. and he was standing there for quite a long time.. So I asked him if he needed help to cross, and oh he was so thankful and happy for that! I’m really glad I could help. :) It can’t be easy to be blind in this city! Or old!
I was wondering how it works for the older people, and I asked a woman today, she said that yes it’s horrible and difficult but that she waits for the red light longer down the street, then there is a bigger gap before the other side has green light, so she can cross the street.. Still way to weird. Also there are some crossings without any traffic lights or signs of who is to yield to, and there is no respect for the rule for the ones that comes at right… instead you see cars coming from both sides in the crossing, and they instead hit the gas to accelerate to be the first in the cross, so the other one has to hit the brake hard in order not to clash.. haha.
A small crossing one street from our hostal… Where the cars do a little bit as they want..
My eye is good now, I have been surfing for 3 days now… it’s sooo much fun! And so difficult!! How much time do people spend before then can surf for real?? Damn it… I need months of training! Haha.
At Playa Makaja, Miraflores. I think the city looks amazing above those hills, so futuristic somehow..
So.. yesterday I had my first night out! Haha. There was a big football game here, Chile-Peru, the classic over here, and if Peru lost this it would mean they were out of the Olympics or something, I don’t know really, but it was really important that they won…. Everyone was talking about the game! Haha. I met up with my instructor Johny and went to Flying Dog Hostal, a guy from Couchsurfing had written a post about that they were going to see the game there.. and wow, I was amazed about how big this event was!!! It was over 50 people there and there was a big projector showing the game in the courtyard.
Very good vibe, but the time started ticking… when it was like 5 minutes left of the game, it was still 0-0…. And then Peru marked their goal, and wooooow, hahahah, people got crazy!!! Sooo happy, jumping, screaming, throwing bear everywhere, laughing, crying.. haha. So yes, Peru won the game, and everybody was happy!
I started to talk to a girl who was very sweet (21 and married), and when I tell her that I’m 25, she says “Oh, I want to have kids when I’m your age” … haha, damn it I felt old! Hahaha :)
Watching the game at Flying Dog Hostal
Group picture! Some couchsurfers but mainly friends of Ricardo. He is having his goodbye party because he is leaving Peru for Poland.
Full of people outside at the Kennedy park celebrating that Peru won the game!
After the game we went out to a disco, the streets were full of people celebrating. We were around 30 people who left for the disco together and we all got in at the same time and for free, because we had these nametags on our chests, hehe. Very nice done. We danced some salsa, merengue, reggeaton and other normal music. I hate the rnb thing but I love the latino music now.. hehe. I also got the comments “Look who’s dancing! And she said she couldn’t dance!” haha. :) Anyhow, it was a great night and I had tons of fun.
At the disco!
Anthony (chile), Maribela (venezuela), Stephany (peru), me, Johny (peru), another spanish girl, and in front, Ricardo (peru).
Oh.. by the way.. the thing about people who opens up for me continues!
My surf instructor for example, told me about his wife who had cheated on him, he recently left her for that, even if they have a 9 months old son (I thought it was right though)… and another instructor I was talking to told me the opposite, that he had cheated on his wife for another girl, but that girl left him.. haha.. (I thought that was right too though)… and today, this third surfer guy started talking to me, he asks really weird questions out of the blue, very funny and unexpected guy, who also started to talk about his girlfriend and that he wants to end it with her but don’t know how to do it…he asks me “Do you eat?” and I say “Eat? Food? Yes of course… Why?” and he asks “Would you like to eat with me tomorrow?” “I don’t know, I might leave Lima tomorrow” “Ok,tonight then? I really need to speak with someone about this…” haha. How could I turn that down! Maybe I should start working as a mentor/counselor/psychologist/friend/life coach… haha.
Hm.. what else? Hm. Oh yeah, I bought my ticket to Argentina It’s less then 2 months left and I’m looking soooo much forward to it :) Leaving the 15th of may, the day after Machu Picchu, hehe.
Next post will probably be from Eco Truly Park, where I’m heading next!
The cathedral in Lima
Having some vegetarian lunch with Mattias from Chile!
A nice big wall of a house in the center of Lima!
Hm, what happened today? Haha. I log into couchsurfing and my inbox is full of people here in Lima who invites me to have a walk, coffee, drink, parties etc. Just like that! Haha.
Surfing the waves of Peru!
At the tent of Johnny Surf where I’m taking my surfing lessons! :)
Trying Pisco Sour, the typical drink of Peru! And also another drink, made of the liquid from Ceviche, which has fish in it… weeeeird.
When Peru is playing, no Peruvian misses the game… haha.
At calle las pizzas. It was full of people everywhere, every restaurant had their TV and their crowd of people inside and outside watching the game!
Dancing at the club. As you see people have name tags here, haha, everyone who had a name tag got in for free at the disco :) At this pic, there is one guy dancing at the floor, hehe.