My 24 hour layover to Lima
19.11.2011 - 21.11.2011
Arriving in Lima was not nearly as confusing as Chile, thank god. And the best part, no taxes! It was a nice night, cool breeze and low humidity, although it was humid enough for my hair to do strange things. The bus ride to the hotel took us through a few different classes it seemed. Very poor, very rich, and middle class. There was one road along the coast that really intrigued me. Reminded me of Malibu beach in California, with a nice restaurant on the pier. As we made our way up to the hotel, you could see the Ocean with the moon light gleaming. It was beautimus. We arrived around 10pm. Lima is not necessarily a place I want to go out and explore at night. One of those places you would rather just hang out at the hotel bar. I believe day time activities are much safer for exploring! So we went up to the top floor and had a few Pisco sours before retiring to bed. Pisco sours are saweeetttt!
Next day we woke up and did what we came to do. Shop. We took a cab about 20 minutes away to arrive at an outdoor/indoor mall called “the blue market.” which ironically, has a very bad paint job of blue on the cement walls that surround it. Lol. This is a place where a lot of goods are sold. Lots of electronics, expensive brands, pirated movies, collector action figures, phone accessories, toys, hats, basically whatever you can think of. There are infinite amounts of vendors and Peruvian people all around trying to get you to buy their products. We go to get Lacoste and Polo shirts for people back home and ourselves. They give really good prices that you cant beat in the states! And even if they are boot leg, they look and fit the exact same way! Anyway, after we spent about 3 hours of scrummaging around the blue market, a phone cover, 200$ worth of clothes, hats, and belts later, we head upstairs to grab a bite to eat. And let me tell you, just like the ladies and men that fight over your business with Merchandice, they do the same thing with restaurant choice. You will have about 3 or four people giving you suggestions of what to eat. The way I handle situations like that is walking away So i can decide for myself! First of all, it’s my belly and I want to look at pictures to see what looks the best to put in it!! This country is so pushy. I know they are trying to make money whatever way they can, but sometimes I wish being American didn’t mean— “rush
The Americans!” sell sell sell!!! I just want to experience it like a Peruvian lol. Speaking fluent Spanish would probably help a lot, right? Anyway, the food is great. I’m Latin, so I am happy with the style they have. We got 2 thin steaks, rice, salad, and some sweet bananas for $5! That’s a deal doll! We scarfed that down and headed back to the hotel. Afterall, it’s only a 24 hour layover! Crunch time. Side note: Ladies on the streets have boiled quail eggs for sale. Just a little snack! No thankyou! Thank god I had my mom to guide us back. She’s way better at Spanish than I am. We caught a cab back to the other side of town, and hit up the Indian market. This market was more artsy and not as crowded. It was the home made Peruvian souvenirs that people go to to buy the authenticity of the city. We bought a few cute things for my nephew and looked around. Got him a really cute duck hat, they say it’s the new “in” thing for babies.
I just looked around for a minute because if we were there any longer I would have made bad choices and bought everything. One cool thing about Latin countries and I’m sure in a lot of countries as well but don’t see them as often, is the fact that there are a lot of people who play instruments such as the flute, guitar, bongos, on the streets. They have no other way to make money I’m sure, but it makes for a good feel while you tour the city and puts a smile on your face. Kind of like a Venice, Califonia vibe. This one guy was playing the theme song to Titanic on the flutes while we shopped at the Indian market. Jack and rose always inspired me. On the way back to the hotel I saw things like men in sombreros and capes, small candy stands with a man hidden inside, cool architecture, ice cream bikes ( not trucks) schools, restaurants, poverty, music, lots of things happening. Our day was filled with move move move. So the first thing when we got back I did was take a nap, take a shower and then we headed to the airport to come home!