Lima's great...but don't feed the homeless

Trip Start Sep 03, 2010
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Thursday, September 16, 2010

The bus we took from Lima to Arequipa was amazing.  We paid a little extra to be on the first floor and reclining beds.  But, the amazing thing was that it had (bad) wifi.  I don't think any buses in the States have wifi.  Even though it was shoddy, we were able to sent a line or two of chat here and there and it was nice to have on a 16 hour bus ride.

On our first day (Thursday), we walked down along the park in Miraflores (a district of Lima) that had views overlooking the beach.  We stopped here and there to check out the waves and the surfers below.  Baro and I wished we had our surfboards and our wetsuits.  Supposedly there are stores that rent boards and wetsuits for $20 a day, but we didn't bother to look for them.  So, we walked about 30 minutes to Larcomar, the outdoor mall, had lunch and then just chilled the rest of the day.

The next day (Friday) was my last full day with the guys as I bought a bus ticket out of Lima for the following day.  Our first agenda item for the day was to visit a restaurant, called Sonia (www.restaurantsonia.com).  James and Baro had been talking about it the entire trip after they saw Anthony Bourdain make a stop there on his show, "No Reservations".  It was a real treat and well worth the trip and the cost.  Everything was amazing (see pictures below), but my favorite was the the Clam with Parmesan Cheese.

We weren't full around dinner time so we ended up going to a cafe called Manolo's that was known for their churros.  The only available tables were outside and so we took them.  The moment we sat down, a woman and her child started begging,  One of the waiters shooed her away and we thought that that was the end of that.  As we were finishing up, she came back.  The waiter wasn't around to move her along and we asked if she wanted some of our leftover churros.  She took it and gave it to her daughter.  And then the shiz hit the fan...

Out of nowhere, two other ladies and their kids came to our table and started poking us and begging for food.  The waiter came to our rescue only to get spit on the face and mulch from a nearby potted plant thrown at him.  I heard one of the woman telling her friend to throw the cup of chocolate at him so we helped him clear the table.  It was out of control.  We paid our bill quickly and tried to leave, but for the next few minutes, the lady we gave food to followed us, poked us, and kept asking for money.  And so goes the old saying: if you give 'em an inch, they'll ask for a mile.
 
After the churreria incident, we decided to go visit "El Circuito Magico del Agua", which ended up being a small park with a bunch of different kinds of water fountains.  Some had lights, others moved to music, and there was even a light show on water, like the one at Disneyland and CA Adventure, but not as cool.  It was chill, but definitely not the manliest thing for four guys to do. 
  
Later that night, we went to a spot to get the best anticuchos (beef heart skewers) in all of Lima.  It was madness.  There were so many people there and we didn't end up getting any because they sold out.  But no matter because here's what ended up going down...

The Last Hoorah w/ the Cool Kids.
We were going to go bar hopping to some of the bars mentioned in the Lonely Planet.  But, our first stop was our only stop because it was...how do I say?...Freakin' Fan-tas-tish.

The spot: Cafe Bar Habana (www.cafebarhabana.com)
The eats: Mondatido de Ropa Vieja
The drinks: Mojito
The smokes: Cohiba Robusto
The damage: >$200
 
We spent hours there and the guys treated me for my birthday and to send me off proper.  It was definitely one of the most memorable birthday celebrations ever.

I missed the cool kids as soon as I left for the bus station.  

It's been an awesome two weeks.
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