Day 112 - Back to Lima

Trip Start Jun 14, 2013
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Flag of Peru  , Quintana Roo,
Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Our taxi was arranged to pick us up on the corner at 10.30am to be at the airport by 11am for a flight at 1.15. After getting up and ready to go, we said our goodbyes to our lovely little host who helped us a lot in our stay and also gave us lots of privacy, she walked us down to the corner and made sure we got our taxi. The taxi smelt like curry and took us to the airport. We checked in, during which they searched our bags which was annoying considering how hard it is to get all our stuff into our bags. We got our stuff checked in and our tickets, once again we were across the from each other in aisle seat. We didn't have to wait too long and we boarded the plane and the short hour and 15 minute flight to Lima flew by. Once we landed around 2.45 we got our stuff and headed out to find the man with the sign with my name on it which was our airport transfer I ordered from the new hostel we were staying at called The House Project in a area called Miraflores in Lima. Our drivers name was Edu, we was a lot easier to find than the last guy. He was a really nice guy and had only been learning English for 6 months but was already pretty good, it took him a while to think of the words he wanted to say, but he did a great job. He talked a lot to us asking about our time in Cusco and he couldn't believe that we stayed in La Perla when we first came to Lima, he said its a very bad place and not for tourists. He told us Miraflores is the nicest place and not dangerous at all, unlike La Perla. He asked why we stayed there? I just said it was cheap and close to the airport, we didn't get into any trouble so it was cool. On the way he drove us past the Pacific Ocean which is part of the beach area in Miraflores, it was all being worked on, building heaps of new park and car park areas along the shore. He said the part we are driving on used to be water and they build all this over the water, somehow pushing the ocean and the shoreline further out, I couldn't really understand how they did it. He also pointed out a bridge where lots of people commit suicide, which was weird and we drove past the Peruvian version of Kim Kardashian who is apparently very famous over here, I made him laugh when I said she has a big bum like Kim Kardashian, this lady was pretty unattractive. We got to the hostel and checked in, our room was a private room which was small with a double bed and bathroom, problem was the bathroom was built into the room with see through glass which gave you know privacy at all, also had a tv which was a plus. After settling in we went for a walk to check out the area. It was a really great location, right in the middle of heaps of bars and restaurants, a Starbucks and chilis on the corner, all the fast food joints up the road near Kennedy park which was a big park that we saw about 15 stray cats getting around, if Cusco is the city of stray dogs, Lima is the city of stray cats. We found a middle eastern restaurant that smelt like a really good curry, we thought we would have dinner at later. We did a bit more walking around looking at the area, just around the back of our hostel is a bar strip, when I booked the hostel they sent an email explaining a few things about the hostel one of which was the area being noisy at night so we expected there to be loud music all night, but we had our ear plugs so we should be all good. We returned to the middle eastern place for dinner, it wasn't what we expected but it was still tasty, we shared an entree of pita bread and hummus and had what was pretty much a lamb souvlaki, which had fresh salad and the lamb was cooked in a tasty curry, the lamb was a bit chewy but it was cheap and tasty and filled us up. That night we didn't do much, just hung out in our room, we had to go out into the hall way to get wifi. The music from the clubs was really loud but we managed to get to sleep ok, so it didn't worry us too much.
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