We missed you Janett!!!
Trip Start Apr 30, 2007
6Trip End May 09, 2007
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My mom and I received a warm welcome from my sister-in-law Janett and her family at Lima's Jorge Chavez International Airport. We were very excited to see her after such a long time! Right away we made our way towards Janett's Tio Teodoro's house where we would be staying for the next two days. At Tio Teodoro's house we checked in with Gabe on Skype. Skype is becoming an increasingly popular way to keep in contact with people across the world. It's like instant messaging, with a web cam! Anyhow, we ended up going to sleep by 2a.m.
In the morning, we had a chance to meet and briefly chat with more of Janett's family. By 10a.m., we hit the road and began our day of sightseeing in Lima. Our first stop was the area known as Plaza de Armas. The plaza is smack in the center of Lima. As we were walking, we noticed a commotion a distance across from us. We then realized that a procession for La Virgen de Chapi was taking place. As this is a national holiday, the streets were lined with masses of people. We stood along the street and experienced the sorrowful sounds of the band. According to Janett, the somber music sets the mood for the people paying homage to the Virgen de Chapi and the sacrifices that she made. Along side La Virgen de Chapi were Sahumadora's who carry incense and members of the hermandad (brotherhood) who carry the "anda".
After witnessing the procession, we made our way to the church of San Francisco de Asis. There, we had the great fortune of watching numerous "groupos folkloricos". These groups were part of the annual celebration of La Virgen de Chapi. We couldn't get enough of the vibrantly decorated costumes and the energy that emanated from the bands. One by one, we walked by each of the groups. I was awestruck.
After our time at el centro, we had lunch at La Rosa Nautica restaurant which overlooks the sea. Then, we went to the area known as Larcomar where I indulged in a latte @ Starbucks. Ahhh....
Towards the evening, we went to Barranco, Lima's traditionally bohemian region where culture and charm permeates. Janett and I walked the "Bridge of Sighs" which was built in 1876 to join Ayacucho and La Ermita streets. According to tradition, anyone who makes a wish and crosses the bridge for the first time without taking a breath will have his wish granted. You never know? It doesn't hurt to try! After the bridge walking, we witnessed an artist working to create a piece using spray paint. The crowd couldn't believe its eyes as they watched the man use various techniques to create his masterpiece. Then, he sold raffle ticket to the crowd and guess who had the winning number?? JANETT!
After visiting Barranco, we picked up some dinner and made our way back home. What a day!