From the Miraflores district of Lima, Peru ...
We didn't have to get up until 7:00am today, but I think now we're just in the habit of waking up very early. So we got up around 6:00am and went downstairs to have breakfast in the hotel cafe. The breakfast is very different here, and I can't say I'm crazy about it, but it's not bad. For instance, they serve cold cereal with yogurt ... at least that's what it looks like to me only a little thinner.
After breakfast, Charlie and I decided to go back to the market where I purchased some things on Sunday. A couple going in said that it would be open at 8:00am (if my Spanish serves me correctly), but we waited until about 8:20am and it still was not open, so we headed back to our hotel.
I am also including some photos that I took last night of Cuzco that were taken after dinner as we walked back to our hotel.
The challenge today is that the buses and taxis are supposed to be on strike. They are protesting the government's attempt to regulate how much they can charge their customers. So we weren't sure we were going to be able to get a ride back to the airport. Fortunately, the hotel owners agreed to shuttle us back to the airport in their van for which we were very grateful.
The plane trip back to Lima proved to be even more stunning than the trip on Sunday. There were lots of beautiful desert views and better views of the Andes mountains. I noticed a couple people on the flight reading books or sleeping through the entire trip which just blows my mind. How could you not be glued to the windows of that plane?! Oh well, to each his own, I guess.
Yanin's father picked us up at the airport, and we all went to their house for a visit. This was the first time we had visited their home. They live in a very nice area of Lima which is not "quite" as congested as some other parts of the city. Their neighborhood would be considered upscale, and the homes have high walls and electric fences for security. Their garage door is a pretty heavy wooden door with a dark stain. Once inside the walls, they have a very nice yard in the front with a good size grassy area and beautiful rose bushes all around the perimeter. Their home is very warm and attractive.
It was good to see Yanin's parents, Mirtha and Abad, again and to also meet her brother and sister. We had a very nice visit. We also got to meet Chuck and Yanin's new puppy, Pucho for the first time (our "grand-dog"). Let me explain about Pucho's name. Pucho is a brown dachshund, aka weiner dog, and "pucho" in Spanish means cigarette. Chuck came up with that name as only Chuck could! The name fits though. Pucho is very energetic and enjoyed getting to know us as well. He would jump up on the sofa where were sitting and stand on his legs up against Charlie's back.
Later in the afternoon Chuck dropped us off at our hotel in Miraflores. Finally we got to see Miraflores in the daylight. We were glad to get back and get settled in somewhere for a few days. The hotel is very nice and spacious. Another odd thing they do here is that whenever you leave your hotel, you drop your room key off at the front desk. Makes me feel like I'm in an old western or something!
Ok, now pardon my crudeness, but here's an update on the toilet paper situation. There are no signs regarding the flushing of toilet paper in our hotel in Lima, so ... we're flushing! But don't tell anyone. :-)
For dinner, Charlie and I walked down to the area where a lot of restaurants are near Parque Kennedy. We ate a place called Cafe Cafe which offered tapas. We shared some brushetta, tequenos (fried wontons filled with cheese with a guacamole dip), and fried calamari. It was all very tasty. We also had two cervezas (beer) and two mokachinos (iced coffees)for dessert, and our bill was around $20 US. Cafe Cafe is in a great people watching spot, and we sat at the window enjoying all the action. Believe me, there is lots of action going on in this city.
It was a little intimidating walking in the traffic here as the drivers are crazy, and the pedestrians obviously have no right of way. After a while, we got used to it though.
We were in bed pretty early tonight and easily fell asleep.