Breathing at sea level is so easy!
30.03.2010 77 °F
Wendy returned to Cusco from her trek a little muddy & very tired, but in good spirits. (I would have been mighty cranky after all that trekking). We spent the following day (Palm sunday, for all you catholics, out there)at the Pisac mercado where I sampled the local chicha ( a fermented black corn brew) not bad, but I wouldn´t recommend a lot of it. The bridge to the town had been nearly washed away by the mudslides, so no vehicles were allowed, but they did let us walk accross it! I nearly was thrown in the drink by a local kid running with a hundred pound sack of potatoes. The market was lively with lots of food & local crafts.
We had a lovley good-bye dinner in Cusco with the gang & the next day wendy & I flew to Lima & David, Matteo & Judy took the train to Arequipa.
I had heard bad things about Lima so was concerned that I wouldn´t like it here, but I think it is a great city. We are in Miraflores, one of the genteel suburbs. Our hostel is in an aging colonial mansion and although it is a bit rough around the edges, with a little imagination you can see the splendor that it once was. We have one of the only private rooms with private baths and for 30 USD it is a true bargain. We also have use of the kitchen so we spent an hour or so meandering through a nearby supermarket. (I love myself a foreign grocery store). The produce, especially the fruit, is amazing.
Chifa´s, or chinese restaurants, are especially popular here, as there is a large chinese population in Lima. Many emigrated here in the early 1900´s to work on the railroad. We had a great chifa meal yesterday & plan on returning today, as well.
We have decided against travelling to Trujillo, which would have been our "beach vacation". The bus ride was too long & flying was too expensive. So we booked ourselves 3 nights at the Radisson! Ocean views, rooftop pool with bar & international cable television. I plan on power lounging; reading & swimming & drinking cerveza.
Hard to believe I´ll be home in a week; just when I get used the the traveler life it´s OVER!