I’ve been in Peru for a little over 48 hours now and I could not be happier that I am here! I guess this is a really good thing since I will be staying here for quite a while longer!
Not going to lie, at first I was not the biggest fan of Lima. I’d read about the gloomy weather, pollution and congestion and I honestly just expected to take a few pics of the classic coastline and be on my way. But after the past two days, I have a real appreciation for Lima and it’s been a really pleasant introduction to Peruvian culture!
My top 5 favorite things about Lima are:
As most cities tend to be, Lima is split into a bunch of different neighborhoods. Duh. I’m staying in the Miraflores hood which is very nice, don’t get me wrong. The LarcoMar (where I witnessed the seizure incident) and the Parque Kennedy with all the stray cats are two awesome parts of Miraflores. But if I were to live in Lima, I’d want to live in the Barranco neighborhood. It was described to us as the “bohemian” district and it’s a cute, artsy neighborhood with old school charm and lots of character. It almost seems European with the cobblestone streets. Definitely the highlight of Lima for me.
Bike Tour of Lima:
Cannot rave enough about this. It was honestly one of the coolest things I’ve done in my life. It was so interesting to see Lima from a bike and ride on the streets & sidewalks. We covered a lot of ground & got to see so much. I loved it and might need to go on a bike tour of every new city I go to from here on out.http://www.biketoursoflima.com/
This is a Peruvian cooking class that the owner runs off the rooftop of his condo. I don’t know how to cook and I made this:
It was easy to follow and the chef and his translator were super nice and helpful. Sky Kitchen gave me hope that maybe one day I can make something delicous like this on my own.
El Parque de Amor:
Lima has tons of cute parques but my fav was this one. It’s right on the ocean. The huge sculpture is pretty self-explanatory and the tiled walls surrounding it are really vibrant and cool. A park like this would most likely be deemed inappropriate in the States so I appreciate the Peruvians respect and openness towards Amor.
These really are way more impressive in person than they are in pictures. Lima looks so scenic perched on top of these cliffs and it really is amazing how they built this city right up to the edge of the ocean on these things. Granted, I’d prefer to not be here if and when there is an earthquake but the cliffs truly are breathtaking!
Runner-up: The Orange Juice (not pictured): the OJ here is out.of.this.world. It has a little bit of papaya and mango in there but it’s not so much that it doesn’t still taste like OJ. It’s super fresh and I feel like I could literally talk about it for a solid half an hour. Truly phenomenal.
I’m headed to Arequipa tomorrow & start my work at the orphanage on Monday. I’m really excited about it! After only 48 hours in Peru, I’m pretty obsessed with it already! But I don’t want to get too cocky or jinx myself.