An intercontinental Mini Meet Up in Lima: Mike, Rowan, Romain & Yadi :)

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Mike got a cell sock for his birthday, haha. Who gave it to him???
The original plan was meeting Rowan a nice young Scottish boy for lunch. Rowan and I were in touch since he joined the site (last April). He has been traveling around South America for almost 4 months, and the trip was getting over. I was happy he chose Lima for his last stop, and even happier to be able to meet him at the end of the adventure. But the night before I met Mike, who told me he had birthday on Sunday, I was so excited about having a TB here for his Birthday!!! Yeah!!! So, I thought: why not having an Intercontinental Mini Meet Up? And to make things even better I called Romain – a local TB and good friend of mine. The plan was picking up Mike and then go for Romain (who lives just 3 blocks away from the hotel). What about Rowan? I was trying to contact him, but I guess the party was really good the night before, haha.
so sweet!!! Rowan & Yadi :)

I told Rowan and Mike – separately – they should try the Fish & Seafood in Lima, besides drinking Inca Kola, haha. So we would do it together and in one of my favorite places. It might not be the most elegant one, but they have an amazing food. Furthermore, Romain who is always claiming to be a Peruvian (so far I accepted to call him Miraflorino) hasn’t been there. Well, Yadi came to fix the situation, haha. Follow the leader. Mike, Romain and I were together. We arrived to the restaurant and what a surprise! It was packed! I took a number and we’d have to wait 20-30min to get a table. This place doesn’t take reservations. You just have to show up. We were just doing the line and chatting when I thought I heard my phone. OMG a missed call and the number was from a pay phone, so no way to call it back.

the Intercontinental Buddies: Rowan, Romain, Yadi & Mike
I said: “Rowan!”  Romain – Rowan, pretty similar, haha. I decided to hold my cell just in case it’d ring again and it did! It was Rowan! I gave him the name of the restaurant and the directions. He was just 6 blocks away, hehe. 

Rowan arrived just on time! They were calling our number #25, when I saw a tall young boy with blue eyes approaching. I didn’t need anything to recognize him. I just gave him a hug and started to talk in English, while the rest of the people were looking at us as if we were crazy, haha, who cares!

Ok, now it was time to order the food, the 4 of us were starving. I was the only one who has already been there, so the 3 boys would either thank or kill Yadi after lunch, haha.

Rowan was enjoying his choritos!
Right now they are really thankful, haha. So, the Intercontinental Meet Up officially started: we were 2 European, 1 Asian & 1 South American ;) I ordered an appetizer. Mike and Rowan were asking what was that, but Romain just said: “Trust Yadi!”

It was early for starting drinking, Rowan got Inca Kola – of course, Mike a Coca Cola, I an Inca Kola, just Romain got a beer, a malta (It made me remember Francois!) The boys really liked the “Choritos a la Chalaca”, so fresh and tasty.

The appetizer was delicious, but we were ready for the real food, haha. Rowan got the famous Cebiche. At the beginning he was concerned about eating raw fish… we explained him, the fish wasn’t raw.

wow, this is a big soup! yes, it's parihuela!
It was cooked with the lime juice. Just it case I asked the waitress, to bring the hot sauce separately. But it wasn’t hot and he ended having it, haha. Mike asked me if there were any soup I could recommend him. Sure, there is! Mike had the parihuela. It was a huge soup with fish and seafood. It looks and tastes like the New Orleans’ Gumbo ;) Back in France, Romain didn’t use to eat much rice, but since he moved to Peru he became a Rice lover and he got “Arroz con Mariscos” (Rice with seafood). I got my classic one, the bicolor Tiradito. It has a yellow pepper and a red hot pepper cream. The 4 dishes were just yummy!!!!!  

When Rowan tasted the Inca Kola for 1st time, he didn’t look very happy and I was a bit afraid if he liked it or not.

the 3 boys trying to solve the problems of the world, haha
But when he finished the 1st bottle and asked for a 2nd one I realized I made the perfect choice at first time, haha. We had a great lunch not only because of the food, but also because of the company. We were just talking about our different travel’s experiences and it was so good to see how different people ended up together having fun. I felt so happy about being able to reunite people from different continents, who are nice, cool, fun and share one passion: travel! Mike was just starting his trip, Rowan was finishing his and Romain and I were the local friends, just perfect!!!!

It was around 4pm when we left the restaurant. The eating didn’t take so long, but the chatting was endless, haha. Of course there were picture times. As good TB, we had our cameras with us, haha. The lunch was delicious and it wasn’t pricy, yay for us!  

Romain had to go back home.

OMG, it's so cheap!!!!
So we said him goodbye and I started driving with Mike and Rowan. I asked them what they’d like to do. It was so fun. I was with 2 guys who wanted to go shopping!!! My dream came true, haha!!! Mike wanted pants for the trekking and Rowan a suit. Perfect time! The biggest department stores were on sale, haha. So it was simple we drove to a department store and they both could find what they were looking for easily and everything was on sale yeah!!!! Mike was even saying I should add: Fashion Consultant to my CV, haha.

It was time to say good bye to Rowan, he had plans for later, mmm. It was so great meeting him after being in touch for so long. He was happy with his new suit and his intercontinental Mini Meet Up. I think it was his first one, and I was part of it, yeah!!!! Before leaving he said, he’d be waiting for me in Scotland, haha.

I'm so excited...
He knew I always wanted to go to the UK. I feel so lucky about being able to meet such cool people! 

It was almost 5pm and Mike asked me if I had plans. No, I didn’t have any plans + I didn’t want him to spend his birthday alone in a hotel’s room. We were talking about paragliding, so we drove there. I found the perfect spot to park and there was no line to do it, yeah!!! It was Mike’s first time doing it. He gave me his cell and some recommendations about what to do in case of an emergency. Silly, Mike, nothing will happen. Just enjoy the flight. We arrived just in time. After Mike, they canceled the flights, since the wind wasn’t enough strong. Mike took his camera and I was in charge of the departure and landing pics. I took some pics before he left.

for you Sal!!!!
I was waiting for him, the flight lasts 15min approx, when I heard his voice just behind me. What? Mike was there! What happened? Well, they should land on the beach, since the wind wasn’t helpful. Then they took a cab back to the park. Thank God nothing bad happened, haha. Well, definitely it was quite and adventure.

Anything else we were missing? Yes! The drinks for Sal and Las Vegas gang!!! Time to solve it, but before it we went to the supermarket to buy some snacks Mike might need during the trekking, haha. Then we went to a small bar/café in front of the Central Park in Miraflores. We got our drinks for our friends. The waiter who took the pics might have thought we were crazy, haha. Mike loves the sweet and couldn’t help getting a piece of chocolate cake, haha.

This is for Las Vegas gang: Melanie, RJ and Sal!
Mike ordered a Pisco Sour and I got a Chicha Sour which is a drink with Pisco but mixes it with a traditional Peruvian soft drink: Chicha Morada! Definitely it was something interesting, haha. We were just hanging out and talking about our common friends in Philippines. The similarities between our both countries are so much, wow! I hope I can go there sooner than later. Well, as we both said: world is so big, but time and money aren’t enough. Well, someday, someday. We both agreed we should include traveling together in our plans too, haha.

It was getting late and Mike had to wake up early the next morning. Before going we made a quick stop in the church and then I drove him back to the hotel. He’d be back in Lima for a long layover after the trekking in Cusco.

our last piscos. Mike had a Pisco Sour and Yadi had a Chicha Sour :)
He was just thinking about staying in the airport. No way! I’d arrange everything so we would be able to hang out during his last hours in the country. I’ll be waiting for Mike in Lima, who will succeed in the Salkantay trekking, no doubts about it ;)

yadilitta says:
yes, it was really fun and shopping is one of my fav things to do too, hehe
Posted on: Apr 20, 2010
hummingbird50 says:
wow that looked like a lot of fun...and shopping too...wow my fav thing to do :)
Posted on: Apr 20, 2010
yadilitta says:
I'm so glad you had a great time!!!
Posted on: Sep 03, 2008
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Mike got a cell sock for his birth…
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so sweet!!! Rowan & Yadi :)
so sweet!!! Rowan & Yadi :)
the Intercontinental Buddies: Rowa…
the Intercontinental Buddies: Row…
Rowan was enjoying his choritos!
Rowan was enjoying his choritos!
wow, this is a big soup! yes, its…
wow, this is a big soup! yes, it'…
the 3 boys trying to solve the pro…
the 3 boys trying to solve the pr…
OMG, its so cheap!!!!
OMG, it's so cheap!!!!
Im so excited...
I'm so excited...
for you Sal!!!!
for you Sal!!!!
This is for Las Vegas gang: Melani…
This is for Las Vegas gang: Melan…
our last piscos. Mike had a Pisco …
our last piscos. Mike had a Pisco…
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I know Yadi, I know... I'll trust…
of course! Inca Kola!!!! :P
of course! Inca Kola!!!! :P
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trying Inca Kola for 1st time, wh…
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this cuzquena is for Francois, th…
Mike and Rowan!!!!
Mike and Rowan!!!!
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the choritos were so good, no com…
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Asia, America & Europe. New frien…
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would I like the famous cebiche???
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Rowan was listening carefully to …
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with the burgundy boys!!!! Romain…
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Mmm, should I take these ones...
do they have my size???
do they have my size???
getting ready
getting ready
ok, wait for the perfect wind...
ok, wait for the perfect wind...
will I go so high???
will I go so high???
we will wait for them!
we will wait for them!
what is he saying?
what is he saying?
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yes, double check everything plea…
its starting...
it's starting...
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ok, let's go...
the groups in charge of the tandems
the groups in charge of the tandems
beautiful view of the love park
beautiful view of the love park
nice view of La Rosa Nautica
nice view of La Rosa Nautica
getting ready for our official che…
getting ready for our official ch…
This one is for you Sal!!!!
This one is for you Sal!!!!
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