There we were finally...Lima!!!

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At Yadi's place.

Lima...we were suddenly here. After hours and hours of flying with several airlines our plane was finally rolling towards the arrival gate of the Lima International airport. We all felt happy about it, even if the weather outside didn’t look that inviting. It looked...sort of grey. At least it didn’t seem to be cold.

Anyway, if our luggage will be on the belt between all the others we would be more then satisfied. Starting our trip without our big backpacks would be pretty harsh. Why was I negative? It has never happed to me so far, I’ve been a pretty lucky traveller.

Marian’s backpack appeared couple of minutes later, a good sign.

Yadi in her (travbuddy) office...at home.
..the others followed soon as well. Perfect. Next to the belts everybody who arrived was supposed to push a button. If the green light went on everything was fine and the passenger could pass without further control. The whole system was biased on coincidence, not because some people were suspicious and others not. Guess which colour appeared when I pushed that damned button. Of course red. I was given a sign to pass to the left where an officer was already waiting and asked me to open my small backpack. In that moment I heard the voices of Marian and Pavel shouting and laughing and when I turned round I could see Dan who was coming with his luggage to me and pretended to open his backpack as well. The point was...when he pushed the button the light that came was green. But obviously he didn’t realize how the system worked and just followed me, hahaha. Looked like he wanted a volontary check of his stuff, hahaha.

My check was done quickly and soon we could step out into the arriving hall.

Travbuddy Yadi has helped me a lot with the planning of this trip and she was also the one who called a taxi service and ordered us a taxi to the airport. Picking up one from the taxis outside could have been a bit risky as she meant. When we entered the arrival hall there was a crowd of taxi drivers waiting for potentional custommers. I honestly assume there were more taxi drivers then people waiting for their friends or relatives.

Wouldn’t be that easy to find our driver. Each of us looked in a different direction when Pavel suddenly heard one taxi driver saying my name. There he was, not the friendliest looking taxi driver ever, but if he will bring us to our destination I didn’t mind.

Couple of minutes later our taxi left the airport area and got into Lima’s massive traffic.

Yadi took us out for a great lunch - "cebiche".
Loads of cars, noise, smog. Actually I was used to it already thanks to the 4 years of my childhood I spent in Colombia. I asked the driver in Spanish if he knew where we were supposed to go and he nodded. The way to Yadi’s place took us about half hour, would have been quicker but our taxi driver knew just approximatly where to go. When we reached the area he had to call some collegue to tell him the exact direction. We were cruising around until suddenly a guardian on a motorcycle leaded us directly to the right street. Well, Lima is a huge city and obviously it wasn’t that easy to orientate here.

While my friens were still taking stuff out of the taxi I rang the bell of Yadi’s house. Her voice asked through the microphone who’s there and I said in Spanish that it would be me, Martin.

Why did we come directly to Yadi’s place? Well, our plan was to take the overnight bus to Ayacucho the same day of our arrival.

Inca Kola is a must, haha.
Between noon and our departure we had enough time to get a first taste of Lima and to meet with Yadi and some other travbuddies. But where could we leave our big backpacks meanwhile? This was one of the questions we had to solve before the trip. It was then when Yadi suggested to leave them at her place while we were out.

 

Yadi appeared at the door and I gave her a big hug. It’s sort of strange to meet somebody for the first time in real with whom I’ve been chatting through travbuddy already for a whole year. On one hand you know the person quite well in a certain way...on the other hand it’s a complete stranger actually. Hahaha, no, actually not. Yadi was like an old friend whom I haven’t seen for a long time.

Yadi organized me a vegetarian cebiche. :-)
I introduced her the others, unfortunatly Marian was the only one who wasn’t able to communicate at all. Neither in English nor in Spanish. Anyway, we wouldn’t let him down and would translate whenever necessary.

We paid the taxi driver the 40 soles (Dan withdrew some money from the ATM at the airport)           

and went into Yadi’s house. She works mainly from home and she asked us to leave our backpacks in her office. Honestly, the office looked like an altar for travbuddy, hahaha.

Marian enjoying his cebiche.
There were on all walls photos from travbuddies she met during the last year. Either she should stop meeting travbuddies or move soon to a bigger office, hahaha. While we prepared to go out I realized that my camera was missing. Damn...where could I‘ve left it? Airport? Taxi? I remembered that I took some papers out of my small backpack while we were in. Maybe the camera fell out. Oh no...and this on the beginning of the trip. Yadi noticed my nervosity so I told her the reason. She gave me a sign to calm down, cought the phone and called the taxi service. The taxi drive couldn’t have got far...and I was right. 5 minutes later he was back with my camera in his hand. Uffff...that was close. At least Dan was happy as it’s usually him who loses or forgets things somewhere.

At that moment Yadi’s dad arrived. It must have been a pretty big shock for him to see 4 big backpacks on the floor and 4 unknown guys in his house.

Pre-Inca remainings...
But he reacted in a cool way and just said hello. If I have a daughter one day and get into the same situation I should remember this moment, hahaha.

I wanted to meet another meanwhile famous TB member...Yadi’s dog Gunther. I’ve read about him, saw pictures of him, now it was time to meet him in person...in animal...however.

Yadi had to laugh when I expressed my wish and leaded me into a small patio. Gunther was really hyperactive, he seemed to like visitors a lot. Of course he didn’t miss the chance to say hello to each one of us. Gunther, the TB dog, my pleasure. 

It was time to leave slowly. Yadi took us by car first to an exchange office to get some Peruvian soles and then to a shopping store.

Pre-Inca remainings...
..no, not for the usual shopping. To buy the tickets for our night bus to Ayacucho. Inside of the store on the second floor was a little desk where you could buy these sort of tickets. Hmmm...interesting. And a bit unusual.

We got our tickets and returned to Yadi’s car, it was time to get some food into our empty stomachs. There is nothing worth in my eyes then to go a McDonalds, Pizza Hut, KFC or to similar fast food places if you visit a country for the first time. My travel compagnions fully agreed with me, we wanted to try something local, something peruvian. Yadi had the right place for us...a fish and seafood place where we could try one of the best peruvian dishes – „cebiche“. The name of the restaurant was „La Isla Escondida“, the hidden island. It was really not easy to find.

To be honest I’m not a fan of fish or seafood at all, but pshhht.

Pre-Inca remainings...
Yadi ordered for me a special cebiche, one with mushrooms. The restaurant was really nice and a great place to start our South American „gourmet tour“. One of our gourmet discoveries (OK, that’s pretty exagerated in this case) was the famous „Inca Cola“. A yellow sof drink which is in Peru more popular then Coca Cola. And our new addiction...we loved it.

After a good lunch Yadi drove us to Miraflores, one of the main districts of central Lima. There we were supposed to meet with some other fellow travbuddies: Michael from Germany and the peruvian girls Jenny and Cinthia. We saw them already from the car waiting but parking in Lima isn’t the easiest thing. Somehow we managed and could suddenly say hello.

Yadi had something to do, so Jenny and Cinthia were the ones who took us to our following spot.

..the Pre-Inca ruins „Huaca Pucllana“. When we arrived there by taxi the last guided tour has just started 10 minutes before. As visitors weren’t allowed to enter independently, they actually didn’t want to let us in. Actually...suddenly our girls managed to convince them and we were leaded to the last group which didn’t mind to have a couple of members more.

Our next destination was „El parque del amor“ by the coast, a park which was a popular meeting place for couples. That corresponded all the park „items“, like walls, benches or a huge statue of a kissing couple. As it was getting dark we ended up in a nearby restaurant where we took some drinks. Meanwhile Yadi joined us again and we had some chatting by our first peruvian beer, „la cusqueňa“. The girls wanted us to try „pisco“, but we were a little bit concerned about how our stomachs would react during the long night bus ride.

Aeeehh, no comment, hehe.
We promissed to get some piscos after our return to Lima.

The first day in Lima wouldn’t have been complete without a short visit to „Taita“ in Miraflores, Yadi’s favourite pub. The owner should honestly pay her some commission for bringing every time visitors, hehe.

It was getting time to say goodbye. Yadi drove us back to her place where we picked up our stuff and took the taxi Yadi called. It came almost late, but suddenly the right car appeared.

We said goodbye to Yadi and Gunther, we would see each other in 3 weeks again. At the bus terminal of the company „Cruz del sur“ (which is supposed to be the best bus company in Peru) we found quickly our bus and checked in our big backpacks.
Marian, Dan, me, Cinthia, Pavel, Jenny and Michael.
Few minutes after we entered the bus me and most of the others fell asleep on the comfortable seats. It has been a wonderfull but damn long day.
Dave81 says:
wow, what a day :-)
Posted on: Mar 01, 2009
yadilitta says:
So many great memories!!! I loved to have you here, guys!!!
Posted on: Jan 10, 2009
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At Yadis place.
At Yadi's place.
Yadi in her (travbuddy) office...a…
Yadi in her (travbuddy) office...…
Yadi took us out for a great lunch…
Yadi took us out for a great lunc…
Inca Kola is a must, haha.
Inca Kola is a must, haha.
Yadi organized me a vegetarian ceb…
Yadi organized me a vegetarian ce…
Marian enjoying his cebiche.
Marian enjoying his cebiche.
Pre-Inca remainings...
Pre-Inca remainings...
Pre-Inca remainings...
Pre-Inca remainings...
Pre-Inca remainings...
Pre-Inca remainings...
Aeeehh, no comment, hehe.
Aeeehh, no comment, hehe.
Marian, Dan, me, Cinthia, Pavel, J…
Marian, Dan, me, Cinthia, Pavel, …
By the coast.
By the coast.
By the coast.
By the coast.
In the parque del amor. Dan doin…
In the "parque del amor". Dan doi…
Pavel.
Pavel.
Me...
Me...
In the parque del amor.
In the "parque del amor".
In the parque del amor.
In the "parque del amor".
By the coast.
By the coast.
Travbuddy Michael, Marian and Dan.
Travbuddy Michael, Marian and Dan.
Yadi taking a picture of Dan drink…
Yadi taking a picture of Dan drin…
Cusquena, the local beer.
Cusquena, the local beer.
Michael, Jenny and me.
Michael, Jenny and me.
Me with Yadi - picture from Marian.
Me with Yadi - picture from Marian.
Me, Yadi and Marian.
Me, Yadi and Marian.
Cinthia with Pavel.
Cinthia with Pavel.
Our travelling gang.
Our travelling gang.
Our gang with Yadi - picture from …
Our gang with Yadi - picture from…
In Tayta - picture from Marian.
In Tayta - picture from Marian.
In Tayta - picture from Marian.
In Tayta - picture from Marian.
Nightview of Lima, Miraflores.
Nightview of Lima, Miraflores.
Me with the famous Gunther.
Me with the famous Gunther.
He loves to play...
He loves to play...
What are you saying?
What are you saying?
Lima
photo by: rsvpme