There we were finally...Lima!!!
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.