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Dan, Shawn, you need to come back and try this!!!!
Today was Craig's last day in Lima. Since the very beginning we agreed I'd show him around, not the touristy stuff but MY Lima, hahaha. And so we did. I know how much he likes graffitis, so I thought that the perfect spot to find cool ones would be Barranco - the bohemian area of Lima. Last couple of days were a bit cool and foggy, but today was gorgeous, really sunny! 

I was working during the morning and picked him up around noon at his hostel. Then we drove to Barranco. We parked at the main square and started to walk around looking for graffitis. He was thirsty and wanted to get a cold Inca Kola.
love the walls, but Craig couldn't find his flag (Australia)
So we went to an old store and we found something he really liked a lot and I'm sure Dan & Shawn would love too: Inca Kola Ice Cream!!!! hahaha. It was like a child who got a new toy, hahaha.

We started to walk around, met another tourist, went into an art gallery - so bad he was leaving that night, the Lima's Art Week was starting that same night - and finally we realized we've been walking quite a lot. We were just chatting and the day was so beautiful, that we didn't notice it until we got hungry, hahaha. We both were thinking about cebiche and a friend who lives in Barranco told me about one small place, he really likes. I couldn't believe I have never been there, so this was the perfect opportunity to try it. Small detail, I didn't know where it was located, but I started to ask the people, hahaha.
eating like a local, yay!
Again, Craig was an attraction and everyone was saying hi, hahaha.

Finally we arrived to the restaurant. It was in a corner. It's a small restaurant but with a great atmosphere. It reminded me an old restaurant and had the walls covered with flags and old pictures and magazines. The owner might love football aka soccer and / or Maradona, hahaha. People who come here are usually looking not only for good food, but also for a charming atmosphere. The waiter came and we ordered our cebiches. They were huge and so fresh!!! Yummy!!! They gave us the complimentary evil corn and something not so common: "sarandaja" this is not common in Lima, but it's common in the north. We started to take some pics and enjoyed a really good meal, while we were talking about Craig's further plans. He might go to the Amazon while he's going to the north.
we weren't supposed to be here. He's a bad influence...
.. so many ideas... anyway, we'd be in touch, so I could help him giving some tips.

I haven't noticed that, but there was a man at the door who was staring at us. He was selling some plants and when we were  leaving he approach to us in order to offer them. I told him no thanks, but he was pushy - in a good way though. He started to give us lower prices. Craig felt sorry for this man and got a plant. Now it's at my house and I promised him to keep it alive and take pics, hahaha. Usually, what you see in Barranco is the main square, point view and sighs bridge, but we didn't do just it. We went to the point view, but also walked under and went to the other point view closer to the beach. In our way back to the square in order to take the regular steps, we took other road and discovered cool graffitis and ended up in a street I didn't know - or at least I thought I didn't.
what are you looking at?
Until I recognized my friends' apartment building, hahaha.

This area is so laid back and charming, no complains about getting lost here, :P We even went into an abandon property. The house was really old and the door was partially open, so... why not? hahaha. Went to the square and we were done... where to go now? Well, I told Craig that at some point I have to go back home to pick up a jacket. It might get cooler later. But in our way, I showed him the old part of Surco and later the new one. There's a part where you can see how big is the contrast between people in Lima. It's incredible that at your left you'll see wealthy and cool houses and at your right you'll see poor ones... I have never driven into that area, just saw them from far away, but Craig convinced me to do it this time.
Gunther's lamb will take care of it :P
Ok, I had a body guard, but deal was the minute I felt unsafe I'd make a U-turn and drive back to my bubble... It wasn't that bad, just the roads were awful!

Back to my safe bubble... we went to my house and while I was getting change, Craig was playing with Gunther. Ok, now we were ready to leave. It was time for him to wear warm clothes too, so we drove to his hostel and he also grabbed his bag. We'd hang around until it was time for him to leave. My idea was to show him around the business area, since he had to catch the bus there, but there was a change of plans...

I wanted Craig to taste the pisco at the pisco place, but they open at 7:30 and he had to be at the station at 8pm :( After doing some bus' snack shopping, we went to the Huaca Pucllana - a pyramid in Miraflores.
who belong all these piscos???
Craig visited it during the day and I wanted him to see it at night. The lights are awesome! So, why not going into that fancy restaurant next to it? There was an event going on. I thought they were waiting for us, lol. We wouldn't have dinner, but have one pisco at the nice bar, with the great view! So we did. We ordered a couple of piscos and toasted for a safe travel and new friends! We didn't stay there for long, since we had to go to the station. Oh! It was sad saying good bye. I had so much fun showing MY Lima. Well, Craig would be around the country for a while and probably come back in a few months since he's missing Machu Picchu. So, we might meet again in Lima or maybe while he's looking for the perfect surf. I guess this adventure hasn't ended YET!
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Dan, Shawn, you need to come back …
Dan, Shawn, you need to come back…
love the walls, but Craig couldnt…
love the walls, but Craig couldn'…
eating like a local, yay!
eating like a local, yay!
we werent supposed to be here. He…
we weren't supposed to be here. H…
what are you looking at?
what are you looking at?
Gunthers lamb will take care of i…
Gunther's lamb will take care of …
who belong all these piscos???
who belong all these piscos???
proud of his Inca Kola ice cream, …
proud of his Inca Kola ice cream,…
taking pics, hahaha
taking pics, hahaha
nice atmosphere
nice atmosphere
of course, the beer
of course, the beer
having a fresh and tasty lunch
having a fresh and tasty lunch
tasty and fresh cebich
tasty and fresh cebich
at Barranco...
at Barranco...
awwww
awwww
my cedron - heard you can make a g…
my cedron - heard you can make a …
hahaha, the plant we got, hahaha
hahaha, the plant we got, hahaha
Aguaymanto sour - it has pisco, ta…
Aguaymanto sour - it has pisco, t…
with our piscos :)
with our piscos :)
view from the bar, awesome!
view from the bar, awesome!
driving back home...
driving back home...
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