A while ago I saw that Jasper was coming to Lima
and I contacted him. So we started to get in touch, but what made us closer friends was a birthday greeting and the fact his trip was coming closer. It took them more than 1 day to arrive to Lima. Their flight was really long, but finally they made it. Actually first time we talked was while they were in Quito, hahaha. It was about 8am when he called me. I didn't know who was calling me. It was a nice surprise. Jasper and his dad were coming to Peru besides to know a different country, to visit the Dutch prisoners in Callao. They were bringing some Dutch typical sweets and candies for them. And what was more important, they wanted them to feel that Dutch people don't forget about them although they were far away.
with my Dutch souvenirs,
First time he told me about that I was so impressed. OMG! How kind and nice! Jail conditions here are really really bad... and taking time to visit it was such a huge gesture of kindness!
As we agreed, Jasper gave me a call when they were at their hotel. The cab was waiting for them at the airport and drove them to the hotel. After resting for a while, they were ready to go. I met them at the hotel around 5:30pm. Jasper was sitting down at the porch. I recognized him immediately. After a big hug and 3 kisses - that's the Dutch custom - he gave me a little present from Holland, which would be really handy, hehehe. Then his father showed up and we were ready to move. So nice father and son travel together. I've done that with my mom and loved it! But before leaving there were more presents, OMG!
Jasper brought 20kg of Dutch sweets for the prisoners, but also some stuff for me, hehehe.
First dinner in Lima: Jasper, Jos & me
Something sweet to put on my bread for breakfast, Dutch drops & stroopwafels. I love this wafels so much. I commented him by email that they were something I love the most from Holland and he remembered it ;) We would have dinner, but it was still early and I thought it would be nice to show them a bit around the area before going somewhere to eat. Well, I realized I wasn't the only one crazy about taking pics. Jos, Jasper's dad, was a papparazi taking pics too, hahaha. We went to the Love Park to walk a bit and then moved to Larcomar, the mall on the cliff.
We went to a restaurant with a great view in order not only to enjoy a delicious meal, but also the view and sunset in Lima. We spent a great time. We were talking about Peru and Lima, what they can do while they are in the country.
I would help them arranging something for their time in the country. I really enjoyed meeting them and listening about their hometown and travel experiences. It's always so interesting to learn about different cultures and meet new friends.
They had a long day and were getting tired. It was a really long flight, so the night would end soon. Next morning they should wake up early and need to recover energies. We agreed we'd be in touch during the day to arrange another meeting. Welcome to Peru: J & J!