Lima - 2nd Week, Friday

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Lima..It's Just Like America!
I had lunch with Federico and Cristina, the couple I had met at the Explorer's Club on July 4th.  He is an interior and industrial designer and she is in art and marketing.  He's working on a project to convert a room in a house in Barranco into a wine salon, or wine room.  Each student gets a room in the house.  It sounds like Top Design on Bravo.  He had found out that I worked with wine in the US and invited me to lunch to talk about his project.  We talked about many other things first and then discussed the wine room.  I had a great time and felt back in my element discussing the different aspects of the design and advising him about wine.  By the time we left I felt like I had made two really nice friends who I could talk with anytime about anything.
Lima...It's Just Like America!
  They invited me to the opening of the house project in late August and I said I'd probably be back in town by that time and that I would love to come. 

After lunch, I took a bus back to the center to see some of the things I had missed my first time through.  On the list was the museum of the Inquisition, San Francisco monestary complex and the cathedral.  Well, #1 was blocked off by police because it stands right next to the Palacio del Congresso and the protests were just trailing off.  I saw the San Francisco complex but by the time I got to the Plaza de Armas and cathedral it was closing.  So frustrating!  The monestary was really interesting.  I wasn't allowed to take pictures even without flash and that was disappointing, but it was a long tour with much to see.
Palacio del Congresso
  A beautiful wooden hand-carved choir, library wiht some of the oldest preserved books in Latin America, cloister done in Spanish ceramic tiles, refectory, sacristy, and a crypt with the remains of 25,000 religious and seculars.  The latter was filled with room after room of collections of bones and skulls and was a bit eerie. 

Grisel had invited me to dinner since we missed meeting up all week and the reservation was in a very classy restaurant named Astrid & Gaston which is a fine-dining chain with restaurants in Caracas, Bogota, Madrid and elsewhere.   Gaston is Peru's most famous chef and the food was haute-cuisine takes on traditional Peruvian food.  We started with causa, which is a yellow waxy potato mashed, and then topped with a crab and tuna mixture.
Palacio del Congresso
  It reminded me very much of the Italian antipasto vitello tonnato.  Delicious!  But even more delectable was the trio of fish tartares on crisps made from Peruvian tubers.  There was tuna (the best tuna tartare I've ever had), a whitefish and a fish roe, and the crisps were of sweet potato, potato and maybe yuca?  The tartare was absolutely incredible.  The restaurant was very pricey, even for US standards and I was worried about racking up a bill in the hundreds of soles, so we stopped there and just had a dessert which was a trio of three fruits, slices of mandarin-like oranges (chirmayo?), a gelee of guayabana fruit and a scrumptious whipped maracuya fruit between 2 thin waffle-like pieces.  Delicious!!  Grisel insisted on paying because she had invited me and because she felt bad that I wasn't feeling good in Lima.
View to Northwest
  It was a very sweet gesture on her part.  She also invited me to her family's house for dinner on Sunday and I accepted.

After dinner I met Janet to go dancing but what I didn't know was that she had planned for me a pena.  This is an evening of traditional Peruvian dances and songs with audience participation.  It was a revelation.  There were many costume changes and different groups of dancers.  The music and dances were from all over Peru, the coast, the highlands, and the jungle.  We danced in between and the MC had fun bringing different people onstage who had birthdays, or who were foreigners.  At one point, he had all the foreigners dance a traditional dance from their own country.  A Canadian woman and I were last and I was trying to figure out what he was going to play.  It turned out not to be a swing dance, but a mixture of disco and Michael Jackson.  You have to see it in the video..hilarious.  After a pitcher of pisco sours and over 3 hours of spectacle it was time to call it a night. 
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Lima..Its Just Like America!
Lima..It's Just Like America!
Lima...Its Just Like America!
Lima...It's Just Like America!
Palacio del Congresso
Palacio del Congresso
Palacio del Congresso
Palacio del Congresso
View to Northwest
View to Northwest
Kids Washing Car
Street Snacks
Street Snacks
Pork Sandwiches
Pork Sandwiches
San Francisco Facade
San Francisco Facade
San Francisco Plaza
San Francisco Plaza
San Francisco Facade
San Francisco Facade
San Francisco Nave
San Francisco Nave
Altar
Altar
Chapel
Chapel
Cloisters
Cloisters
Plaza De Armas
Plaza De Armas
Palacio
Palacio
Cathedral
Cathedral
Grisel & Andrew at Astrid & Gaston…
Grisel & Andrew at Astrid & Gasto…
Astrid & Gaston
Astrid & Gaston
Astrid & Gaston
Astrid & Gaston
Musicians in Barranco
Musicians in Barranco
La Candelaria in Barranco
La Candelaria in Barranco
Band
Band
Jungle Dance
Jungle Dance
Jungle Dance
Jungle Dance
Jungle Dancer
Jungle Dancer
Peruvian Dance (Puno area)
Peruvian Dance (Puno area)
Peruvian Dance (Puno area)
Peruvian Dance (Puno area)
Janet Dancing
Janet Dancing
Janet Dancing
Janet Dancing
Peruvian Dance
Peruvian Dance
Nationalities Represented..Im on …
Nationalities Represented..I'm on…
Pena - Janet & Liliana
Dancing - Venezuelan
Dancing - Part 16
Dancing - Part 15
Dancing - Part 14
Dancing - Part 13
Dancing - Part 12
Dancing - Part 11
Dancing - Part 10
Dancing - Part 8
Dancing - Part 7
Dancing - Mexican
Dancing - Frenchie
Dancing - Brazilian 2
Dancing - Brazilian 1
Dancing - Argentinians
Dancing - Andrew & Canadian
Dancing - Part 3
Dancing - Part 2
Dancing - Part 1
Lima
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