Lima - 2nd Week, Friday
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July 13th, 2007 – by: Belluomo
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.
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.
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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