Lima - Wednesday, July 18th
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No improvement on the stomach ailment on Wednesday except that I didn´t need to use the facilities, just the pain in the stomach (forgot that other side effect from the antibiotic. You can forgive me since the instructions were closely typed 2 pages) and headache. I had agreed to meet Danice in the Plaza de Armas in the center of Lima to see the Cathedral and I didn't want to back out. I had been waiting to see it for over a week and a half now. The ride into the center just exacerbated my headache. The traffic was terrible and at several points the bus just sat there through several changes of lights with the constant background of shouts, honking horns and chaos that has become normal here.
The cathedral was marvelous. We had a Spanish-speaking guide who led us through the chapels, crypt, chapter room, little museum and sacristy. Some of the highlights were the chapel with Francisco Pizarro´s remains (he was stabbed to death and then decapitated by traitorous generals in a power grab), the altar to the Virgin of the Rosary, later changed to the Virgin of the Missions by Pope John Paul II because of the efficacy of the wooden statue in conversions in early colonial Peru, and the altar dedicated to the second bishop of Peru and only native Peruvian saint apart from St.
After some late lunch that didn´t go down so well, except for the delicious fresh salad with corn, beets, avocado, lettuce, radishes and cucumber, I headed back home and spent the rest of the evening catching up with my blog and then read and went to bed early.