9 tales from Lima
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No i didnt go into hibination, get shot or have been on some epic trek for the past month away from a computer I have been stuck in LIMA! Stuck not because im totally besotted by the area more simply my credit card got swallowed and consequently I have spent the last three weeks working in a hostel bar while awaiting and new card (which never came)! Much has happened in this time as Lima is a vibrant in your face city with a new experince around every corner! So here are 9 not so short tales from my time in LIMA!
On my first foot excursion around Lima I typically ended up at the ocean and was shocked to realise that Lima isnt built on a beachy coastline but a rugged cliff-line instead! At first i was a little gutted at the prospect of no sand between my toes having spent the last month inland but the view and granduer of the surrounding area soon soothed the soul and i was skipping along the cliff like only an Aussie lad could bubbling with glee! Now there were plenty of surfers in the water but the waves were far from desirable but what caught my eye was this funny looking statue on the cliff! On closer inspection I realised it was the famous "lovers/kissing" statue I have seen on tourism doco's! It was hilarious scattered all around were random couples of all ages and creed just getting it on, YEAWWT! Tonsil hockey with the occasional wandering hand it was like an open theatre soft core porn at first i felt like a perv but honestly it is hard not to look when EVERYONE is doing it! So while i was getting freaked out by this 70 odd year old couple swapping their dentures with each other in a rather passionate embrace i notice this peruvian lad dragging (against her will it seemed) a fine lass towards the statue! Once within 20 metres WHAM BAM his tongue was darting everywhere and the chick just submitted! After the 5min ordeal they just walked off and i was like that was weird but then like 10 minutes later he returned with a different girl and it was like de ja vu, the statue has power ppl! So when people are near the statue it sends some a little crazy, and if your alone, man or woman your likely to get mauled so becareful!!!
We stayed at the Loki Hostel which is centred in the nicest part of Lima, Miraflores but is also surrounded by the notorious fast food chains.
The Best Seafood Buffet, EVER
Now I can not recommend more highly peruvian cuisiue it is exceptional, by far the best in Sth America when it comes to taste and identifying a region for it's food!! Working in a kitchen for 8 or more years i have developed a taste for good food and Corina (our local mate) knew this so decided to treat us to a seafood buffet that she claimed was better than any she had in OZ when she lived there! Now i was skeptical as buffets no matter where you are in the world are always full of little kids who for some bizarre reason have snotty running noses and smell like nappies circling around the food bays! Not to mention the parusing buffet enthusiasts (who tend to look like cows) who starve themselves all day just to feast for 3 to 5 hours until the buffet is closed or management kicks them out!! I am pleased to announce this was the best Seafood buffet ever!!! No grotty kids, food sloths or long lines principly because all the food, each dish was prepared on the spot in front of your eyes by an exceptional chef, this buffet blew my expectations! It was like having your own personal cook who would make you anything from fried octupus, cerviche, sushi to oven roasted snapper this place is amazing! I left with my button on my jeans undone, a smile on my face and this amazing lingering taste! Now if your not an ocean muncher their are awesome traditional salads, meat, chicken, desserts on offer all unique to Peru but you must try, please people, peruvian cerviche it is finger licking good as the Colonel would say!!!!
The Miraflores Flowerman
Meeting a bunch of Danish boys at the hostel i never thought id meet people with the same passion for randomly dressing up in costumes and just taking the piss mainly out of themselves! For four days straight the Viking Boys (my nickname for them) wore full length furry animal costumes (a frog, tigger, chicken and dog) for no particular reason but to have some fun! So drawing on their enthusiasm for a good laugh, I decided to take dressing up to a new level and become a flowerman at their going away party.
Teachers Gone Mad!
At schhol it was always the children misbehaving and the teacherstrying to restore order and teach the children the right way to act! Well last week this classroom philosphy went out the window in Peru, as a nation of teachers striked and went rioting throughout the country.
Brendo the BAR-BOY...
No credit card, low on funds, tax return still weeks away it was time for Brendo to get a job! WOW, not working for nearly 5 months has been unreal but starting again and real bummer! however, after my first shift as a barmen it was not bad at all. The job, the people, everthing was chilled, you work alone with noone to boss ya around and getting people plastered is kind of fun! After the first week i was known too many as the "continous happy hour specialist" pouring lethal amounts of drinks all the time (50/50 is good but i normally dealt up 60/40)!! Now being a good drunk on the otherside of the bar i was always getting people to dance on chairs, the bar generally doing crazy stuff like sucide shots, singing loudly we had a blast and I meet a lot of really cool people! Probably the highlight for me was training up Will my Aussie compodre behind the bar, together we run a muck, every night was a big party and instead of closing the bar at one we would always be open till 4 or 5 in the morning and also learning more spanish as many tend to order stuff in spanish it was great! My only downer, smokers at the bar, YOU GUYS SHOULD BE SHOT no arguments!!! So my little three week stint at the bar kept me afloat monetarily and gave me a new experience which is always good!!
Night Out @ Gotica
Obviously Lima has a pumping nightlife like all major cities in Sth America but what stands out the most was the night I went to Gotica with my best peruvian mate, Manuel!!! Walking down the stairs with electronic beats blaring in the background, insane light show darting everywhere, 2000 crazed individuals with mammoth smiles this discotek was like none I had been to whilst travelling.
STAIRS AND dRUGS dONT mIX
Finishing a shift at the bar one night i was retiring to bed only to find one of the backpackers who was early on in the evening getting plastered at my bar making funny horse noises on the stairs outside my room! At first i thought he was just drunk and flipping out so I got his friend to help me put him to bed! Returning we found him trying to get into my room, dribbling all this random nonesense and covered in a warm liquid.
Ill keep this tale short and sharp! Central Lima near the city is not great for waves unless a massive swell appears! Thus everytime i went surfing it was 50km or so South where the waves are great! Along the 20-30km stretch of coastline there you can find a wave everyday that will test your abilities in the water and the locals are friendly! However the adventure is getting there and home again in one piece the drivers are lunatics, you have to bury your belongings in the sand so they dont get stolen, watch for pickpockets on the minibuses and for a great feed check out the markets near Punta Hermosa best juices so far on tour! This you may say is not worth all the fuss but it is the South is vastly different to the big city and it actually gets sun and nice big sandy beaches!
Well they are my tales of Lima, if you have read this far you must be bored but I appreciate it if you what names of places or cool stuff to do whilst in Lima let me know hope your all well travel safe and ill catch you somewhere in this amazing place, peace!!!