A Peruvian Welcome

I officially arrived in Lima, Peru last night at 11:50-ish (almost an hour late of course) so it was a fairly long day of travel, with some very intersting people. On the flight I sat next to a girl from Denmark who didn’t speak a word of spanish and was planning to live in Lima for a few months with her grandfather. Then behind me was this adorable 4 year old boy who talked to me almost the entire flight about how cool the clouds were (and various other things) and kept wanting me to look at his shoes. But I was having trouble sleeping so I was happy to have someone to entertain me. The best part of the flight is when we were landing and he started bouncing up and down in his seat yelling “I made it! I’m in Peru! I made it! I made it! Mama, I’m in Peru!” And everyone just looked over and smiled because that’s what we were all thinking too!

I woke up this morning thinking today would be a low key day just sitting at the hostel trying to get ready for my stay in Puerto. Apparently that wasn’t going happen. I went downstairs to use the computer (no WiFi) and all the sudden some Brazillian lady was yelling “¡La playa! ¡La Playa! ¡Vamos!” directly at me. I gave her a confused look thinking maybe she had mistaken me for someone else. Nope. She then proceeded to grab my arm and pull me toward the door. I probably should have said no and gone back inside but of course I didn’t (what can I say? I appreciate spontaneity).Once outside she introduced me to Jose and Naza, two Argentinians around my age who were also staying at the hostel. And let the adventures begin.

I would like to start this off by saying that I can BARELY speak spanish. I know just about enough to get by and that might be stretching it. So I was stuck with three people who I could barely communicate with trying to do some sight seeing around Lima, Peru which is not the safest city in the world from what I hear. And it was probably one of the best days of my life! We toured the Miraflores district and central park, barged in on a city hall meeting (Rita, the Brazillian lady, was muy loca to say the least), ate churros, walked near the beach (since we didn’t actually get to go), and went to a park filled with fountains that were lit up at night. We also watched a water and light show at the park with fountains. Think World of Color with more mariachi sounding music and not quite as cool, also not Disney. Same idea though. So Lima ended up being a lot more fun than I ever thought it would be, I am actually going to miss it!

Anyway, Puerto Maldonado here I come!

P.S. I will have pictures up in a few days, I can’t figure out how to upload them from my phone on this computer…