Jasmine`s finally here!
23.05.2009 - 27.05.2009 76 °F
At the main square in Lima:
Ok, sorry it`s been a few days, but I was in an oasis with no internet for a few days, enjoying the sun that apparently does not exist here in Lima.
I went 5 hours North by bus to La Huacachina, a small (I mean EXTREMELY small) town by Ica.
And this is the town:
Like I said, an oasis.
After staying in Lima until Saturday (a fun night out on the town with my German friend Susan and her friend Stella) I woke up and took a bus to Ica, a town recommended to me by the owner of my hostel in Lima. I go there when it was dark, so the next day when I woke up to see this as my hostel, I knew I had hit the right place.
So the town basically consisted of about 20 hostels, 1 hotel, 40 restaurants, and 1 big lake. The thing to do for fun there is sandboarding and sandbuggying, which is this:
And it was so much fun but soooooo hard! You can do it lying face down, which I did a few times, and you can also technically do it standing up, but I tried that and FACE PLANTED IT! BAD! No, I mean, I still have sand in my nose, and ears, 3 days and 3 showers later. Here was my face:
It`s kind of hard to tell, but I have sand all over it. And in my mouth. And probably in my stomach too because I`m pretty sure I ate some.
So anyway, I made a few friends there. Sarah, who likes to juggle.
That was by the OTHER pool at our hostel. Alas, I had to return to Lima to meet Jamsine, which I did on Monday.
So then we went exploring. These are of Lima, taken from Larco Mar, the main (and expensive!) shopping center in Lima:
This is taken from Lima Centro. At the top of the hill is a big cross (obv), and I think it`s dedicated to Christopher Columbus. Who knew?
This is from the catacombs in The Convent of San Fransico. There are over 200,000 people`s bones stored here, because when it was built in the 1500s, Lima was yet to have a cemetery.
Outside of the convent, there are hundreds of pigeons!
We also went to the Inquisition Museum in Lima...here`s a fun one. They also did waterboarding back then (Great idea, Bush! If it worked for the Inquisition, it`ll obviously work on the WAR ON TERROR!!!!!!!!!!!!)
Then we went to the National Museum in Lima and had a private, 2-hour tour that cost $5. For both Jasmine and me! Here are some of the artifacts held there:
And these are EARRINGS!! Haha, and only MEN wore them!
And we ended the day with a nice stroll back through Lima Centro, the moon shining...
Bueno, that`s all for now...until next time! To come: our 10 hour bus ride to Trujillo, and my first Peruvian massage!