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Monday
Nov052012

Miraflores

I cannot believe the last time that I posted was August 21st!  I'm so sorry!  I could try to make all kinds of excuses, such as traveling, foot surgery, spending time with my niece, or beach time, but I don't think that it would be fair of me.  I don't have a proper excuse.  I've just been busy.

Michael and I spent two weeks in Miraflores, Lima Peru. Lucky Michael, he got to play while I worked.  He went on several fabulous tours and explored the city on his own - a 6'4'' man can feel extremely safe in Peru!  We both fell in love with the area and the people.  The hotel we stayed in sat on the cliffs and we often wound up eating dinner at a local Mira-Flores restaurant overlooking the South Pacific.  Needless to say, the views were phenomenal.  Oh and one night we had dinner at Huaca Pucllana - it's a restaurant that was built into the side of a pyramid.  The pyramid was lit-up for the evening and we had knock-out views!  Literally, we had a rope at the side of the table preventing us from walking on the pyramid which was built 1,500 years ago.  So cool!!

The food was awesome too.  I think that I ate Ceviche 10 times out of the fourteen dinners that I had.  Not to mention the Cherimoya, Lomo Saltado and the wonderful, dreamy Alfajores.  I fell hard for the Cherimoya fruit.  I ate it every morning for breakfast and seriously considered smuggling seeds back into the U.S.  (I took them out of my luggage at the last minute).  Alfajores are sandwich cookies: they have two crispy, not too sweet cookies and a filling of dulce de leche - extreme fabulousness!!!  (I think I may make these cookies for my annual Christmas cookie give-away this year so if you're on my list.....you should be looking forward to this little treat!)

Side note:  I've since found the Cherimoya fruit at the local hispanic grocery store.  It was a poor imitation to the fresh fruit in Peru and I had to throw it away.  I'm still on the lookout....... 

Unfortunately for me, I truly only the had one full weekend to explore the country.  I had wanted to see Machu Picchu but 2 days isn't enough time so instead, we drove four hours from Lima into the dessert and took a private plane over the Nazca lines.  The day was filled with our private tour driver (it was just MB and I) that had no I.D. showing him as our driver, us finally stopping at a small hostel town and our tour director just meandering up to us (with no I.D.), us having lunch in a hostel-type restaurant over-looking the sea, another drive to the private airport, the plane ride which included 90 degree right and left turns continously with me concentrating REALLY hard not to get sick, and then another four hour ride back to the city.  While the unpreparedness of the tour guides did not fit well with my uptight American personality, I absolutely loved seeing the Nazca lines.  How an ancient people could have created something so magnificant that is still around today absolutely amazes me.  My only complaint for the day was that I like knowing that I have a clean bathroom when I have to go and this must not be so important to the Peruvians (sometimes no commode seat, no TP, and most definitely - you do not throw the TP in and flush - you put it in a small can beside the commode).  Anyone who knows me will tell you that I have an extremely sensitive gag reflex and I had to talk myself out of not throwing up several times that day.  I finally just decided that I was going to hold it until we got back to the hotel - 5 hours later....while every little bump on the road had me fighting to stay dry  ;)  (Thank goodness for posh hotels with proper bathrooms).

The poverty that we saw broke our hearts.  There was one little girl, maybe 4 or 5 years old, that broke my heart and had me in tears.   I can't even think about her now without my eyes stinging.  Suffice it to say, I came home with a new appreciation for the United States.  My eyes have been opened to absolute poverty and I now understand why so many try to come to the U.S. illegally.  Even with this dismal side of the country, I fell in love with Peru, its culture, and its people and I cannot wait to go back!  Luckily, MB agrees!! 

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