.....Hits Us Like a Peruvian Cab Driver
19.11.2012 - 21.11.2012
So reflecting back on our last entry, we’ve realized living out of one backpack for the three of us is TOUGH! We knew it would be, and we were mentally preparing to struggle and be uncomfortable for quite awhile. But man, when you get down to just living (or surviving), higher order stuff like meditation (and snacks, we think we’ll be losing some weight, haha) seems to just fall by the wayside. It probably doesn’t help that we’re still in Lima, a city of 11 million people, and have felt like we’re the only ones who speak English here. It’s been a bit overwhelming!
However, we will endure. Humans are amazing and can withstand much more than this. We are still confident. But if you had asked Jessica that on the plane ride over here, after Elijah cried for over an hour straight because he wanted to go to sleep, but couldn’t, it might have been a different story. Anyway, here’s a recap of what we’ve seen and done so far.
Well, our plane to Lima was delayed by over an hour, so we didn’t actually arrive in Lima until about midnight, and then after going through customs and immigration it was well past that. We were bombarded by tons of cab drivers as we walked out of the airport. Jessica read ahead of that you should be able to get a cab ride for about $10 US, but negotiating a price at this hour seemed silly. We just wanted to go to our hostel and sleep; we ended up paying $30. As we zoomed out of the airport, our cab driver stayed silent as he weaved in and out of traffic, skipping stop signs and coming within inches of other vehicles. When we finally arrived at your hostel we were so glad to see a warm bed that the three of us instantly passed out.
The next day, Tuesday, after some much needed rest, we woke up to a hot breakfast at the Miraflores Inn where we were staying. Fresh squeezed orange juice, hot coffee, delicious eggs and soft rolls were like heaven to our stomachs! After airplane food, this was gourmet! Next we took a little tour of the Mireflores district of Lima. We walked down to the coastline, where they have these huge bluffs that come right up to the coast then plunge down a couple hundred feet to the beaches below. Even though Mireflores is supposedly the nicest part of Lima, everything seems to be half built; it reminded us a lot of Cancun, Mexico that way. We did notice how many public workers there are just cleaning up the streets continuously. There’s no litter in Mireflores and no homeless people. There are also many police officers and security officers everywhere just standing on the streets, ready to help you if needed.
We realized very fast that our Spanish is horrible! Luckily we did have a small phrasebook and are practicing constantly because very few people speak English here. It wasn’t until 3 PM the first day that we even came across anyone else who spoke fluent English; we met a nice man and his mother who were from Canada. It was very nice to not have to struggle to communicate for once.
For dinner, we went looking for a restaurant that wasn’t too expensive. To our surprise, Lima is expensive, and we weren’t really prepared for that. Luckily we won’t be staying long and hopefully it will be cheaper once we’re out of a big city. We wandered around for awhile until we found a pizza/pasta place to eat. We got pasta with garlic bread and wine for 19 soles (about $8 US) each. It was delicious! We also noticed that most people don’t eat dinner until about 8 PM here; we were eating at 6:30 and some places weren’t even open. But we’ve got to eat early because Elijah goes to bed at about 8 PM.
The diaper situation has been an interesting one too. We brought 12 cloth diapers, 6 ecapants (think baby training pants) and 6 prefolds (the old fashion square cloth diapers) with the intend of washing them each day; however, bathrooms here don’t have anywhere to lay a baby down to change them, so we have yet to use the prefolds at all. Luckily we can change the ecapants while holding Elijah. So we’ve only been using 6 diapers and have come close to running out of the ecapants because they don’t dry very fast. The only thing that has saved us is Elimination Communication (EC) which we’ve practiced from birth with Elijah. To those that don’t know what that is, basically it’s the assumption that babies are aware of their elimination from birth, and we look for nonverbal cues of when they need to go to the bathroom. We are fairly good at catching most of Elijah’s cues, but it’s been difficult here as we’ve been a little distracted and sometimes just don’t have access to a bathroom.
Well, that is mostly all we’ve done here in Lima. Washed diapers, walked a lot, and ate food. We are heading to Paracas today on an awesome double decker tour bus. Our tentative itinerary is this:
-First stop is Paracas to stay with some fellow couchsurfers. We’ll check out the Paracas History Museum and their huge elongated human skulls. We will also see the “mini-Galapagos” and the Ballestas Islands. (approx. Nov 21-26) We also plan to see the Nazca lines on our way out of Paracas.
-Then head inland and up to Arequipa, at 7,000 ft above sea level. We don’t have a place to stay here yet, so we might end up in a hostel. (approx. Nov 26-Dec 2)
-Next we’re off to Puno and Lake Titicaca. Here we have booked a two week tour that starts here and ends at Machu Picchu, with a stop in Cusco also. (Dec 2-18)
-Then we go back to Cusco to couchsurf for awhile. Hopefully we’ll meet up with Jessica’s cousin Luke here! (Dec 18-26)
-Then off to the Sacred Valley, outside of Cusco, to stay at an Eco Yoga Retreat to help on their organic farm. We’re really excited for this! (Dec 26-Jan 10)
-Then off to an organic family farm near Quillabamba and the rain forest. We’ll be harvest fresh mangos, coffee, and cacao. (Jan 10-25).
Of course this can all change, but that’s the plan as of now!
Sorry almost forgot to add pictures!