So much for a travel blog, eh? Anyway, since I posted last, something like a month ago, I’ve traveled quite a bit and I figured I’d post some quick recaps of the cities I’ve visited.
Let’s start with Lima. Well, I didn’t so much travel to Lima as live there. Honestly, Lima was fantastic, especially if you like to eat and don’t like to spend money. My rent was $200 per month. 3-course gourmet lunches for $3.50 were the norm and cheaper wasn’t uncommon. Of course, it’s possible to spend a lot of money anywhere you go, but the food you could get in Lima for a reasonable price was unreal.
Unfortunately, most people who visit the city do so only for a day in route to Machu Picchu and don’t leave with the best impression. A common response from other travelers when learning I’d been living in Lima for two months was something resembling pity. They’d only seen the weather (it’s quite Seattle-esque), the pollution (given, it is the most polluted in South America), and the poverty, but it’s a city that grows on you, even if the beer selection is limited to fizzy yellow stuff. The people are friendly, the public transportation is improving, the food fantastic, and the views of the Pacific from Miraflores and Barranco are quite idyllic. It’s by no means my favorite in the world, or even Peru, nor could I live there for an extended period of time, but it’s definitely worth a visit.