Just thought I´d write a quick email while I have the chance.
We arrived in Lima bright and early yesterday morning (7am). After a quick 2 hour nap, got organized and went to do some exploring on our own (we had a free day). We took a cab and visited several areas of Lima, including Miraflores and Barranco, which are the sea-side neighbourhoods. Lima is pretty much overcast and foggy all the time, but it was impressive nonetheless, especially the cliffs by the sea. Saw a few brave surfers, but not many.
We did our best to truly experience local living by basically walking everywhere through side streets and such. Mmmm, the odour of gas fumes and urine is sublime! After a while, you don´t even notice. The good news for a guy like me is that if I´ve really gotta go, I can just do like the locals, and go! Hee hee. We also went to the museum of anthropology and archeology for a couple hours and wow! Can the old cultures do amazing things with clay and metal! Took lots of pics to hopefully put up on flickr when we get back. I held off on taking a picture of the clay inca with the really big ´package´, which I now regret. Troy, you would´ve loved this stuff. Simply amazing.
Today, we´re off on a guided tour of the rest of Lima, visiting catacombs and such. Great early breakfast, where I started my pre-altitude preparations. Man, Coca tea is AWESOME! I think I´m totally wired now. It´s all the benefits of cocaine without all the negatives 😉 This is supposed to prep me for the high altitudes tomorrow in Puno (over 13,000 feet). Unfortunately, I think I´m addicted now! Luckily, my little phrase book can tell me how to say ´´Does your country have a methodone program? How may I register?´´ God bless Lonely Planet phrase books, eh?
Okay, enough for now. Lots to see and do. Lovin it so far. Oh yeah, and Inka Cola is the bomb! Smells like bubble gum, tastes like cream soda, looks like Mountain Dew. Next stop, roasted guinea pig (cuy cuchito) and skewered beef hearts (anticucho corazones)! I´ll try to write again, but I never know when I´ll have access again. Feel free to drop me a line anyway.
Steve (and virtual Jody, from wherever she is while I write this, I was too hyper for her this morning!)