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Could this be cupboard love..

atleast it's cheaper!

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The next morning we were off to the capital, Lima. A taxi took us back to the panamericana where almost immediately a bus pulled in and we were on our way. We were dropped off at the bus companies terminal which was an annoying thing that continued to happen. The last few places we visited in Peru did not have a main terminal but different company offices dotted about town, this made finding out about times for onward journeys both complicated and expensive. On arriving in Lima we took a taxi to Miraflores which a slightly nicer, safer suburb to the South of the city. For these reason it is more expensive but it is where the majority of hostels are located. After checking a number of places we could not afford we were finally offered single room with no bathroom. It was ridiculously small, like a storage cupboard but the single bed was just about big enough and money wise we didn't really have a choice.

On our first afternoon/evening we had munched down a pizza at an Italian restaurant with good food offers, then headed over to the cinema we'd spotted earlier and ended up watching Sherlock Holmes. Which surprisingly was very enjoyable, even Jude Law put in a decent performance. It was then back to our titchy room for a cosey nights sleep which actually wasn't as bad as we'd anticipated.

The next day we got up and left the room mid morning. We wandered down towards the sea front where it was really nicely developed with a kind of open air shopping centre/restaurant complex.
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The food was a bit pricey for us though so we began to walk to another area called Barranco which took us along the Malecon (the road along the sea) and some very posh houses and apartments. This area of Lima was so different from other parts of the country and even the city, the poor/rich divide was more apparent here than anywhere else. In the end Barranco seemed a long way off and our tummies were rumbling so we headed back to the centre of Miraflores through the back streets and found a nice restaurant with a good almuerzo. Once back in the centre we visited a department store not unlike Rackhams or Selfridges and I bought a pair of shorts on sale. We then headed back to the hostel before having to jump into a taxi to a bus companies office to book our ticket to Trujillo a town on the northern coast of Peru, for the next evening. They only had seats available on the bus leaving at 11pm, an executive and therefore expensive bus. We were both annoyed when we left about the amount of money we'd had to part with. Dinner was a trip to the supermarket which in the end wasn't as cheap as we'd hoped it to be. All in all an costly day.

The next day, as we had a lot of hours to kill we didn't leave the hostel until the last minute. Having deposited our bags in the storage cupboard we got a cab in to the centre.
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There we had a bit of a walk around and quickly came across a cinema which was playing a comedy we both kind of wanted to see, I asked if it was in English and the girl told me yes. We sat down while the adverts were playing, then the screen suddenly went black and stayed that way for quite some time. Finally after about 20 minutes the film began and it was in Spanish. We managed to get our money back but we were both annoyed, then again at least we'd wasted some time. By now it was lunch time, and we gobbled down another round of chicken chips before doing a spot of shopping. Adam ended up buying two pairs of shorts which were much needed as we were hoping to spend as much time as possible by the coast between now and home.

After our time in the centre we caught a taxi to Barranco where we were hoping to while a way a couple of hours. It was meant to be an area where a number of artists had their workshops and we were hoping to look at some interesting artwork but this didn't happen. The area around the plaza with the library is sweet but the surrounding streets didn't seem like anything special to us. In the end we walked down hill towards the sea and over the main road. Here we watched a number of surfers and kids enjoying the waves. After some time we caught a taxi back to Miraflores where we made a beeline for the cinema. Again there was the comedy we wanted to see and again I asked if it was in English and again I was told yes. Just as we were about to enter screen number 4 there was a power cut and after sitting there for about half an hour we were all told to come back later. We went to get some dinner at the Italian restaurant and returned for the later showing. For the third time that day we sat down in our cinema seats and waited for the movie to start and as it did, it was of course, in Spanish. After our final failed cinema attempt we went to another department store and Adam ended up buying a pair of really cool shoes. Finally it was a reasonable time to go to the bus terminal where we were allowed to sit in the VIP lounge as we were on the posh bus. Which really was posh with massively, comfortable seats which reclined almost to a lying down position. We had a good nights sleep on the way to Trujillo.
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Laura & Adam

Posted by LauHot10 14:44 Archived in Peru Tagged round_the_world

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