Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Return to Lima

So it has been forever since we have had internet, so I am going to do my best to update the blog. Sorry if it doesn't make sense!
On Sunday, November 2, we flew from Cusco back to Lima. Because of regulations about landing at Easter Island we had to wait until 10:00pm to leave from Lima. So we spent the majority of the day in Lima. We were picked up from the airport by buses which took us on a tour of Colonial Lima. It was a much more attractive part of the city than what we had seen before. Many of the building have beautiful porches on the second floor that jut out and all are painted in bright colors.
We went to the main square and got out to take pictures. The President of Peru’s home is on the square. Here is a picture of me in front of his home, sort of like the White House:

While we were in the square, a few Peruvian girls attacked my cousin, Sam, for a picture with him. It was so funny.

After this we drove around some more. Something interesting about Lima is that many squatters move to Lima and build small homes on the hills on the outskirts of town. Some of the hills have running water, electricity, paved roads, ect., but some do not. The homes are all painted bright colors and they make the background of the city kind of pretty against the grey skies. We were told that it never rains in Lima, but that there is usually a grey cloud cover over the city. It will mist or just be very humid, but it doesn’t rain. Anyways, I don’t have any pictures, but if I find someone who does I will borrow and post.
So, for dinner we went to the Hacienda Mamacona where a local family breeds Peruvian horses. The home was on the outskirts of town and was beautiful. When we pulled up the Momma and baby horses were in pins beside the parking area and we could walk over and pet them.

So Adorable. Then we had cocktails and watched a demonstration of the horses and the local dancing.

During the demonstration they brought out a 15 day old colt and the momma horse. It was the cutest thing. The baby would run ahead of the momma horse and then realize it was by itself and turn around and run back to her side.

After the demonstration we had a dinner of local cuisine. It was all very good! And where we ate was beautiful. It was on the back patio of the hacienda.
I was bummed about that whole day because I was excited about getting to Easter Island, but it turned out to be a lot of fun.

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