Monday, March 31, 2014

South America: Lima, Peru

Some people called us brave. Others thought us crazy. But I was always very sure that traveling to South America as a family of 3 (and a half) was the way to do it. Luckily, I was right.

We boarded LAN Airlines on a Thursday evening brushing midnight. Adelaide nestled in her jammies and ready to explore new lands. Well after we fought her to sleep for about 5 hours and her persistent cough kept her awake, we finally succumbed to fate and walked her up & down the aisles for at least 30 laps. Exhausted her & I both collapsed into our seats for 3 hours of sleep until arriving in Lima. Yet what doesn't kill you makes you stronger right?

Well we enjoyed a family nap and then set out to see the great city of Lima and the quaint suburb of Miraflores. Walking through "Central Park" with hundreds of cats was pure delight for our adventure girl as she yelled "cat" and pointing to each one. And then came the puppies. Everywhere. Leashed ones. Stray ones. Skinny ones. Fat ones. Small ones. Big ones. She loves them all.

After about 20 blocks, we met the great Pacific Ocean with warm smiles. Niched next to it was a playground bustling with children and lining the area were shops & restaurants (known as Larcomar). Heaven for all three of us.

Our second day in Lima involved a tour of the city sights which proved its rich history and passion for life. So many beautiful buildings and historic art. We enjoyed browsing it all and taking in its life lessons filling us with much gratitude.

The people of Lima could not have been more wonderful. Truly hospitable and making sure our every need, question, concern was met from the first to the last person we came in contact with. I look forward to returning some day and seeing even more of this gorgeous city.

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