April 24, 2013 by jiejie768
Whole and at least on the way to healthy, Meg, Mikey and I were pretty excited about using this new-fangled flying contraption called an airplane to go from Cusco to Lima. It was Wednesday, March 20, and since Mikey arrived on the 11th, we had spent something like 40,000 hours on buses and in 20-passenger vans. At that point, a one-hour flight from one city to the next was a concept as foreign as it was exciting.
Of course, following Meg’s and Mikey’s respective battles with, and hospitalizations due to, salmonella, we were lucky to have made our scheduled flight in the first place. After an hour delay, we left Cusco at about 2 in the afternoon on Wednesday, which gave us one evening in Lima before Mikey flew out at 7:30 a.m. Thursday to return home.
Lima is a place Meg and I like to visit for a taste of home. We enjoy the giant grocery stores stocked with American products and the movie theaters featuring American movies with English-language tracks and fresh popcorn. We like to visit Ramon and Loty (Fabiola’s parents) and feel like we’re among family. We like to get burritos at the Burrito Bar in Barranco.
All of these things are great for us, as we tend to get a bit homesick at times during this nine-month adventure. For Mikey, however, who was only in Peru for about 10 days, the appeal of these tastes of home probably wasn’t as strong. And still on the uphill battle of recovery, Mikey’s stomach didn’t fancy a burrito on Wednesday anyhow.
Thus, we spent our last day together merely walking along the Malecón Park, which features a stunning view of the ocean, especially during sunset. We ate dinner at a Chinese restaurant that also served our last meal with Meg’s family in December. We walked around Larcomar, the swanky (and surprisingly photogenic), oceanfront mall in Miraflores. I overpaid for copies and filled out my NCAA Tournament brackets. It was pretty tame last day, but a relaxing end to an otherwise exhausting (but wonderful) 10-day trip that took us from Lima to Arequipa to Colca Canyon, back to Arequipa to Puno and Lake Titicaca to Cusco and, finally, back to Lima.
Mikey left the hotel at about 5 a.m. the next morning. I woke up long enough to wish him well and snap a picture as he walked out of the door and out of our lives forever (or until June, you know, whatever). It was an awesome trip, but I think all three of us, illness or no, were ready to return to home and recover a bit.
EPILOGUE: March Madness in Lima
Meg and I had booked an overnight bus from Lima to Ayacucho on Thursday night, so we had all day Thursday to spend in Lima. As this was the first day of the NCAA Tournament, I spent most of my time searching for a TV showing hoops. I was only successful at one locale: The Corner Sports Bar on the west end of Larco in Miraflores. We watched the morning session there from 11 to 1 or so while eating some pretty tasty nachos and drinking an extremely expensive bottle of water. Since I didn’t feel like getting wasted, and I felt awkward sitting there without ordering more, we took in a movie in the afternoon (“Warm Bodies” which was a very entertaining zombie romantic comedy). We returned to the bar in the evening to watch another game or two before the bus. Whilst there, I spent some time talking to a South Dakota State alum who was visiting Lima with his Peruvian wife. They were very nice, but I felt bad for him when Michigan (the eventual national runner-up) proved too much for his beloved SDSU squad.
Catch up on all our travels with Mikey:
- Day 1: Lima to Arequipa
- Day 2: Arequipa — Monasteria Santa Catalina
- Day 3: Arequipa — Turtles, Beer and Burritos
- Day 4 (Part 1): Into the Canyon
- Day 4 (Part 2): Checking out Chivay
- Day 5: Flight of the Condors
- Days 6-7: Puno and Lake Titicaca
- Day 8: Disaster Strikes!
- Day 9: Aboard the Inka Express
- Night 9 and Morning 10: More Fun with Hospitals!