Travels with Mikey, Day 10: A Farewell to Mikeys

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April 24, 2013 by jiejie768

I don't love everything about Lima, but the view sun setting over the Pacific Ocean from Larcomar is pretty hard to beat.

On Wednesday, March 20, the sun was setting on our trip with Mikey. I don’t love everything about Lima, but this view of the Pacific Ocean from Larcomar is pretty hard to beat.

Meg smiles in front of the setting sun at the Malecon in Lima on Wednesday, March 20.

Meg smiles in front of the setting sun at the Malecón in Lima on Wednesday, March 20.

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.

The colorful, tiled walls at the Malecon oceanfront park in Lima feature lines from several Spanish-language love poems.

The colorful, tiled walls (see above and below) at the Malecón oceanfront park in Lima feature lines from several Spanish-language love poems.

Lima — Malecon Tiles Close-up

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.

This is the courtyard at Hostal El Patio, our preferred lodging when in Lima.

This is the courtyard at Hostal El Patio, our preferred lodging when in Lima.

Honestly, I don't know why I took this picture, but I really like how it turned out. It's the Marriot hotel near the Larcomar Mall.

Honestly, I don’t know why I took this picture, but I really like how it turned out. It’s the Marriott hotel near the Larcomar Mall.

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.

More views of the sunset from Lima's Larcomar Mall.

More views of the sunset from Lima’s Larcomar Mall.

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.

This view shows the late evening sky looking south from Larcomar along the Lima shoreline toward Barranco.

This view shows the late evening sky looking south from Larcomar along the Lima shoreline toward Barranco.

It's just a mall, really, but Larcomar in Lima is a surprisingly photogenic venue.

It’s just a mall, really, but Larcomar in Lima is a surprisingly photogenic venue.

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.

Goodbye, Mikey (little tear). I was amused when Mikey woke up about 45 minutes before his cab (which came at 5 a.m.), and then sat down at 4:30 and said, "Well, now I have a half hour to kill."

Goodbye, Mikey (little tear)! I was amused when Mikey woke up about 45 minutes before his cab (which came at 5 a.m.), and then sat down at 4:30 and said, “Well, now I have a half hour to kill.” Also, that water was paid for by Mikey’s insurance company.

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:

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