It is Pam, Mary and myself going out on daily outings. We usually think up some errand that needs to be attended to and then we walk to wherever it is. The men need more field work clothes, I need a hair dryer down here, always we are looking at various supermarkets to see what each one has to offer.
We have found a couple of wonderful Mid-eastern restaurants and have gotten lunch for around $3.00 each time we have eaten there. We have tried wonderful falafel sandwiches, tabouli, baba ghannoui and Greek salads!
Sunday was a walk along the Malecon (the park that follows the ocean) here in Miraflores. Lunch at the mid-eastern restaurant and a walk through Kennedy park to see the art exhibit. I guess the artist display their paintings every weekend. Some were very good, but right now, I am not in the market for paintings.
David got home at a decent hour so we went out to dinner. We had a wonderful paella at a nice seafood restaurant that we happened to walk by. Walking back through the Kennedy park, we heard some music. It was like “American Bandstand” in the park. People of all ages were dancing the salsa! I just couldn’t get David to join in…..
Monday was a holiday here in Peru. It was for the Battle of Angamos that was fought on October 8, 1879 in the War of the Pacific against Chile. After reading about this battle, I think that it must have been more of a memorial type of holiday. The Peruvians lost this sea battle and it allowed Chile to invade Peru and Bolivia!
Mary, Pam and I went to the movie Hair Spray. It was in English with Spanish subtitles. Cute, entertaining movie. Stopped at Starbucks for a coffee…although, I had tea. My new favorite drink is Earl Grey Tea. I had it at the hotel in Chile and now, I am hooked. I can find the loose Earl Grey Tea here, but not the bags. I will keep looking.
Arriving back at the hotel, I had a message from David. It seems as though Rick, his boss, Pam’s husband had invited all of us out to dinner to say “thank you” for the long hours the men had worked. Such a nice gesture…always nice to get a “pat on the back”!
Dinner was at the restaurant at Huaca Pucllana, the archaeological dig that Mary and I visited the other day. It was beautiful. The restaurant is on a terrace that overlooks the ruins, which are beautifully lit at night. There were 13 of us in all. It was a lovely evening…good food, good drink and good company.
Today was kind of quiet. Mary and I walked around a couple of market areas. Pam was off on the apartment search. One was the fruit, veggie, fish and meat market. There are small stores around the market area that have mostly kitchen goods. The other market area is one whole street full of Peruvian handicrafts…alpaca sweaters, blankets, bright colored hats, mittens, tapestries, just a variety of goods. They had some beautiful Christmas decorations that are not of the traditional red and green that we are so used to. These cloth items are blues, pinks, greens and a variety of other colors. Christmas will be a little different, but just as fun this year!
Near this area is an electronic store that a co-worker of David told me about. It is a find! They had everything in this store from hair dryers to televisions, computers, printers, dehumidifiers, stereo equipment…everything you might possibly need…I bought a hair dryer today…who knows what we may need tomorrow!
Tonight, we ladies went to the free concert at the cultural center given by an Italian baritone Gabrielle Settembrini. It was wonderful…much better than the Tango program. He had an amazing voice.
Tomorrow I am going to take a tour of Lima with Pam and Mary. So, I will have much more to write about….until later…..