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Lima (2)

7.01.2013 - 14.01.2013

semi-overcast 28 °C

It’s more than a week since I’m in Lima. I can say time is flying and I even haven’t started the real traveling yet… The week was nice, taking Spanish courses in the morning and spending relaxing afternoons and evenings with people from the hostel, Felien or Carolina.
It’s summer time in Lima and this mostly means splendid weather during the day: a lot of sun, close to 30 °C but a refreshing breeze in the city. In the night, it cools down to some 20 °C, which means still perfect to go out in t-shirt but just cool enough to sleep.

The weekend started off with an amazing party on Friday evening with people from the hostel: 6 different people, 6 different countries and 4 different continents. We went to a small underground party in the house of an artist in Barranco. First there was some live Peruvian music, followed by a dj’s playing their thing. The party scene is much more exotic here. Of course, even here they play ‘gangnam style’, but mostly salsa, cumbia, reggaeton,…
This party was the perfect setting to practice some Spanish, but mostly to learn my first basic steps of salsa. I was told you can’t learn Spanish if you don’t know how to dance salsa… It’s not too difficult, but often I got slapped on my hips, meaning I should move them more. And of course, I’m far away from spinning around the girls… it is really amazing how good some of the locals can dance.
Of course, I was more than happy to teach the Peruvians the basics of ‘gangnam style’ dancing in return.

Saturday was beach time, some 40km south of Lima, with Felien and a Belgian couple also currently living in Lima. Although I spent most of the time resting in the shadow, I noticed at night I was burnt. In the evening, we drove 60km more south to Asia, where a festival with Peruvian artists was organized. The setting was great: a fancy place right next to the beach. On top of that, in the center of the place there was an artificial wave where some surfers showed their tricks during the concert. Unfortunately the place was not completely full with people, which caused there was not a real exotic atmosphere. Still, we had a good time and saw some good bands, I already downloaded some new music…

Now I have 4-5 more days in Lima taking Spanish courses, and I’m already looking forward to really start moving around! First destination will be Chile.
I know a lot of people are waiting for pictures, but they will come as soon as I start moving. Currently I’m not taking too many pictures, I’ve been in Lima already and although it’s very beautiful, I’ll fore sure go to places where I can take more impressive pictures.
Talk to you soon!

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Posted by tombroekaert 11:50 Archived in Peru

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