First days in South America
04.01.2013 - 07.01.2013 27 °C
Dear friends, this is my first message from South America. I can assure you all I have arrived safely, I’m installed well in Lima and doing great.
The flight was exhausting: in the first place I almost didn’t get any sleep the night before taking off and I had to leave to the airport at 5h30. On the plane, there where some crying babies which interrupted every attempt to get some sleep. When arriving in Lima I was dead tired but still went out for drinks. After a wónderful night, I ended up in bed only at 4h30 local time after being awake for 29 hours. I spent the night at casa Felien y Omar, where we also stayed some days during the trip last summer.
Jetlag is a bitch, so I woke up after 3h of sleep already. I stayed in bed until 9h and felt surprisingly awake when getting up. After lunch with Felien I moved to a hitchhikers hostel close by and installed me there. It’s a quiet hostel, which will be good as I am following a Spanish course for two weeks and it would be nice to be well rested for that. In the mean time it is great to meet some people.
The rest of the day, I have to admit, I have been crashing from the jetlag: trying to get some sleep (without success), some reading, sending some mails,… Finally I got to sleep around 22h and had a great nights’ sleep.
On Sunday I went for lunch with Felien and Omar, followed by a beautiful walk in Barranco (Lima) and along the coastline. It reminded me Lima is a very beautiful city and life here is good, especially now in summer. Later, I got to know some people in the hostel with whom I went for dinner and had some beers. Finally I got to bed quite early, as Spanish courses start at 8h in the morning the next day.
So this morning, I had my first Spanish course, which was great fun. I’m in class with 2 Americans and the level is perfect for me. I’m surprised how much I can already say in Spanish thanks to the Assimil book and cds. On the other hand, I realize I still have a very long way to go, especially when talking to locals that don’t speak that clear and much faster.
Got to go now, I’m going for drinks again!