All the big cities in Central/South America have a couple of things in common, and Lima is no different.
1) They all have a beautiful cathedral(s) located in the center of the city…
2) And they all have slums that extend for miles. These slums usually make the rough neighborhoods in the States look cushy. The have-nots who live here endure harsh and dangerous conditions. Lima’s slums are known to be some of the thuggiest in South America.
The first time we drove into Lima we actually got lost when our GPS went rogue, and we found ourselves in one of those neighborhoods. It was the second time this happened to us in the last year. The other time was in Bogota, Colombia where we found ourselves in a red light district getting full frontal flashes from some pretty scary looking prostitutes.
I wasn’t trying to make that mistake again in Lima. After driving around hopelessly for about half an hour, we finally hired a local taxi to lead us out.
He led us back to the insulated world of Miraflores, a rich neighborhood sandwiched between the Pacific ocean and the rest of Lima. Being in Miraflores is like being inside of a bubble. Everything is modern and safe and… very USAish – Mcdonalds, Starbucks, big malls… you get the picture.
It also has the best medical care in Peru, so this is where we rented an apartment while we wait to give birth. After the last couple years of living on the road without a lot of amenities, it’s been nice to enjoy things like hot water, a washer and dryer, a microwave, and an elevator since we’re on the 6th floor. Pretty plush.
There is a great farmers market only two blocks away that runs every Saturday.
It’s a proper set-up as well. They offer quite a selection of goodies.
Although we haven’t seen the sun in 3 weeks, (Lima is notoriously foggy), Stevie is loving it.
I’m 50/50 on it but keep telling myself it’s only temporary. We’ll be here until after Christmas, and then we’re heading south. I never was a big city guy.
I miss surfing. The ocean is really polluted in Lima and I have no intention of trying to surf here. There is, however, a local climbing gym, BaseCamp, which is only a couple blocks from our apartment. It’s an outside gym, but they’ve got a pretty good set-up for training.
I figured I’d give the local rock climbing a go since we’re here. It’s been 4 years since I’ve done any real climbing, and rumor has it there is some good stuff on the outskirts of town.
Basecamp is a good place to get back into real climbing shape. I was surprised. There are a fair amount of climbers here and it looks like some of them can pull hard. Now I just need to get “invited” on a trip.
There is also a Golds Gym 3 blocks from the house, so I joined that as well. Got to do something to keep busy. The guy who gave me the membership tour was insistent that I participate in some of the aerobic classes. Guess that’s a big thing here. Yeah… no.
Everything is going well with the pregnancy. Stevie is feeling fabulous. We’ll have an update on that in the next post. We go in for a 4D ultrasound this coming week. Exciting. I love seeing our baby on the screen.