Friday, May 28, 2010

Return to Peru

We arrived in Lima just before midnight last night and cleared customs shortly thereafter. We settled into the hotel shortly after one this morning. The flight was uneventful, just long. The beds were quite welcome.
Our friend, Luis, met us this morning at 10:00 and we were off to shop. Since the house is close to being finished, we needed to get some living room furniture and kitchen appliances. Most of what we had seen in the north wasn't anything we were interested in; very much like everyone elses and not of very high quality. We found a very nice living room set early on in the day, although we looked through several more stores in various parts of Lima. Once we settled on that, we went for lunch. Appliances came next. I was shocked when I looked at my watch and it was already 6:00p.m. We ended up with a refrigerator, stove top, oven and hood, microwave, washing machine and two TVs. We also received a free coffee maker, blender and rice cooker with our purchase. The next step was to arrange for all of this to be transported north, but by the time we reached the transport company, they were closed.
We went into Miraflores, a nice section of Lima, for dinner at a Sushi bar. Doug and I are not experts when it comes to sushi, so we shared a platter of various items. Luis was not enamoured with the whole idea of sushi, but had some kebabs that we quite tasty.
Luis' oldest daughter is enrolled in a "Japanese" school in Lima. Those that can afford to send their children to private school, do so and this is one such school. She is learning Japanese as well as English and is immersed in cultural experiences.
Back at the hotel, we settled in but there's a band playing in the park across the street. The music is very loud..... hope they don't play too late!

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