We’ve walked a lot our first month in Lima. We are starting to get more comfortable with the way things work here. The traffic is just really crazy, so the first week we were here it was pretty intimidating to navigate the streets as a pedestrian.
We’ve learned a few things that have helped: 1) there’s safety in number. If a big group of people cross the road, chances are you can cross too, so long as you stay close enough to the group. 2) cars who flash their brights are NOT saying, “go ahead” but rather, “don’t even think about crossing, because I’m not stopping for you.” This is a life-saving bit of knowledge…so if you plan on visiting this place keep it in mind! 3) it may seem scary when crowded buses round a corner going 40mph with people filling the sidewalk and medians around them, but they’re probably not going to hit you. At least the chances are in your favor…so you can relax a bit and save that adrenaline for a more important task.
One of the things we’ve been enjoying here in Lima are the numerous parks throughout the city. They range from small median lots with a fountain in the center, to large walking trails with playgrounds and it seems there’s one on nearly every corner. We were surprised to be greeted by an unexpected animal at one of the parks we visited…cats covered the grass and as we walked into the park they seemed to swarm down out of the trees. Thankfully they weren’t that interested in us and the kids were able to play on the playground without much interest from them.The kids love watching them, though! Cliff’s cat impression is hilarious – so I for one never pass up the opportunity to ask him what a cat says. His response is always squinty eyes, a scrunched up nose and a high pitched, “meeeeowww!!” This park had some neat history as well as a enormous piece of pre-columbian pottery.
The buildings are gorgeous. This is where the Mayor of one of the districts lives.
There are some beautiful churches, too.
We’ve seen a lot of really amazing murals and artwork in the city.
It’s good to be getting familiar with the streets and learning our way around. Overall, we really like Lima so far. I’m glad we have a full year to get to know this place because there’s a lot we haven’t seen yet!