Pre-Incan Ruins

Smack-dab in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Miraflores, is a ruins sight that once spanned many blocks, but now only has this one block left. The ruins, were formed thousands of years ago, and once stood as a tall pyramid. What is left of them is able to be viewed by guided tours. You will see where mummies were found, and learn about the native plants to the area as well, and of course you can see some llamas and alpacas!

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Surfing Lessons

What an awesome and exhausting day!!! Diana and I woke up super early and headed down to the beach where we met Carlos’ brother and were suited up and driven in a beat-up car to a different beach where the waves were better. After walking over some treacherous rocks, which were much harder to walk on than they looked, we spent some time on the beach practicing our form and learning the basics. Then we were off into the water with our instructor Paul, and our classmate Dante, a Peruvian lawyer from Lima (who ended us driving us home, which was amazing because the steps down to the beach would have been almost impossible to climb on the way up). Anyway, we all were able to stand up and ride some waves by the end of the lesson and we had a blast while we did it! I highly recommend Carlos’ company Pukana Surf School.

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Seaside Town

The neighborhood of Lima we are staying in is Miraflores, and is located on the coast. The ocean is just a short walk from our hostel, but the actual neighborhood is very high up soooo you have to walk down what seems like a hundred flights of stairs to get to the actual beach. We headed down on Thursday to look for surf schools and found a quaint little pier with shops and a restaurant.

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Kennedy Park

In one of our last of many visits to Kennedy Park, I actually brought chicken with me to feed the cats. They swarmed to us and relaxed while I fed them. I also met a few locals who feed the cats in their spare time, and learned that there must be an entire group of people who make sure the cats are fed everyday; and that the cat population was once at 300, but the government forced it to shrink. So now the cats are not quite a united tribe, and some are much more open to being pet and picked up than others. My favorite kittens were a litter we found living up in a tree. I was able to climb up it and feed them for a while with their mother.

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Hostel Happenings

We are staying at Backpackers Family Hostel, and are having an amazing time with the owner Pedro, and his associates. On Thursday morning Pedro gave us a two-hour interactive Spanish class, complete with stapled packets of information and a white board! We learned a vast amount of topics and some basic grammar, and then were able to practice it all at the end when we were quizzed. Later that night, Pedro made everyone in the hostel Peru’s national drink, a Pisco Sour, which is Pisco (a Peruvian brandy) mixed with fresh lime juice, topped with frothed egg whites, and sprinkled with bitters.

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Parque Kennedy

One of my favorite things so far has been Parque Kennedy. Named after the one and only John F. Kennedy, the park has become famous for something truly original, a wild cat population, that acts like a domestic one. We saw at least 20, but there has to be more than fifty, maybe even more than a hundred there. They were in the trees, the bushes, on the benches, in the flower beds, and just wandering around. They even let you pick them up, and they range in all different colors and sizes. There are teeny tiny little kittens, and big fat cats. They just sleep all day while people walk by, and someone, I’m not sure who, feeds them with little tupperware bowls full of cat food, milk, and water. It is an amazing thing to see, and the park itself is very well kept and colorful.

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