7:00am and we arrived in Lima. Our leader Shanny had hurt his back and went immediately to the hospital upon arrival. We went to our hotel and slept for a few hours. The ride to Lima was quite uneventful but it was difficult to get a good nights sleep.
We had planned to meet around 11:00 to explore the city but Todd and I overslept and missed the group. Todd and I found the coast and walked along the top. It reminded us of Santa Monica the way the cliffs met the sand. We were a little frustrated and tired this day. Travelling to unfamiliar places every day gets old fast...you never have a base or comfort level. In addition, we were not comfortable with Lima at all and would have appreciated a GAP leader.
We met up with the rest of our group around 7:00pm and had dinner at an Italian place near our hotel. We had to celebrate because Kevin had just finished his final rabies shot and was able to relax a bit. We wondered around a little and decided it was another good night for cards and beer. Kevin, Todd and I practiced our black jack skills and Todd insisted that Kevin learn how to play Kings Corners. How funny is this...we are playing cards in a common area and the phone rings....it is for Todd...it is his parents!!!!!!!!! How ironic!
The next day we spoke to GAP and determined that our leader was not fit to continue as he was in so much pain. A new leader was on her way and in the meantime we had a local guide take us around Lima.
We witnessed the changing of the guards, the catacombs, the Plaza de Armes, the Cathedral etc. In the afternoon we went to a REAL MALL!!!!!! Heaven! We wondered around stores with prices in US dollars! How can they do that?
We met our new group members too, Tony from Australia and Roy from Missouri. About 8 of us went out for dinner. Our dinner started with Pisco Sours...I think it was Happy Hour, and ended with Kamakazies...thanks Todd.
We spent the evening laughing and giggling late into the evening....if my memory serves me correctly...I think some people may agree that the service went above and beyond expectations.