Wake up stupidly early in hotel, well stupidly early for Lima, about right for UK. manage to lie in bed for what seemed like an eternity before deciding it was time to rise when the building work started. head down to breakfast to find bacon and egg out, they know how to cater for tourists.
Then I head to the beach. When I say beach, i´m sure people are thinking of Cocacobana in Rio, or the Costa del Sol. Well i can tell you there was no sun, and really no sand either, mostly stones. Still i walk along the top of the cliffs looking over the coastline and spot the Cross which had been lit up like Vegas the night before, these catholics really like to celebrate their affimation to their faith.
take a few snaps of the 100s of surfers below, from up here they look like seals, with their black wetsuits bobbing up and down in the waves, seems a competition is on.
move on round past a light house which has some inscription i cant read, think that is going to be a running theme here.
head down a vast amount of steps to get to the sea front. walk along the front and spot a sign noting the Tsunami evacuation points, note a earthquake has happened in the philipines so could be heding this way, decide it could be a while so carry on regardless.
for lunch i attemp my best spanish to order a chicken sandwich all is going well until she askes about extras, she confuses me with tomato, even though it is the same word, DOH. she reverts to english and I get Lunch.
walk along what loo,s like the M25 going though the centre of lima, the Via Ariquipa. find out that this is not one of the main roads, just Lima is busy. end up walking along this road for what seems like an hour, i really should have picked up a Map. millions of small buses pass, with conductors shouting out to passers destinations which mean nothing to me. the local seems to make sense of this madness some how.
decide to come off this monument to the car at KPMG lima, take a snap and hope to upload it to fb to see if anyone finds it amusing.
after a short coffee stop at Starbucks ( i know but no one else seems to do mocha) i head back to the hotel. realise when i get in how humid it is here. my back has been drenched.
read a sign in lobby reminding me to be there for talk at half 6, so decide to go upstairs shower and watch some more CNN.
6.30 i head to lobby and recognise some faces from my flight. we get shuffled into a board room and are introduced. Most of you know how bad i am with names. from what i recall we have Ed who is a Candaian lawyer from Alberta, who wants to leave law, other than that the names escape me. though we do have about 5 brits, and then a mixture of Canadians, Americans, Irish and a Norwegian, so a good mix. find out from a scot in our group that he is a Doctor specialising in Public health in Edinburgh, so have a quick chat with him about the Legionaires out break
after out chat we head out to dinner. food is good and beer is, well th same as the uk as Cusquenea is sold in Leeds.
head back to hotel and try and get some kip for moving on tomorrow