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City of Kings

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The_past_days of Bound South have felt a little indulgent.  We’re used to the grit and sweat and stress of life on the road.  Arriving in Lima, a connection with a Dartmouth classmate and her coworkers at an international public health NGO led to a restful weekend in the capital of Peru, a sprawling “City of Kings” set above sandy ocean cliffs and an endless coastal desert.  Jonathan, a native Coloradoan-20-something, described Lima as “Quito’s bigger, dirtier, older brother.”  Seeing as how this same description fit me rather well, I figured I’d get along well with Lima.  We enjoyed the rare company of a number of American-volunteer-20-somethings, laughed about 12-hours-a-day, and explored Lima’s legendary gastronomy, colonial center, and superb laundry services.  We danced swing in a Cuban bar, ate ceviche, ate our first good ice cream since the States and watched the sun set over Miraflores.  We made some new friends who we are determined to see again in the States someday.  Sometimes, indulgence isn’t such a bad thing after all.

Our fantastic hosts with their fantastic pancakes in Lima.

Gliding above Miraflores in Lima.

Highway below the cliffs of Miraflores.

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  1. Beautiful pictures (and pancakes)! Lima is one of my favorite cities; thanks for sharing!

    March 30, 2012
  2. Allison Stoltz #

    Hello gentlemen,

    We’ve been reading along and decided to drop you a line.

    1) It must be pretty sunny. Are you getting sunburns?
    2) Are you getting any bigger with all the food you’ve been eating, especially those pancakes?
    3) Are you still having to ride through mountains everyday?
    4) How long did you stay with your host in Lima?

    Ride safely,
    Ms. Stoltz’s Class

    March 30, 2012
    • Great to hear from you guys!

      1) When we don’t wear sunscreen, we receive some of the worst sunburns you can ever imagine.

      2) Somehow bicycling all day prevents us from getting bigger due to eating; that doesn’t stop us from trying though!

      3) Pretty much. The mountains are easy on the eyes, hard on the legs. We’re willing to make that trade any day.

      4) We were just in Lima for the weekend. Now we’re almost to Chile!

      March 31, 2012
  3. gorgeous photos and I want those pancakes!

    March 30, 2012
  4. Shiela Rabe #

    Hi Guys,
    Lima sounds wonderful and the scenery seems to be more beautiful with each southerly kilometer. I am writing an other installment for this week’s paper. Spring came early to ND and in fact I saw a hummingbird this morning. I wonder if you will experience an early autumn as you journey through Chile and on to Ushuaia.
    Happy Easter!
    Shiela

    April 2, 2012
  5. This is what you have earned, guys. Lima is, according to my more worldly brother, a top-notch city, and one that is on the move. You won’t find another such place to self-indulge, unless you happen by Mendoza or Buenos Aires, on your way to TDF.

    April 3, 2012

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