After returning from Iquitos with a Scottish school group from Kyle Academy, I have two days of freedom in Lima before returning to the airport to pick up some friendly faces from Dearborn.
While most of Peru is considered by foreigners to be rustic, rough, underdeveloped, or any other adjective that is along those lines, it is very easy in the city of Lima to live an “American” lifestyle.
For my two days in Lima, I was able to stay by myself at the apartment of the General Director of the entire Scripture Union organization, which is located in Miraflores.
I feel pretty comfortable walking around Lima and the rest of Peru, but in Miraflores, I feel like I’m back in Dearborn. I don’t stand out as much since this is where many other foreigners live. Not only is Miraflores a nice and beautiful city, it’s fairly quiet, whereas the city of Lima has a lot of noise pollution – lots of car horns all the time.
Since I had two free days in Miraflores, I indulged in a little “American living” and went to the movies last night, walked around the neighborhood where the apartment is located, went to a delicious restaurant that is comparable to Au Bon Pain or a Panera, and even killed some time at the local Starbucks catching up on emails and updating this website.
I even managed to see quite a few Coach handbags being carried around in Miraflores – a few fake but most of them real.