05.05.2013 - 05.05.2013 18 °C
So on to our first day in Lima. Yesterday was our travel day and we certainly go our money's worth out of the day. There were some blurry eyed students for the 4:30 AM check and also some blurry eyed instructors! We also got a chance to tour the entire Dallas Ft. Worth Airrport during our 6 hour layover. And then on to the plane for another 7 hour flight. Upon arrival in Lima we were greeted by our two CEOs (chief experience officer) for GAdventures. Jose and Neil will be guiding us around for the next 9 days. And if the day wasn't long enough we then had to get all 41 of us through the 2:00 AM (yes, 2:00 AM) traffic jam to our hotel in MiraFores.. By 3:00AM everyone was headed for a short night's sleep. It is hard to believe that there is that much traffic in Lima that late at night (or early in the morning).
This morning we headed out for a walking tour around Miraflores. The bells were ringing out at the beautifully ornate church across the street from our hotel. In the park across from City Hall a very large group of people were participating in a dance areobic lesson. We also say a large bike fundraising winding through the streets. then it was off for our first view of Lima's Pacific Ocean. The park is reminiscent of the parks of Barcelona.
After a pre trip meeting the group headed out for a culinary afternoon. First stop was the fish market where we were educated about the fresh fish available in the area. The smells reminded some of their home towns. It reminded me of a VERY rustic version of Fisherman's Wharf in San Franciso. It still smelled the same though!
From there we headed to the oceanside restaurant for our experiential learning activity. First up, ceviche which is raw fresh fish marinated in lime juice (limon), garlic, ginger, hot peppers, milk and fish stock. The lime marinates and essentially cooks the fish. This was nicely plated with onions, sweet potatoes and two types of corn (one tastes like a less salty version of our Corn Nuts). More about the potatoes later in the week.
It was then on to our Pisco Sour lesson. Pisco is a wine brandy that is native to Peru. There are companies making Pisco in Chile however the Peruvians claim that their worst Pisco is better than the Chilean best version. The Chileans may dispute this. One part Pisco mixed with simple syrup, lime juice and an egg white. This is then mixed in a martini shaker and served with a slice of lime. There were mixed reviews on the Pisco Sours....perhaps we will have to try another one at dinner tonight to see if we really like them!
We are off to a dinner tonight which is located beside an archeological site. It should be interesting. For those of you who are following loved ones, everyone is doing well so far! More later....