Monthly Archives: September 2012

Eating out one day

Money has been tight and I have been living precariously these last few days. I get by of course, but I don’t get to indulge too often. So I was really excited when a few of us decided that we should find a bite somewhere else other than in our own kitchen! So we decided that we should eat Chinese (of course what else did you expect a student on a budget to eat?).

So my English friend Damian suggests this small place that serves Chinese as takeaway. It also serves as an eatery and since we are bored of sitting at home and eating, we decide that we will go there to eat. No take out for us that night!

It’s a small group and we want chaufas. Chaufas is a Chinese- Peruvian fried rice that the restaurants serve here. Yes, I have eaten rice more than a few occasions since I arrived here. Kim, don’t run for the mountains; I still eat my vegetables more than my carbs.

Some tourists prefer to avoid these small joints altogether on account of reasons like foreign food and claim hygiene issues. When I came first to Lima, me too was testy about the food. But I have grown quite accustomed I must say, and of late I have been having Peruvian food without much qualms.

The place was done up with Chinese scriptures hanging from the walls, dim lights did up the interiors. Very oriental looking. The Chinese food was nice, tasty too, and like other foods here, generously spiced with the Peruvian Rocotto pepper!

Looking forward to another meal 😉

Buses in Lima

One day I tried using the bus in Lima. I have been here for the last three months and I thought of trying the bus in Lima. Even though the locals are very helpful but you need to have slight idea over the main roads to have a better ride. I didn’t have it and I had to suffer a little bit for that.

The buses have signs above the windscreen. Those signs indicate the starting point and the final stop (the route of the buses). Example, Ate – SJM (San Juan de Miraflores) or SJL (San Juan de Lurigancho) – Surco. There is a number on the front. The side of the bus generally has a list of a few major roads of the route.

The fares are cheap. For example, I took a ride from Miraflores to the City Center and it cost me S/. 1.00. The assistant to the driver comes and collects the fares and hands over the tickets. You may have to insist on getting a ticket for the journey. When you reach your destination (if you know where to get down) you have to shout “baja” (which means “getting off”) or “baja esquina” (“getting off at the next corner”).

When the bus stops at the bus stop, you should immediately get down from the bus because buses speed off immediately after you get down. That is adventurous. I found it chaotic but adventurous finding your route, the specific bus, the destinations stop and finally getting down.