My husband and I have been back in Lima for 40 days, and it already feels like I’ve been here for months… time goes very slowly during the days, but it seems lightyears since we were in the States.
We found and moved into a new place within the first 5 days of being back in the city, which was a huge blessing! After visiting 6 different apartments, we decided the last place we saw was the winner… and basically we had to act fast so the owner wouldn’t give it to anyone else. (rush back to our hostel, gather all our money, eat lunch, exchange money, rush back to the apartment)
Moving in was a doozy because we’re on the 6th floor. And there are no elevators here. Thankfully, my brother-in-law lent us his truck, and we got everything packed on there! Welcome to moving in Peru! When we got to our new place, we unloaded everything and then began the move to the 6th floor. We did it floor by floor… move stuff from the 1st floor to the 3rd… from the 2nd to the 4th… finally up to the 6th! At one point, we have stuff on each floor of the building, haha! And did I mention that it was just my husband and me? Because it definitely was. And it took us an HOUR. #gous
Our new neighborhood is nice… there’s a big park one minute away, there’s a security station there too, and we have the best view around! It’s great, and it already feels like home, despite the lack of artwork and pictures on the walls. (we’re working on it)
We’ve found the cutest markets… one right in front of our building, and one a few blocks away, and we love buying fresh produce from them rather than the actual grocery stores. The second market we found had some really cool fruits from the jungle, including camu camu! Can’t find that in a regular store 😉
As far as readjusting to life in Lima, I’m pretty much a pro. Yes, I am yet again used to the long lines, the people complaining about the bus getting stuck in traffic, and the crazy stares at this gringa walking down the sidewalks. I am used to the food, the water, and the loud car alarms that go off every 10 minutes it seems. I am used to the buses and determining which ones go where, used to always having change in my pocket to buy water or a snack, and keeping pepper spray in my pocket. It basically feels like home again.
What has your life been like lately where you live???