We made it!
After almost 2 years of researching, planning and making changes to our lives we have finally begun the next chapter in our Inspired Family Adventure.
We left Toronto Pearson Airport last Wednesday on January 13th. There was an hour delay to our take off because of plane refueling issues, but then we were on our way. After a five and a half hour flight, we landed 45 minutes later than we were supposed to in San Salvador, El Salvador. The gate for our connecting flight was on the other side of the airport so it made for quite a mad dash with our backpacks (they didn’t seem so heavy when we left). Avianca Airlines was good enough to hold the plane for us, and within minutes we were taking off to Lima, Peru. Kudos to Avianca for the overall good experience from beginning to end. We made it to Lima in the early morning of the 14th. We had set up with our AirBNB host to have a driver pick us up from the airport, and as soon as we walked out from picking up our luggage, Renzo was waiting for us with our name on a sign. A quick 20 minute taxi ride through the streets of Lima and we were at our AirBNB rental in the seaside neighbourhood of Magdelena del Mar.
Magdelena del Mar
Magdelena del Mar is one of 30 districts (neighbourhoods) that make up the City of Lima, a city of almost 10 million people. We initially decided against staying directly in the tourist district of Miraflores, because we didn’t want to just be tourists. We wanted to fully immerse ourselves in the culture of this great city. Some of that inevitably gets lost within tourist areas. We definitely got what we wanted. Just on the outskirts of the tourist district, Magdelena is a working class neighbourhood with a mix of residential homes and shops. It has a bustling (an understatement) indoor/outdoor daily market that you can buy anything from fresh foods to clothing to office supplies. It is also home to Huaca Hauntille one of 54 Huacas (adobe pyramids, which were built around 900a.d.). It’s pretty awe inspiring to be so close to something so old. There are also two beautiful catholic churches Parroquia Sagrado
A week into our Adventure
We’ve been in Lima for a week today. Sydney has been enjoying all the sites and sounds of the big city. Every time we walk outside, you can see that she is taking it all in. She loves to walk the streets with us and talk about all the things she has seen. I think we just may have a world traveler on our hands. Luc on the other hand is quite a bit more cautious. He stays close to us and you can tell he finds it all overwhelming. I’m hoping once we are into less populated areas he will start to feel more comfortable. We have done some exploring of this massive city, a walk to the Museo Nacional de Arqueología, Antropología e Historia del Perú and to a local upscale mall Plaza San Miguel, but most of the time we have stayed close to our apartment rental and explored the neighbourhood around us that is so different from our own. It has been nice not to have to rush out and get everything done in a couple days. We have been able to ease ourselves into our new lives, take it slow, and follow a pace that is comfortable to our family.
This coming week we have several sites that we are planning on visiting before we move onto the next stop on our adventure. Check back soon for an upcoming post on our visit to the Historic downtown Lima, the world renown Museo Larco, the tourist district of Miraflores and the dancing fountains and light show of Parque de la Reserva.
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