My last day in Lima was everything I could've asked for. I woke up at 6:00AM, my dad and I headed to the passport office in Lima, since my Peruvian passport had expired. Document and legal stuff in Peru is extremely inefficient, the whole process just reminded me how hard we need to work to make the country move forward.
We finished at around 9:00AM and headed back home to pickup Ben, we all went to my favorite apparel company: LAMA "unknown worldwide" their clothing is all collaborations with local artists and crafted responsibly in Lima, the quality and aesthetics are by far the best thing I've ever seen and it makes me proud to see such a small company from my hometown doing so well. Check them out at http://unknownworldwide.com
After picking up some fresh t-shirts Ben and I headed to La 73, a Peruvian restaurant and met up with two of my close frinds from high school. Ben got to try bomb ass food from the coast which we didn't have a chance of eating while we were in Cuzco.
After the amazing lunch and extensive session reminiscing about our personas in high school Ben and I headed towards the cultural side of Lima. My dad joined us for the first gallery the MATE, Mario Testino's special place to show his work with both a permanent and changing collection which features other artists. We peeked into the museum of electricity for a little bit, which triggered strong memories of the first grade, probably the first field trip I can remember. As we headed towards the more upscale area of Barranco my dad left us and we headed to two more galleries, Lucia de la Puente being the one where Ben seems to be getting turned on over a bird nibbling his nips.
We were going to head back to my apartment but decided to take a quick detour through the malecon as we drove through the sunset to where I used to live in Chorrillos. We stopped for a brief second and I sighed over the late 19TH century house I used to live in. Finally we headed back to San Isidro and that was that, the evening continued we ate in old downtown Lima and went out partying in Miraflores.
Lima is a magical place, and the district which fuels said magic is Barranco. A combination of bohemians, intellectuals, the poorest and the richest coexisting harmoniously creating the unique vibe that I can only feel when I'm there.