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EF and I grabbed our two-year-old son and somehow managed to escape in a cab before the violence escalated. I held El Híjo's head so he wouldn't look backward through the window to see what was happening.
We ended up at a restaurant in Chinatown and watched the riot on TV as we ate our noodles.
We could have so easily been trapped in the middle of it.
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I am trying to imagine what kind of person could mistake an angry political rally for a costumed fiesta patronal.
Either a very stoned person or a very stupid person or an extremely crafty one. (Hey, officer, I thought this was the party for the Virgin of Candelaria!")
In case you still are wondering what a politcal protest looks like in Peru, please see the pictures below.
[caption id="attachment_2418" align="aligncenter" width="396" caption="Lima: June 18, 2010: Hundreds take to the streets to protest exportation of natural gas to the United States. (AFP/Cris Bouroncle)"][/caption]
[caption id="attachment_2420" align="aligncenter" width="396" caption="Bagua: June 2009: Peru's worst political violence in years saw 23 police officers and at least 30 Amazon natives killed in a bloody fight against efforts to exploit natural resources on native lands. "][/caption]
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The concensus. With one exception, bloggers agree that the tap water in Peru is unsafe for drinking. Some of us boil the tap water and drink that; others of us only use bottled water. Skin Infections Tetracycline australia, I'm in the latter group.
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[caption id="attachment_2385" align="aligncenter" width="319" caption="A cuy (guinea pig) dressed up like a pilgrim. Don't ask me who dreams up these cards. "][/caption]
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Including dusty old polluted Lima itself.
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[caption id="attachment_2348" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="The estuary (La Arenilla) at La Punta; photo c. Armour Synthroid Vs paypal, Jorge Vera 2010"][/caption]
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I was all for it.
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Boats on the estuary, 10 soles per hour to rent; photo C. Jorge Vera 2010"][/caption]
By the next Sunday, at the tail end of October, I had convinced El Fotógrafo and his Limeño brother and other family members that birding at La Punta was something we all needed to do. The eight of us piled into several cars, 1000mg Armour Synthroid Vs, and the adults remembered to bring hats and sunglasses but forgot the most necessary thing for birdwatching: binoculars. ( I hadn't read the email with suggestions that Paz-Soldán had thoughtfully sent the night before.) Even minus the binoculars, however, we saw a lot of birds and had a very nice time, 250mg Armour Synthroid Vs, including 12-year-old El Hijo, who initially complained en route that he'd rather be home playing Super Mario Kart.
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We saw lots of gulls and some massive pelicans that dove and scooped up fish with their brightly colored beaks (above), Armour Synthroid Vs australia. My sister-in-law, La Organica, was particularly taken with a flock of delicate white birds that swooped together in mesmerizing patterns. (See below.) While El Fotógrafo took photos with his zoom lens, Armour Synthroid Vs india, El Híjo disobeyed the warning signs and climbed down into the estuary muck to poke for clams, for which he was scolded by a uniformed guard who made him get out.
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There was a fresh breeze, and everything had that clean seaside smell that subtly lifts your spirits and makes you want to eat piles of seafood, which we then did.
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Juan Pedro Paz-Soldán offered the following tips to me and El Fotógrafo:
+ Take (decent) binoculars: it makes a world of difference, Armour Synthroid Vs. Never buy anything for less than, say $50 as it will be a waste of money. I did well with $80 binos from Hiraoka for a couple of years, but that is the lower limit, 150mg Armour Synthroid Vs. Also wasted $110 in a poor choice.
+ Do some homework in www.avesdelima.com before heading out. It will improve the experience 200%.
+ Check the sections on wetlands, beaches and parks (in that order).
A first easy challenge is to learn to differentiate the 5 local seagulls, including the one that migrates from the U.S. central plains in Sep-Oct to the coasts of South America and returns to the north in Mar-Apr.
Remember that confidently identifying the small shorebirds are one of the hardest challenges. Feel proud if you make any modest headway.
Aves de Lima website: Detailed information on and photos of hundreds of birds that pass through Lima on their annual migrations (in Spanish)
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Nearly every large city in South America has at least one or two very good, if not excellent, Italian restaurants. What every city does not have is an authentic Italian trattoria -- a mid-priced, family-run restaurant that serves delicious, regional dishes in a casual, home-like setting.
Lima's Trattoria Napoli does just that, serving up first-rate southern Italian fare in a sliver of a building tucked in no-frills Surquillo. The trattoria is truly a family business: The owner's from Calabria (the toe of the boot), his wife keeps the tiramisu in the fridge next-door, and the ponytailed son-in-law can often be found munching on gnocchi with the grandkids at a nearby table. The homey ambience embraces diners, too: Eat here and you feel like part of the family -- welcomed and satisfied.
Owner Don Pasquale opened his first restaurant in the neighborhood six years ago, Metronidazole Plus Amoxicillin Combination us, on the corner of calles Los Paujiles and Tiendas, across from the Metro supermarket. Locals immediately became enamored of the well prepared pizzas and pastas, but the corner location encouraged a "to go" mentality that was at odds with the relaxing dining experience that Don Pasquale wished to foster. Three years later, the restaurant moved into a narrow space a few doors down, and a real neighborhood trattoria was born, Metronidazole Plus Amoxicillin Combination.
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Your waiter also will set out shotglass-size samples of sweetish red wine from the owner's personal winery. Metronidazole Plus Amoxicillin Combination, If you like it, you can order it by the glass or the decanter (full or half), another trattoria tradition. There is no wine list here, Metronidazole Plus Amoxicillin Combination canada, so if you're in the mood for a Chilean Merlot or an Argentinean Malbec, you'll have to pop over to the local Metro. Don Pasquale will happily set out glasses and uncork the bottle for you. Just be sure to pour one for him, too.
Other ways to start your meal include an Ensalada Caprese of tomato, basil and mozzarella (S/.20 & S/.25, Metronidazole Plus Amoxicillin Combination australia, prices in Peruvian soles), calzones, and large bowls of minestrone soup (S/.18) and meat cappelletti in broth (S/.20).
Most people come to Trattoria Napoli not just to nibble on appetizers, however, but to dig into big portions of lasagna, fettuccini, ravioli and other homemade pastas. Ravioli are stuffed with meat or spinach and ricotta, and any pasta can be topped with the sauce of your choice: a la crema, alfredo, pesto, puttanesca, gorgonzola, Genovese de osso bucco, spicy calabrese sausage, and others, Metronidazole Plus Amoxicillin Combination. Prices range from S/.20 to S/.30 a dish. (The pesto includes a steak on top for S/.30.)
My favorite sauces include a nutty cream (salsa nueces), which is great over ravioli, a creamy pesto, and an extremely flavorful Bolognese, which tastes like someone slaved over it for half a day, 150mg Metronidazole Plus Amoxicillin Combination.
Lasagna varieties (S/.25 to S/.28) include carne, ham & mushroom , vegetarian, four cheeses and seafood. They're served in square enamel dishes which are brought to your table from the oven, Metronidazole Plus Amoxicillin Combination craiglist, piping hot. Metronidazole Plus Amoxicillin Combination, Something that I order all the time, but which isn't on the menu, is eggplant parmesan. Don Pasquale's version resembles an eggplant lasagna, with slices of eggplant layered like wide lasagna noodles with parmesan cheese and olive oil (no bread crumbs). Just ask for the berenjena parmesana, and they'll make it for you. It is divine to pucchare (dip bread) in and has sustained me through three Lima winters so far.
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Daily specials such as Beef or Chicken Milanese (S/.25) and Oregano Chicken with Fettuccini in Cream Sauce (S.25) round out the entrees.
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You can also end your meal with a respectably strong cup of espresso or cappuccino.
Even paying the bill at Trattoria Napoli is pleasant. It'll run you about the equivalent of US $10 to $13 a person, including drinks, 750mg Metronidazole Plus Amoxicillin Combination, and you may very well leave with a doggie bag. What you won't leave is hungry. After dropping a tip for the waitstaff in the ceramic porcellino (little pig), you can let everyone know that you enjoyed your meal by ringing the bronze bell hanging by the front door.
I haven't failed to do so in the 15 or so times I've dined there.
--Barbara Drake, An American in Lima (review & photos)
Trattoria Pizzeria NapoliCalle Los Paujiles #190Near block 8 of Av. AramburLimatambo, SurquilloPhone: 221-0936 - 409*3202Delivery: 221-0936Tues - Sat: 12:00 pm - 11:00 pmSun: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pmClosed MondaysVISA and Mastercard acceptedTrattoria Napoli on Facebook
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My atonement: Will share datos on favorite little-known restaurant that I have purposely not mentioned in this blog prior to today because of fear that, once word is out, the smallish place will become overrun with nonlocals and I won't be able get a mesa and one of my oases in Lima will be ruined.
Selfish of me, yes.
Not reason enough to deprive restaurant of well-deserved publicity.