Exploring Lima v2.1

A mixed bag of outings for me, these last couple of months in Lima. I’ve been going out mostly with my school, El Sol, for a number of cultural excursions, trying to keep pace with spoken español, and only managing to understand 15-20%.

Mercado Surquillo: The local market for everything fresh and cheap and exotic.

Casa de Aliaga: You can pass it by without ever knowing the treasures it holds within. But Casa de Aliaga is a home in Lima Centro lived in by the same family over 17 generations, over 4 centuries, and is well worth the visit.

A walk through Lima Centro: Plaza San Martin and Plaza de Armas. I’ve been here before, and never tire of visiting the heart of touristy Lima in these colonial neighbourhoods. A ride on the Metropolitano bus service was an experience in itself.

The Procession of Señor de los Milagros: A half-baked attempt to capture the procession of thousands of people in purple robes, but we arrived too late and ended up running away midway to get our cafe and turrón fix.

Artesanal beer tasting: Helps to understand español better, of course.

My personal favourite: Walk through the graffiti in Barranco. It made my day to see an artist in action, and realise the quantum of talent and effort and art supplies that go into a street side creation. The artist in the photos below is painting under the bridge.

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En Presente Progresivo

With every new location comes great responsibility.*  To immerse in the local culture, make new friends, explore new activities, discover new facets of your own self.

This time, we’ve moved halfway around the world, to exotic Peru. Souvik has been here for a while, and I’ve only just arrived in Lima. Fully loaded with my city bicycle, a paltry supply of desi spices, and a smattering of essential Spanish phrases such as por favor and gracias. 

The last bit – that needed to change pronto – and a quick search led me to El Sol – la escuela de español – just down the street from home. Entonces, hace 8 semanas y un pequeño descanso que estoy aprendiendo español…

Remember that joyful moment in school after all the exams that you thought you were rid of grammar, tenses, moods, and after the appearance of computers, spelling even?

That has come back to bite me all these years later. In a new idioma.gra2.jpg

 

 

I try telling myself that learning keeps the mind younger. As schools go, El Sol is fantástico. But the preteritos and subjunctivos, objectos and pronombres, tareas (homework!!!) and examen are enough to drive me just a li’l crazy by the end of each week, and I look forward to the weekly pisco sour we share to toast the newly graduated.

The eyes need help to keep up. I have a choice of glasses for classes, and my best friend these days is the prescription progressive. Not a tense, just a lens.

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* Yes, you’ve heard that somewhere.