Bohemian Barranco: An Artist's Neighborhood

Barranco is already well-known as the Bohemian district of Lima, and here you will find the homes of Lima’s artists, poets and dreamers. Unsurprisingly, in such a neighborhood you will also find multiple examples of street art that reflect the creative nature of the residents, and it makes a wonderful place to explore more urban art. Read more..

Lima Welcomes to the Stage: The Vagina Monologues

Not words you’d expect to hear in Catholic Peru, but hear them I did at a packed-out Miraflores theatre. Non other than the internationally recognised play by Vagina Monologues has come to Lima. Now 20 years old, it took its time in arriving (the first play was in 2001), but judging by the size of the audience it is safe to say that there is definite interest among Peruvian women in intimate self-discovery. Read more..

Parque de las Leyendas: Petroleum and Sick Animals Included (Part 2)

As promised, I said that I would write a criticism of Legends Park to accompany the recommendable parts. A visit to the park in general is not a complete waste of time, however due to the state of some of the animals, I cannot recommend the zoo. In my personal opinion, all zoos, no matter in which country or which city, are not good places for animals to live in. This is not specifically a Peruvian problem by any means, but a global one. Read more..

Beans to Bar: An Afternoon at Chocomuseo

There’s not much in this world that’s better than chocolate. The taste, the smell, the melty texture…right now I want some (and I’ve only just had my morning coffee). But how many of us actually know the story behind chocolate, where it comes from, how it’s made, or why it takes the form of a bar today as it does? Read more..

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Meeting Peruvian Gandhi!

Today I met Gandhi. Well, of course not the real Gandhi, but the ‘Peruvian Gandhi’ as he is locally known, and is apparently his actual name (although I’m skeptical). Deep in the labyrinth that is Chinatown, up some stairs, round some corners, and past some beady curtains, you can find Lima’s look-a-like fortune teller, whose career path was decidedly different to the real Gandhi’s. Read more..

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