One day we received an e-mail message from Millie Coquis of the Living in Peru staff thanking us for our contributions to the site. Over the weeks that we were outside of Lima we continued to correspond. Our lifestyle has fascinated Millie and she has set up a dinner with herself, her boss, Carsten Korch, and a reporter from the El Comercio, Milagros Leiva Gálvez. It was really fun to meet the people behind the Living in Peru website and share a meal.
Millie Couquis is on Dimitri's right, next to her is Mily Leiva and next to Audre is Carsten Korch
As we were planning our trip to Northern Perú, we considered going as far as the beaches almost at the Ecuadorian border. We know that we only like tropical beaches and very warm water so the Peruvian beaches would be “iffy”. We were also thinking of going to Ayacucho. It is supposed to be very ethnic, colorful and interesting. However, we were nearing Easter. Semana Santa, the week before Easter, is one of the major festivals in Ayacucho. It draws crowds from everywhere. Not only would it be impossible to negotiate a good hotel rate, we might not be able to find a good hotel room at all.
In the end, we decided to drive to Trujillo and visit the archeological sites around there during Semana Santa. During our stay in Lima, we had our Pentax digital camera repaired at a shop on 28 Julio because it had gotten wet inside during our Ceiba Tops stay. It started working again but Carlos, the owner, said that there was something wrong with the on/off button too. He wasn’t sure how long it would work. We always say we will never spend the time or money to repair electronics. So why do we?
We put off our departure from Lima for a day when it looked like a sore on the bottom of Audre’s foot that had started hurting while we were still in the jungle was getting infected. Dimitri asked about a clinic at the front desk of the Sol de Oro and they said that paramedics would come to our hotel. It turned out to be a small infection that was cleaned out right in our hotel room by paramedics. We had seen on many hotels' lists of amenities that "medical services" were listed. We wondered about that. It turns out that the hotels have an insurance contract with an ambulance service. The ambulance comes fully equipped and the paramedics bring what they need to the room. There was no charge. Pretty cool.