And now for something slightly different.
I don’t usually write about things that are easy to find on TripAdvisor or Lonely Planet.
One, because I’ll never beat them in Google, and two, because the kind of information asked on those sites is generally easy to find in 100s of other places on the Internet.
But when I Googled “best/interesting markets in Lima” today, what popped up was, frankly, wrong…
Times have changed. Latin America has changed. I’ve changed.
Cities in Central and South America have a tendency to go through ebbs and flows. A great city to live in today might not be a great one tomorrow.
Take Medellin for instance. In the early 2000s, this was the place to live in Latin America. If you were brave enough to venture down to recently drug-war torn Colombia, as one of the few foreigners, beautiful women would be throwing themselves at you as you enjoyed an incredibly low cost of living and year-round spring temperatures.
And then word got out.
Ladies and gentlemen, my time here is drawing to a close.
And I’m here to tell you what I think about living in Lima, Peru.
It’s taken me a long time to form a coherent opinion about living in this city – at first, I didn’t know what to make of it. And upon arriving I made no secret of the fact that I had my doubts about Lima.
But after nearly 6 months in Peru’s capital, I think I’ve finally figured the place out a bit.
As those of you that read my last post will know, I’m now in Lima.
Well, I’ve been here almost two weeks now and to be honest I’m having a few doubts as to whether or not I made the right choice.
“First Impressions” isn’t quite an accurate title – this is actually my third time visiting Lima – but the other two stints I did here were short, and I was mostly focused on eating ceviche, getting smashed on pisco and trying to get pussy (noble pursuits, I know). I stuck exclusively to two neighbourhoods, Barranco and Miraflores, and didn’t even really take the time to do currency conversions to determine what anything costs. In short, I really just skimmed the surface.
But now that I’ve got a bit of a feel for the place, I’m beginning to wonder if I really want to commit to several months here. Perhaps my two previous times here on ‘vacation mode’ have given me an inflated impression of how good Lima is.
I’ve often entertained the idea of living in Lima.
The girls are sweet, the food is excellent and it boasts a reasonably low cost of living by Latin American standards.
During my recent trip, I decided to check out the real estate. I wanted to see how much it would cost to rent an apartment in Lima, and how difficult it might be for a foreigner without residency to accomplish such a thing.
Here’s what I discovered: