Peruvian Volunteer Project: Day 1-3- Lima
We arrived in Lima at around eight o’clock on Thursday evening after a long day of travelling. We had a light dinner at the Residencia Universitaria Femenina, the university residence of the Teresian Association in Lima, before going to bed. This was within walking distance from where we were staying.
On Friday, we went to Colegio Isabel Flores de Oliva (CIFO), the Teresian School in Lima. We were given a tour of the school by members of the student council. Our visit coincided with a very special day for Peru. It is known as the ‘Day of the Flag’, which is a celebration of their Peruvian patriotism and love of country. We watched as the school performed a flag ceremony involving drums and marching banners and flags. Our visit was very interesting and everyone was so welcoming. Afterwards, we visited a pre-Incan, mud-brick temple and burial site. It was extremely interesting and we took lots of photos.
On Saturday, we went on a tour around Lima. We visited some of the famous buildings and churches and the bustling food market. The art and architecture was beautiful in the churches and we were all amazed by the detail. Afterwards, we went for lunch in a restaurant which had musicians and performers that showcased the traditional dances from the different regions of Peru. We had our first try of traditional food and were pleasantly surprised. We sampled dishes such as lomo saltado, and yuca chips. It was delicious and also amazing to see all of the traditional dances. We also joined in, dancing to the music. It was a great experience that we all enjoyed. In the evening, we visited Parque del Agua with its incredible water fountains. They were beautiful and really colourful. We all got soaked running through them but had so much fun.
On the final day in Lima, we celebrated mass and then went to an archaeological museum about the history of Peru, including the Incas. It was a great tour and we all learned a lot. Later that evening, we got the bus to Villa El Salvador and said ‘goodbye for now’ to Lima. We were so impressed by the city and it was a weekend none of us will ever forget.
Alexandra and Daniela- Peru Crew 2019