Train to nowhere

In the centre of Barranco stands a very old train carriage, made in the UK in the late 19th century and instated on the Peruvian railway in 1909.

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I couldn’t resist wandering inside to what is now a cafe, and later at night a bar, the Cultural Expreso Virgen de Guadalupe. A veggie buffet awaited, washed down with a couple a Crystal beers. Built almost entirely of wood it was like a Swiss shed on wheels.

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I also managed too see the sea but I can’t share that with you as the mist was in, big time. Maybe when I return at the end of the month.

Pisco sour virgin

Everything I have read about pisco sours told me NO! Egg white is for making meringues not adding to a cocktail. Same goes for a prairie oyster…WHY?

Anyway for an early, light and safe supper…you know by now that I like to eat regularly…I decided to try the highly recommended Swiss cafe, La Tiendacita Blanca which is only a block away from my guest house.

The lightest thing I could find on the menu was the smoked salmon on toast with lime, capers and onion. Delicious. Given my recent fight with a bacon sandwich, I passed on what was described as “three little pigs” ( English ham, Serrano ham, smoked tenderloin, Edam cheese, organic lettuce [that will help], and mayonnaise).

imageAnyway one of the menu options cane with a pisco sour and as I have always argued that you must at least try, I felt my arm being twisted behind my back. Oh, go on then make that a pisco sour. So, I am a PS virgin no more.

Interestingly, I quite liked it. Possibly, because the hit of alcohol and lime juice would mask an egg yolk let alone the white. It is not dissimilar from a strong margarita or even a caipirinha..two of my favourites… so I may continue with Peru’s national drink. Two or three at altitude should be fun!!

Location, Location, Location

As I reached the coastal district of Barranco after a 45 minute walk from Miraflores I chanced upon what Kirsty and Phil would call a doer upper.

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The key to these types of properties is the location and then I noticed that the Spanish Embassy was on the next plot. Even better, the Relais et Chateau’s Arts Boutique Hotel B could be found further down the street.

imageAround the corner I did come across a potential issue, Damn big bugs in the area!

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On the road again

Back in the swing of it at last. The 12.5 hour flight was uneventful apart from the occasional child running up the aisle, a couple of babies crying, oh, and the lady in front of me vomiting for five hours. Usual traffic chaos from airport.

Finally arrived at guest house at 20.30 ( 1.30 am UK). Lovely building, perfect location, pity they imagedidn’t allocate some of the empty space in entrance hall to my studio room which was not big enough to swing a cat. A guinea pig maybe, before they ate it.

Anyway not to waste time a quick shower and out to get a drink! Looked around for a likely spot when suddenly I had an attack of the munchies. I was in no mood for being adventurous so when I saw the ubiquitous McDonalds M, there was no hesitation. A Big Mac y papas later and I was ready for that drink.

I lucked out again as I walked into the most crowded bar with people on waiting list for a table. As I only wanted a thirst quencher and was willing to stand …no problem. imageWhat a place. BarBarian, an artisan beer emporium with 25 craft beers on tap from 6% to over 8%. None of our 3.5% session rubbish here!!

It was reminiscent of Antares in Palermo, Buenos Aires which I hope to revisit next week.