O Ye of Little Finance!
February 20, 2009 by rtwsenior
OH YE OF LITTLE FINANCE!
Hurry on down here to Peru! Particularly, Lima, from what I’ve seen of it so far, which is only a smidgen of the suburb, Miraflores, (Look at the Flowers?). Everything seems to be so very affordable and this is a very modern and swanky city. Oh, I saw its edges last night coming in on the bus, and they are not the least bit swanky, but if you´re looking for a way to live well on very little doh-re-mi, then it seems to be entirely possible here.
My glorious bus-cama (bed-bus) ride from Trujillo, Peru, to Lima cost me $20 (Senior Discount)…it´s $26 regular price…for an eight-and-a-half hour ride in sheer comfort, which included three gentle movies, such as Evan Almighty, and plenty of food and soft drink served by an attractive stewardess. The three-course meal was similar to, but better than, airline food. Also, we were given two snacks towards evening. Apparently, many bus companies offer this class of bus,so I hope to ride them often.
I had reserved the Home Peru Hostel on the internet, so I taxied right there after dark and discovered myself in a fine colonial mansion turned hostel for $8 per night. That´s in a mixed 8-bed dormitory with shared bathroom, to be sure, but there´s only one other person in there at the moment. I decided to take myself out of seclusion and all the private rooms I’ve been luxuriating in since my cold, two weeks ago. Gonna get a little more social to weather the coming Carnival, which apparently, isn’t too crazy in Lima. Sunday will be the big day.
Now, I have discovered (thanks to the gang at the breakfast table this morning) a multi-plex cinema with movies that still have the English attached, so I am going to my first one right now for a Sr. discount cost of a little over $2. How´s that? First run movies too, and I am so starved for such. It´s hard work trying to understand the ones on the bus which are dubbed and subtitled, but with no English evident, though they are American films, albeit mostly violent ones which I don´t want to understand anyway.
During my fun days in Lima, I´ll be trying to discover what sort of bargains one can find here. Oh, the supermarket has more yummy-looking food and very cheap, but high and healthy quality. Plus, I may go interview the upscale hotels and ask them bald-facedly just how much of a bargain they are willing to give an American tourist in this abysmal age for attracting anyone at yesterday´s prices.
Okay! I´m off to my two-dollah show!