Touring by Bike South America, Africa and Europe by Bicycle

Touring by Bike
Day 3. Lima, still waiting for the bike

Position: Lima
Position (of the bike): New York, according to Air France
Kilometers today: 0
Kilometers total: 0
Man of the day: Jonathan
Bad man of the day: probably someone from AirFrance
Lady of the day: –

Spanish world of the day: lejo (far). Because I probably summed up 20 Km of walking in the afternoon.

This is starting to be so annoying. They called me from the airport this morning just to let me know that the bike is still not here. Since it remained in Stockholm (why ?) someone (who the hell?) decided to send it via New York, with United. Of course, in US the bike has to clear the custom. That means they will open the cardboard box and that means that the things that were not directly attached to the bike will get lost:

– the front wheel
– the saddle and the saddle pipe
– the tent
– the front fender
– the Tubus Tara front rack

Clearing the customs in US means also that the bike has to stay there one more day (at least). The lady from the lost luggage office called United and talked to them while she was on the phone with me, she said that she asked United for a written confirmation that the bike will be put on the plane for Lima. But I can see a bored guy in New York not giving a damn for a stupid bike of a stupid guy, waiting in Lima (“what is that, Lima, is McDonalds’ latest dish ?”).

I’m soon going out for a lunch and maybe a visit to AirFrance. And maybe a visit to the Romanian Embassy, to ask about the Visa.

Buses of Lima

Buses of Lima

Buses of Lima

Buses of Lima

Buses of Lima

Buses of Lima

Update: Had lunch and coffee with Jonathan, a Canadian traveling South America for five months.
Than, I walked to AirFrance office in Lima, av. Alvez Calderon 185, quite a long walk I should say. Took pictures of the mini vans. At the AirFrance office, of course they told me that they don’t know anything about the bike, I filled a claim for compensation for the period when I’m stuck in Lima.

From AirFrance I walked to the Romanian Embassy, just to see that it is closed, is only opened Tuesday and Thursday (apparently you also need a booking). From here, a long walk to the historic center of Lima, stopping by Museo de Arte de Lima (MALI). Very small, only three rooms, so the visit took about 30 minutes. The historic center is crowded, but highlighting Plaza de Armas, one of the most beautiful, if not the most beautiful “plaza” I ever saw. I was really worth the 15 km walk from Miraflores.

Back, I took a taxi to Parque de la Reserva, to see the water fountains. Initially, the taxi driver didn’t know where it is. I thought my pronunciation of the name is wrong, but it turned out that now is called  Parque de Aqua.The show of water, light and music was impressive.

Plaza de Armas, Lima

Plaza de Armas, Lima

Parque de Aqua, Lima

Water Fountains in Lima

Parque de Aqua, Lima

Water Park – Parque de Aqua, Lima

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is not my video, but just to have an idea:

At 22:30,  I left for Miraflores, but since it was late I took a bus for 1 Sol. You know this people in front of the restaurant inviting you inside ? Well, there was this lady yesterday seeing that I’m looking at the menu and she asked me: ¿quieres comer…o quieres sexo?  (do you want to eat or …sex) Huh ?? it took me 50 meters to get rid of her with all her proposals. I wanted to ask her if she can provide me a bicycle, but than it would’ve been really impossible to get rid of her.

Out eating at “La Plancha”

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