SilverbackPeru wrote:I can understand how Peru can drive some folk a bit mad, I'm not one of Lima's biggest fans but it does have lot's of plus points going for it if you can afford to live there.
I'm still waiting for these plus points
can you explain? Anything besides food?
There is a awful lot of terrible buildings in Lima and it always makes you depressed but if you can afford to live in one of the better areas there's a lot of really nice old styled buildings to modern apartments. The nice apartments are designed with one section just being slide door windows which will usually lead onto a balcony over looking a park or even a rooftop garden if you are lucky. Those neighbourhoods are really charming, where you'll have little coffee shops and restaurants. Unfortunately where I lived it was mostly high end restaurants.
If you have the money to afford that you can have a really enjoyable life. It does cost a lot of money on every level thought, from the price of the house, to the increased price in supermarkets, corner stores and cafes by a quarter. Those neighbourhoods are incredible safe too.
If you want something different from your home country then it's nice to have all the different plants, humming birds etc that you will find in the parks. Again you can design buildings to be a lot more open in Lima that you can't in the U.K due to the cold. I'm not a big fan of most Peruvian food but I do love the seafood, you'd never get anything like that in the U.K. Same with Japanese fusion, although Japanese food is becoming more available back home.
You can't deny the history is amazing and it's everywhere. You are talking about a history where the old world clashed with the new world and not only that there is the civilizations before that.
I've always like arts and crafts and you can go around any of the markets here and find lots of bright colourful craftwork from ceramics to those woven furniture throws and hangings.
Peru's coast has got to be one of the most ugly places in the world. It's dead and nothing grows there but the rest of Peru (never got to see much) is amazing if you go. Great mountains, deep valleys, historical ruins, what's not to like about it!
I know some people blast some expats for not stepping out of the gringo bubble but i do like Miraflores a lot. Lots of character from the old colonial buildings to the street art you'll find on the walls of buildings. charming little cafes and restaurants and bakeries, the buzz of being in a multicultural global environment, meeting people from all over South America and the world. The malecon never gets boring. Park Olivar is San Isidro is another favourite.
I know you said the food but the posh restaurants are brilliant and a great time to spend time with the in laws or friends if you can afford it! Some are a bit too pretentious mind.
You can have a great life in the modern bubble parts of Lima. It's just in my view everything comes crashing down once you step outside of them and you have to face the endless social and developement problems that Lima and Peru has. Huge wealth divides, poor traffic infastruture, over crowded combis and buses, trash and litter everwhere, bombshell buildings with metal bars, dirt, pollution and of course the low quality of life as you have long working hours, not having much money in your pocket and having to live a hand to mouth lifestyle.