I noticed that the Spanish...
I noticed that the Spanish spoken in Lima is the easiest to understand in the whole of South America for foreigners who are learning the language. The diction is perfect and they speak slower. Forget conversing with a Chileno, they almost speak another language!
I bought new sun-glasses. The old ones were stolen in Amsterdam, and since summer 2004 I did not have sun-glasses. Nice glasses, with my diameters and 75% browned for 80 soles (20 euros) at Abencay street.
Via Expresa buses
If you have the hostel in Miraflores or Barranco, the chaepest way to get to the historical center is by public bus. There are several buses that follow the "Via Expresa" urban highway, so they go faster than normal ones. To catch one, just go walking to the Via Expresa, look for the bus stop and take it towards the north. In 15 minutes you will be at the center. 1,20 soles (0.30 cts of USD)
Heart on a Stick
What is Anticuchos? This word is a Quechuan word meaning cut stewed meat, or also known as beef heart on a stick. As an american, let me tell you, we don't commonly eat organs. But wow! Anticuchos are awesome! It's like perfectly cooked and seasoned filet mignon! I had to be tricked to eat this, I am so glad I was! I recommend this to anyone and everyone!
The Gold Museum
Owned by a friend of my husband's stepmother, so we got in for free, with a nice tour by Ivan. Admission is usually quite high - S./30 (about $10) according to our guide book.
The Gold Museum is a large collection of mostly pre-Inca gold pieces from around Peru. Formerly set up to dazzle (i.e. all the gold together), since the death of its collector (Miguel Mujica Gallo) it is now organized more archeologically, grouped according to civilization. In most instances, gold wasn't valued too highly by these civilizations in the way it was by the Spaniards. Exotic Amazonian feathers were more highly treasured than abundant, utilitarian gold.
Of course, the main draw now, though, is the gold pieces such as the Tumi in the picture. These were sharp blades used for brain surgery by coastal pre-Incan peoples, often with a decorated handle. Only one window in the whole museum actually contains Inca gold - which was removed by the conquistadors and mostly lost to the world.
Also on-site is a vast weapons collection (which you must pass through to get to the gold) and a big game trophy head collection.