Monday, August 3 was our first day in Lima after a long journey from London and Newport Beach, California. Nicole and I can feel it is the winter here with grey skies, lower temperatures and obscurity starting at 6pm in the evening until 8am in the morning.

We had a great introduction with TechnoServe staff and Andrei Belyi, regional Director for Latin America & Caribbean. TechnoServe is an amazing NGO with a lot of very well educated people working on amazing projects.

We learned about their presence in 10 countries in Latin America and projects around coffee and cacao. Their funding in Latin America is approximately $20 million a year and we learned where that money comes from. TechnoServe staff also introduced us to life in Peru and Lima.

Andrei and Patricia from TechnoServe took us to lunch at a local restaurant; we discovered all kinds of tropical juice.In the afternoon, a driver took us around Lima. Visiting Plaza de Armas, Cathedral and Monastery San Francisco, the casemates and the Malecon (beach front). We finished at Miraflores, the city’s bustling, modern hub full of restaurants, shops and nightspots, overlooking the Pacific from a set of ragged cliffs. The view of the ocean was amazing.

Finally we went to Osaka, a Japanese and Peruvian restaurant, for dinner. We sampled three different types of ceviche, their specialty. The food in Peru is amazing and very healthy with a lot of cuisine around fish, not a surprise for a city located next to the Pacific Ocean.

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