In June, Bonnie and I visited Leah who was wrapping up her 10 month stay in Lima. I had never been to South America before and it was such an awesome trip! Leah was the best host - she knew the city so well and planned the perfect trip for us. We had lots of fun exploring her neighborhood of Barranco - tons of great cafes (like La Bodega Verde and Dedalo Arte), shops street art and art galleries.
One of the major highlights of the trip was dinner at Astrid & Gaston - an incredible experience! We got the tasting menu with wine pairings and were there for 4 hours - shut the place down! Everything was incredible especially the staff - it was such an amazing way to kick off our time in Peru.
Lima architecture was beautiful with colorful buildings and cool old doors. It made walking around so fun - especially looking at all the old casonas. Many of the casonas have now been turned into clubs/restaurants that are packed at night.
This trip was one of my favorites - fun city with great friends! Definitely a highlight of 2017. The only downside was when I showed up at the airport and was told that Virgin America accidentally cancelled my flight home when they adjusted a flight on the way down. After some tears, an expensive last minute ticket and the night spent in the Lima airport, I made it home so it all worked out. After recovering from the jet lag, I reached out to Virgin and they have the BEST customer service! They repaid me for the cost of the last minute ticket (almost $2k!!) quickly and gave me additional money for my trouble.