During the last two weeks we had the opportunity to visit two interesting places in Lima, both related to water. On a cool Thursday evening we accompanied a couple of good friends to see the “The Magic Water Circuit” or more accurately El Circuito Mágico Del Agua at La Parque de la Reserva in downtown Lima. The Hansen’s are coming to the end of their two year mission in Lima and had a couple of extra things to see on their bucket list. We were happy to spend some time with them, and see some local attractions as a bonus.
This water park is a famous attraction which has the Guinness Book record for the largest fountain complex in the world, with 13 separate fountains around the beautiful park. All of the fountains have special lighting at night, many with continuously changing colour schemes. There is also a colourful laser light program synchronized with classical and Peruvian music as the water flows in unique patterns and shapes.
One fountain complex is particularly for children. Just like everywhere else in the world add children and water and you get a lot squeals of delight. Bear in mind it was a cool night (perhaps 13 C) and the children didn’t have bathers (swimming suits for our American friends). But that was no barrier as they ran through gushing spouts and fountains, often erupting unpredictably to add to the suspense. They must have been freezing, but they had fun.
A few days later, accompanied by a few other friends, we went with the Hansen’s to the last thing on their list. To be fair it is probably the last thing on everyone’s list, including ours. I doubt it is in any tourist books. Early last Saturday morning (6 am) we drove down to the main fish market in Lima. It is hard to describe in words, but it is an outdoor market with hundreds of stalls selling all types of fish, including shell fish, saltwater and freshwater fish, shark, octopus, etc, etc. There were hundreds of people working moving the fish from trucks to stalls and to cars. Add to this mix were the many people there buying fish. In the photos the people wearing blue are the workers, those not in blue are the customers .... we are the different looking people:) We were just wandering around taking in the sights and smells (did we mention the smell?) I think that we must have stood out a bit, walking around, taking photos, not buying fish, and making comment about the smell. Soon we were joined by one of the security staff who gladly accompanied us around and even gave us a bit of a tour. Elder Hansen was like a pig in mud, he just loved it. The rest of us thought that at least it was something we could write home about.
The fish market had a lingering effect on us all. Although we made sure not to touch anything our clothes stunk of fish back home. We washed them, showered, and even had to put our shoes in the washing machine. We didn’t have fish for dinner.
This Saturday night all of the senior missionaries in the Area Office in Lima joined for a farewell dinner for the Hansen’s who leave tomorrow and the Murray’s who leave in four weeks. We have grown close to these two couples as we have not only worked together in the office, but worked together each week in the branch presidency for the English speaking missionaries in the Missionary Training Centre.