After a long, exhaustive, and mildly traumatic search, we have found a place to spend the next six months.
We’ll be living in a community district called Barranco. It’s not as famous as Miraflores or as spiffy as San Isidro, but its old, cleanish, close to the ocean, and has some good potential for activities in the local area.
The primary reason for the anxiety in searching for a place to live is that we have a limited timeframe, traffic is chaos, and its seems absolutely impossible to get good quality information about how most of the public transport goes from place to place. After countless ‘interviews’ with CUSO staff and volunteers, tourist information offices, bus drivers, workmates, police officers, and innocent bystanders we finally threw up our hands and decided to physically ride around on the likely looking buses while writing down what streets they drove down and how long it took.
Yes, I’m serious. That’s how we did it.
In the end, we stumbled across this lovely place that we’ll be sharing it with another CUSO volunteer, Maya. We had to look while Christina was busy, and so had to sell her on the place based on photos like this one. Now that we’ve moved in she seems to still be speaking to me, so I think we chose well