Day 12 of the A to Z April Challenge: L for Lima

14 April 2014

One of those funny things about words…. lima, lemur…. when you say them, they sound very similar. I wonder how the phonetic alphabet came to use lima for L? There would probably have been a few L words which would have popped into my head before that one. Anyway, it is what it is.

Lima is the largest city and the capital of Peru. When you Google Lima, the write ups are not all that positive, sadly…. The Peru Travel Adventure website talks of Lima being ‘large, noisy, polluted and shrouded in a misty coastal fog for much of the year’ and goes on to say that ‘despite the unimpressive landscape…. the friendly people, important historical sites, quality museums, and variety of dining and entertainment establishments make Lima a very interesting place to visit.’ An odd way to sell the place to potential visitors! And Lonely Planet does not provide any greater level of positivity either!

Lima is however the home of the oldest higher learning institution in the New World, San Marcos University founded in 1551. Lima actually has the highest concentration of institutions of higher learning in the continent. The National University of San Marcos, founded on 12 May 1551 during Spanish colonial regime, is the oldest continuously functioning university in the Americas. So there are some good things about the city….

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