This is a quick narrated video of the plaza in front of the cathedral where we came to work every day while installing the organ.
During the one day I actually had some time to walk around, I attempted a hike down to the beach. This is a quick video from the trail showing the beach...but also the six lane highway with no way to cross! Anyway, I hiked back up and walked the other direction and eventually succeeded in making my way to the beach.
And, I finally did make it down to the beach and the pier. You can see the surfers in their wetsuits braving the winter surfing (although the winters are quite temperate), the rocky beaches, and the neighborhood of Miraflores above the cliffs.
This was a fairly typical night getting in to work. With the world cup happening, the square was jam packed and there was live music and giant video monitors. Check out that singer's vibrato! To gain access to the cathedral after hours, I would knock on the 'door within the door' - a little sub door of the giant 30 foot cathedral door using one of the knockers. There were other, larger knockers, but apparently they're so loud that they give the security inside a tremendous scare, so I used the little knockers. Notice the dark, moody, atmospheric lighting I had to work by. I wanted to shoot a single continuous video from my arrival in the square up to the organ, but as you can hear I get interrupted on my way up to have a discussion about playing for mass the following morning - in a language I don't actually speak!
And here is the continuation where I walk up the winding stairs (in much better light than before), show the old console of the 1855 pipe organ, and then walk out to our new console.
And, voila! The cathedral doors open for mass. What would you say the door is - 30 feet, 40 feet tall?
There's a scale model of the cathedral at the back of the nave.
There's a view down the nave. I really should have taken more pictures, but, well, I was kinda busy installing an organ!
Here's the fountain in the center of the downtown plaza by night. I think this is just before we got run out by police carrying machine guns...they had closed down the plaza for reasons we still don't yet know but we suspect related either to a political protest or to the World Cup.
The cuisine in Lima is pretty heavy on the carbs, and we felt like we could use some protein. It turned out this place had a 'meal for two', but as you can see from the mound of chicken, steaks, pork chops, sausages, and even stranger things (I think there were gizzards and pig ears in there as well!), it was actually more like a meal for four. But at least it came with a salad!
I'm not much of a coffee drinker, but I had to switch to working nights for voicing in order to have the cathedral while it was quiet and empty of tourists, I quickly discovered I needed some coffee. This is a flat white from our neighborhood coffee shop, Puku Puku, and you can see the talent of the baristas as they make art with the frothed milk.
Just a view down the cliffs of Miraflores to the ocean.
In the little park through which the path to the beach leads, this immense sandstone statue of a couple passionately kissing in a rather conspicuously horizontal position grabs the eye.
Here you can see the rocky beaches of Lima, and one surfer making his way out with many more in the distance, little more than black specs to the eye. To the left is the pier with a beautiful restaurant at the end.
That's us with our new friends in Lima. In the center is Bishop Chau, the rector of the cathedral.