Adventures in the capital

Trip Start Dec 26, 2004
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Trip End Jan 29, 2005


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Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Our adventures continue even though we`re back in Lima.

The day ater our return to Lima it was my grandma`s bda. She hosted a small party complete with a maid, abutle & two great cakes. I got to see alot o relatives I hadnīt seen in a long time. Good fun in all.

The day after that we had planned on going to the travel agency who had organised our entire 2 week tour for us to complain about a few things that occured while on our trip. Including (in no particular order)

- overcharging us by about 50$ US each for the complete tour from the price we had been told.

- reserving us twice on a flight back to Lima from Cusco with LAN Peru (the airline) causing the airline computerized system to cancel our reservations as penalty for double bookings so that when we showed up at the airport we had no seats reserved on the already overbooked flight! We had to stay on stand by for a couple of hours and luckily were ale to be squeezed into the last flight into Lima.

- forgetting to pick us up from the Lima airport to take us to our final destination of my grandma`s house and acting like they didnīt know what I was talking about when I tried to explain to them on the public phone at the airport that they were supposed to pick us up. Ended up paying for a taxi out of our own pockets.

- wanting to charge us the last minute flight we had to take from Arequipa to Puno because ofa strike that closed the main highway so we could not take the specified bus to Puno, without telling us in advance they were going to charge us.

- not telling us that the included dinner in our first destination hotel (Nasca) did not include anything we wanted to drink and then further get charged for it upon check out.

We think the chat with our agent went well. I will let you all know once I hear from her again. I hope it is positive feedback. Once we finished blowing some steam, we went to visit the gold museum. The museum itself is a must-see. Very impressive, it holds, many incan and pre inca artifacts made in pure or dipped in gold from earings to chairs. It used to be a private museum beloging to one man but he has since passed away and donated the museum and all its contents to some organisation.

Upon leaving the museum we were called over by this lady in a store who reminded us that we hadnīt returned her pen. She was right. Phil had borrowed a pen from one of the store clerks right outside the museum entrance and we had totaly forgotten to return it. We feverishly searched in both our bags but no luck. I proceeded to inform the lady in spanish that we were unable to find her pen and what would she like us to do. maybe buy her a new one. She got offended and started getting pretty mouthy and calling me names so I shut my mouth and sat down. I was not putting up with that. Phil proceeded to explain the situation and she didnīt get any nicer. Phil offered to buy her a new pen and asked how much it cost. The lady tried to rip him of by claiming it was 10 soles ( about 3$ ) of course he knew better than that and told her to forget it. We left the museum in a huff. While the lady laughed in the background. rying to catch a taxi on our way out wasnīt easy either. They all saw us as white people (even though I spoke spanish) and tried to totally overcharge us to get to our destination. When we started walking away they started lowering their price and when we turned around to discus i it was a good price and we turned back to the driver he brushed us off and told us he had another customer instead. Total attitude. We just kept walking trying to cool off from all the slack we had put up with within such a short time. uckily we found a taxi down a couple of blocks who was nice enough to tak us for the price we gave him (7 soles).

We went to this amazing restaurant called ASTRID & GASTON. It came highly recommended by my uncle. It was really good but maybe we shouldnīt have orderd an entrée and a main dish the bill was pretty high! well still low compared to Canada for a french resto type setting but expensive compared to what we had been used to. S if u do go to that restaurant in Miraflores, make sure to dish out a couple bills (in soles) for the meal.

Tomorrow we embark for Huaraz. Very last minute but looking forward to it!! 2 days and 2 nights.!

Donīt forget to keep up to date with Philīs perspective of our trip
http://www.travelpod.com/cgi-bin/guest_login.pl?tweb_UID=philippeb&tweb_tripID=peru2004&tweb_entryID=1106060700&tweb_PID=tpod
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