Road Warriors: What a Month It's Been
Trip Start Aug 22, 2012
63Trip End Jun 16, 2013
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These long bus trips are getting to me. I am at risk of dehydration due to my long held aversion to public bathrooms especially ones that are not clean. If I don't drink anything, I don't need to use them. In fact a number of my hang-ups have been tested lately
Which leads us to another area of tension. I like to spend a little extra money once in awhile for some of the, what I consider to be, delights of life - food, accommodation, clothing, jewellry. Jim doesn't share this practice. In fact he delights in saving money on most things except perhaps photography equipment. I remember a time camping on a Nova Scotia beach being eaten alive by mosquitoes and sand fleas. As we were falling asleep to the sound of the waves, he said to me, 'it doesn't get any better than this'. I imagined staying at a spa resort with a big comfortable bed, curtains waving in the breeze and a cocktail beside me and thought, 'who is this man I have married?!'
Our Spanish seems to be getting worse
So as we begin to experience a bit of travel fatigue, we bump up against some of our differences and our own stuff. What's the saying...'everywhere I go there I am'? And as we find our rhythm and adjust to the changes and challenges, we become once again more resourceful and build our resilience. And, hey, we are back to enjoying the travel.
I am done whinging so will return to reporting our travels...
Two nights in Cuenca was probably not long enough, however, we did go to one of the most interesting museums we've seen, wandered through a colourful flower market and ate the best meal EVER at Tiesto's (an extraordinary experience of ambiance, service and delicious food).
We arrived in Loja late afternoon on Sunday after a 5-hour bus ride, preparing to stay one night before heading on a 9 hour cross-border bus to Piura, Peru. Little did we know that Loja virtually shuts down on Sunday and is a bit of a dive. We found a cute little place that was serving 'cuy' – which is the delicacy of guinea pig. I decided to try it so ordered a half of one. There was maybe 1.5 ounces of meat on that sucker! Anyway, it was tasty and worth trying. I think part of the treat is the skin but it seemed very thick and tough so I didn't eat it.
Now in Piura, which we don't like at all so have holed up in our clean room :) and spent the day napping, reading, writing, doing yoga (me) and processing photos (Jim). Tomorrow we are flying straight to Cusco where we will hang out to acclimatize for a few days before heading to Machu Pichu. The full moon is on Sunday Sept. 30 and we are hoping to be up there for that. Time to get to the best of Peru!