A five penny piece

Trip Start Feb 14, 2007
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Trip End Jul 12, 2007


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Sunday, April 15, 2007

Our last day in Chile today was speant resting on the beach in Arica finishing our gripping book, we had (sadly!!) saved some of it to read, not wanting it to come to an end and hoping that Cathy and Tom would get together, and the book ended with them Holding hands and he stoked her hair. Then katie got stung by a horse fly, we think, the bite is gigantic and has swollen and is in an unfortunate place, unfortunate we have more travelling and sitting down!!!

San Pedro, which should be called Sand pedro was great apart from the dryness and minor sunstroke, which i got on friday 13th. We did many expedtions, all with different tour companies, which meant a variation in interesting tour guides. One, who wore a builders vest, just low enough to show off his "cool" chest tattoo and had long hair, grey on top and bleached on the ends, shaved obviously underneath. He said "yeah" at the end of every sentence, "we are going to bathe in the salt lake, yeah" "these are trees, yeah" "my name is kike, yeah" and then he told us "sometimes the lake is greenish blue, and other times its bluey green, yeah". he was nice though, informative, although he could have been making it up yeah. Then there was tubby gay juan, who was really nice and very good at his job, had hilarious manerisms. Katie and I got the giggles on one tour, of the Valley of the moon becuase there was a couple who both had long hair, blow dried and from behind, hard to tell who was the girl. he let his hair down in the wind, gave it a swish from side to side, before putting it up in a ponytail,  and I instantly thought "becuase i am worth it" loreal elvive.
My favourite tour was definately the star gazing, it was really awesome and so interesting and we actually saw Saturn, in the telescope, the sphere and the circle round it, it was so clear.
Swimming in the "Ojos de Cejar", salt lake was very funny, we kept bobbing around as if someone was pushing you up.
San Pedro was really interesting and as the auzzies would put it as "Vast". Very small mud bricked town, rustic and literally in the middle of nowhere. Which is why i thought it so odd, that on the way to catch our 12 hour bus journey to Arica i found a five pence piece on the floor in the sand, at dusk, in the desert. I can only think it is a sign of good luck for our trip accross the peruvian border tomorrow and that we arrive safely in Lima.
Lots of love to everyone
G
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