Deepest, Darkest Peru

Trip Start Sep 20, 2007
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Trip End Dec 20, 2007


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Saturday, September 22, 2007

Hola!

First thing to note about South America - I need to learn Spanish. Eep! Guess I knew that already but I feel like I should know the language here, and people expect it, unlike in Asia where its very well understood that westerners won't know their  bizarre languages! So far coping with my very very limited knowledge, but def needs work.

I arrived at the airport last night, an hour late at 2215. I was rather worried that my airport transfer may have gone as we were late, but no worries, turns out there was no-one there in the first place! Hmm, first problem with not speaking the language, guess the woman at the hostel didn't understand my request. So I phoned the hostel and spoke to the man there. Didn't get off to a good start: Me - Buenos dias, hable ingles? Him - no, hablo espanol. Excellent... so i replied that I didnt speak spanish and it went very quiet so i thought he had gone to get someone. After a while it was still silent  so I said hello, and it turns out he was still there, I guess just waiting for me to speak! So I tried to speak spanish... and after about 30 seconds it became clear that his limited english was better than my pathetic spanish so we switched to that :o) not knowing spanish for "airport transfer" was a slight problem,but I kind of got the message across and he, thoroughly unconcerned, said, oh yes, I phone taxi for you. Hmm, handy. So I waited for a while adn there was no sign of a taxi with my name on it, so eventually did what I should have done in the first place and got myself a taxi. I had been trying to avoid it as they can be dodgy but I got an (expensive) official taxi and it was fine. The driver was very nice and was teaching me some words of spanish on the way. I was juts trying not to fall asleep!

Got to the hostel eventually, checked in fine and went straight to bed. Fell asleep instantly, and all was great until 3am when my body realised it was 9am in england therefore time to wake up. Uh-uh, I think not. I valiantly refused to listen and went back to sleep,but woke up every hour until 8am when I gave up and got out of bed.

Entonces (and so - need to practice the spanish), to my first day in Lima. Met some people over breakfast - an old british couple and a dutch girl. The british man asked me where I went to uni, and before I could reply said "Oxford?"  Apparently he could tell from my accent :oS

Other than that not much to report - went for a wander around Miraflores (the suburb I'm staying in), saw a flower festival, a nice church, the sea (huge waves, watched the surfers), some big shops. I thought everything was really cheap in the shops, and then realised that I was converting as if there were 65 sol to the pound not 6.5 - oops. Nice restaurant for lunch. Spent the late afternoon and evening lazing around reading a book, I'm still exhausted. think I might have a very early night!

Haven't quite got back into the swing of the travelling thing yet, the hostel is very quiet so havent met anyone really. But, I'm pretty chilled out and happy :o) going to get the night bus tomorrow to Arequipa and I've booked into a very social hostel there :o)

So all is good, missing home and all you guys but its ok :o)

Lots of love xxx
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