I'll have an Inka cola with my guinea pig please.
Trip Start Jan 28, 2005
26Trip End Aug 2005
A bumpy 9 hours later and at 03.18 a.m exactly (unless my watch is wrong, which is probably is cuz I'm always late) I had my passport stamped out of Ecuador and walked across the bridge and into Peru. Had to pinch myself as the headlights of the bus lit up the sign above my head that read 'Bienvenidos a Peru. Welcome to Peru.' Oh I have been dreaming of Peru for a long time. Machu Piccu, the Nasca lines, Tucume, Cusco, the Incas... So here I was then, a bit cold, my back a bit stiff and my bottom numb from the bus, striding across the border to this land I had dreamt of for so long. I climbed back on the bus, fell asleep and woke up in Piura at a more humane time a few hours later. First thing that struck me was the sea of rickshaws.. EH?? Rickshaws in Peru? That was not part of the curriculum when I was at school. Bemused by the sight of rickshaws Madeleine, Bryan (aka King Harald) and Sjoerd (aka Queen Sonja) moved from one bus to another and headed straight to Chiclayo.
The next three days were spent rather culturally I have to say, learning the difference between the Lambayeque and the Chimus, the Mochis and the Incas. A short but bumpy (yes, I know I will stop saying it now..) ride north of Chiclayo is the amazing archeological site of Tucume
ALthough the rides have been bumpy I have to say the bus rides here have been not too bad. Though the entertainment, well the entertainment.. If there is not a bad comedy dubbed in Espanish, violent kick butt films are on the menu. There seems to be especially one The Rock film that the drivers are fond of. Though the more I see it the better it actually becomes.. Did I just write that? Strangely I am starting to look forward to seeing The Rock or Jean Claude when I board a bus now
¡Gasolina! time again, though not the agreeable Daddy Yankee kind but the black-fumey-yucky-spewey-out-of-cars-kind. Cough. After a rather surprisingly pleasant 9 hour over night bus ride (we had two seats each and could spread out, whoopee !) though no blaring salsa music and sadly no violent Jean Claude Van Damme film to lull us to sleep we arrived in Lima. Hm, as with Trujillo not love at first sight I have to admit with Lima.. Then again, it was polluted, foggy, cloudy, coooold and a tad miserable. But we were not here to be miserable about the weather! We were here for more culture and for a rather special meeting.
5 years before me, Mom and Dad in Montana had an exchange student from Peru called Alejandro. Now I had heard about him and seen his picture on the wall. But never met him. Time to do something about that! So after months of emailing finally I got to meet my Peruvian ´brother´ and his lovely wife. We spent a great evening over dinner and beer getting to know each other
My mission to go to the cinema in every country I travel in has failed miserably, I haven't actually been to the movies at all for 3 months. So when Bryan mentioned that he'd like to go and see Star Wars I said I was desperate for the cinema experience and off we went. (Funnily enough the same movie, yes the one that is currently a box office hit all over the globe is playing on the computer next to me.. The copyrights law people must love the South American attitude to laws and regulations..) Ah, the smell of the cinema, the taste of the popcorn and Inka cola! The movie wasn't too bad either, though not quite up there with my favourite The Rock film.
I have actually not only arrived but spent the last 4 days in Cusco getting aclimatised to the altitude. But now my dears, I'd better get to bed (and I have probably sent you lot to sleep with my ramblings) I've got to be ready, able and willing at 4 in the morning.. I am such an optimist, sometime not a very realistic one.. I thought the Inca Trail would be a breeze to book. Turns out it ain't.
Oh, before I go - I forgot to tell you. I finally had some grilled guinea pig this evening. But I'll elaborate on that experience for you when I get back. I'll leave you with a picture proof though.
¡¡¡¡¡Horray!!!! ¡¡¡Machu Piccu next !!!