Thanks guys, its time to go while I still can...
Trip Start Oct 06, 2010
77Trip End Mar 14, 2011
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151 Backpackers, Miraflores
After lunch Gino and I said our farewells and I checked out of the hostel. I caught the Cruz del Sur bus (Bus Cama VIP flat bed) for my 16 hour overnight journey to Arequipa. The bus was like flying business class. Luggage check in, dinner and breakfast served to your seat and wifi. Great way to travel!! Though it does cost 50% more than 2nd class. (the equivalent of an extra 10 pounds)
I must shout out a huge thanks to Franco and Gino. It seems right to tell you a little about them both.
Franco is a trained lawyer who decided he want a change of lifestyle so he came to London around 2003-05. He traded his lawyer lifestyle for a job working in a cafe while he learned English. Talk about a change of scenery. After he did his time in London he returned to Lima and now has a job following one of his great passions football. Franco´s job requires him to watch and study everything about the Pervian football 1st division. From this he provides reports to a British firm that, shall we say uses the information for investment purposes.
Another of Franco´s great passions is music, rock to be specific. He has one of the best music collections I´ve seen and is totally mad for British bands such as Radiohead, New Order, The Libertines and many others.
Gino is in IT but seems to have a pretty flexible schedule. Though he was managing to do work and come and play with me while I was there. Gino is into his music the same way Franco is. They both go out to see a lot of bands. Gino´s other great passion is for travelling. He loves it, which goes a long way to explaining why we got on so well.
As Gino doesn´t get to travel so much he has asked me to tell you, that you´re ALL invited to Lima. He will personally be happy to show you around the city and take you to places that Gringo´s wouldn´t normally go. For him the opportunity to entertain a visitor makes him fell like he´s on holiday himself. I personally can vouch for his fantastic tour guiding skills.
Many people say that they don´t like Lima and try to get out of there as quickly as possible. For me personally I had a fantastic time. I had to leave because otherwise I would have just got harder to. Having local contacts has long been a preferred way to travel for me, and his case just emphasizes what a difference it can make.
Thanks very much guys.