Hurts So Good...

Trip Start Oct 06, 2004
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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

So I have made it back down to sea level again, after a week of trekking in Cordillera Blanca. I'm in Trujillo, kind of a forced stop since that's where the bus went. Anyway, Trujillo is nice enough for a day or two. It's a decent sized city, and Chan Chan (the Chimu Kingdom), a UNESCO World Heritage site is just outside the city center. So I stay long enough to visit the vast site of adobe structures as well as Huanchaco, a tranquil town not far from Trujillo along the Pacific Ocean.

But it is time to make a move towards Ecuador in order to meet my younger brother. I'll more or less skip the rest of northern Peru, and head straight for the border later today (yes, it's a long-haul). I could have easily spent more time in this part of Peru, but I cannot see everything, and then I don't have many days before I have to be in Guayaquil.

I mentioned before that I am really looking forward to the company of my brother. The plan is to be traveling "juntos" for close to three months. A different experience all together. Me, a solo traveler no more. When I set out on this trip almost a year ago, I kind of wanted to travel on my own (well, I didn't really have anyone to travel with). And I must say that it's been wonderful experience. Doing what I want, when I want it. Like a spoiled brat. I have of course met tons of people on this trip, but lately I have been traveling mostly on my own. While in Central America at the start of my trip, I more or less traveled with other backpackers for three months. I still meet people all the time, but we usually split up after a day or two, heading in different directions or something. I think the reason I was able to travel with different people for so long in Central America, was because I traveled much faster. Now I typically stay a bit longer in a place, so the people I meet usually move on before me. Another reason is probably the places I stay in. I have said many times before that I don't like dorms (although it is usually a great place to meet other travelers), and I don't spend much time researching for popular backpacker hostels (there's tons of popular hostels in Latin America, many of them new and not mentioned in any guide books, hence you need to hear about the place from others or find them on the Internet). So I may just as well end up in a hotel who haven't seen guests since they opened a decade ago, as in a hip shoestring hostel.

As a side note, earlier today in a local Trujillo restaurant I heard "Hurts So Good" by John Mellencamp again. I have heard it lots lately on the radio, and also watched the music video several times on TV both in Bolivia and here in Peru. Considering it being a hit from 1982, it has taken a few years to travel down here (maybe it is just well traveled and are visiting Latin America for the second or third time). Thought I should mention this, as my big brother is a huge Mellencamp fan and kind of made him famous in Elverum during the Eighties.
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