To Arequipa

Trip Start Oct 13, 2007
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Trip End Feb 15, 2008


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Saturday, November 17, 2007

Up 635 for an 800 leaving but our tent was still the last down and I still ended up in the crappiest seat on the bus.  I was moved to another crappy backwards seat by the boys who wanted to play 500.   I couldnīt get the numbers to set up another 500 game so contented myself with teaching Anna and Keith how to play the game for future reference.  Where we stopped for lunch had an interesting aquaduct that just ran as far as the eye could see beside the road.  Was a bit worried for the dog that was running in it. Today was pretty much a driving day and we finally left the coast and began to gain some altitude ending up in Arequipa at our nice hotel at 440.  For the singles (on the trip) it was three to a room though and we were split up into different groups.   I was with David and Pindi (Eng, thin, dances a lot when he has to opportunity) but didnīt have a bed.  Sigh.  Told Jo.  Played fuseball with David until 630 when we all gathered together in the lobby and were taken on a brief walking tour of the city (a lot of the important buildings likre the cathedral aremadeof this lovely white stone and are very pretty- much nicer than Lima) ending up at a nice restaurant called Zig Zags at 730.  The specialty there is something called the trilogy which is a hot stone that has osterich, beef and alpaca meat on it.  The osterich was a bit tough but the beef was excellent and the alpaca lovely (maybe like venison, a lighter textured meat than beef anyway).  DRank a couple beers and a pisco sour (the raw spirit was not very nice (firewater) but with lemon, egg white and a whole lot of sugar it was much nicer!)  Around 1000 we leftthe restaurant but the bar next door was too full to take all of us so some of us split off to wander through town and 7 of us ended up at a balcony overlooking the main square drinking beers (gin or vodka for the ladies) .  Back to the hotel 1230 I was pleased (and maybe a little surprised) to see that I now had a bed!  Showered, bed 115.
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