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Travel Blogs from Piura
"Right, once everyone else is back sat on the bus, we'll give you a sign and you can hurry over and squeeze in. Keep your heads down if the Police walk past".
So went the first experience on Peruvian soil.
To get from Cuenca (Ecuador) to Piura (Peru), it was advertised as a simple, single bus journey. However, after 20 hours in transit, I didn't experience this.
It started well enough for the eleven of us on the coach, reaching the border crossing at 1.30am. ...
... the Andes, but it still required an ingenious technical solution - a series of `switchbacks`or places where the train would advance up the mountain and then reverse on a changed set of tracks in the opposite direction to continue the climb.
Again, as with the Panama Canal, a humbling 2,500 men lost their lives building this railroad, the majority forced labourers form Jamaica and Barbados. The rails were bought in and shipped from London. The modern ...
... fruits before it turned out really good!
After some really impressive experiences the last few days, the next day would be our last day in Piura so it is time to say goodbye to our Amigos Temporales! We had a special and splendid time together, and with all impressions of the voluntary work, we have enriched our experiences in a special ...
... settled. Piura, here I come!!
There have been ups and downs, acquaintances and true friendship, hard work and chillouts, mass (here i mean an actual church mass) and more.. fun, I guess. I have seen the beaches of northern Peru (famous for its surfing spots) and its fairly wealthy inhabitants, and I've seen the more or less brutal reality of life for the majority of the people here. I was astounded of how separate their worlds are. I was talking to a woman ...
... like Seco de chabelo,
algarrobina-based drinks, many types of seafood and fish, like ceviche and Natilla Sweets.
Popular crafts are the Chulucana Pottery and Catacaos is famous for its
"Hats" and "Silversmith" arts. The small town of Simbila, is ...