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Travel Blogs from Arequipa
... whilst plucking out cactus spikes! (Tweezers on my swiss knife came in handy Paul and Donna!)
With our oasis in sight. A nice refreshing treat after a hard days work, we kept hard at it. Just half an hour to go we were told. The atmosphere changed dramatically. Now looking like a typical British winter, dark and grey, with a sudden chill to the air. All we wanted was to be home and dry!
The path become thinner and with that, it was steeper. One wrong step ...
... out again. Queued again. Asked to move to a different window. Had fingerprints taken, paid the exorbitant fee, and eventually, three hours after first walking in and about two hours after losing the will to live, got the stupid thing posted. Dear God it was a faff on!
Afternoon and night bus on to Cusco next, preparing ourselves for the 'navel of the world' and the Salkantay trek up to Machu Picchu...
... Matt who they call "Mateo" as male volunteers were not as common. The next day we learned that our tasks were not all fun and games as I was thrown straight into the nitty gritty duty of changing diapers (only females can change diapers leaving me with a good 6-7 dirty diapers in a row after the lunch time nap). We also got a lesson on how to do the laundry which involves hand scrubbing, washing (luckily they have a machine that gives a 9-minute cycle!), hand ...
... we're the bones and skulls. You could almost hear the internal groans as we were educated by one of the many university students that undertake the tours. I must say they do a fantastic job. They offer tours in many languages and are incredibly well informed. They are also quite assertive, instructing everyone to 'look at the details and then move on'.
The glazed eyed tourists drag their feet around willing the hour to be up so ...
... red pleather lingerie and tables of bloody goat heads.
Another funny thing about Juliaca is that everyone talks about it as if it were that menacing schoolyard bully that no one likes but that everyone is scared of. You hear all sorts of insults and complaints being hurled from people who live in and around Juliaca, but when you're actually there, everyone is clutching their purses with their eyes ...
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