Day 19

Trip Start Dec 09, 2005
Trip End Dec 31, 2005

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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Getting to Trujillo, We had our first experience with the Peru Bus system. Oi! I, (Marisha) got a scratch on my leg that got infected in about 2 minutes. The Greasy, smelly Peruvians that sat in front of us, smashed us with their SUPER-reclining one else seemed to have. Picture: our seats do not move or recline At ALL.Theirs, special? broken? recline all the way - and we mean all the way. Their heads were in our laps. ("Tough Luck Gringos - hahahaahahaha") . So we are cruisig along, trying to sleep while War of the Worlds blaired so loud  the TV vibrated (Didnt now Tom cruise could speak fluent Spanish. At 1 am, Our Bus crashed into a pile of rubble that was randomly placed in the middle of the highway. Little Peruvians were flying up into the air and screams woke us up. The bus was now high-centered on top of the rubble pile which broke through the radiator, and punctured a tire. Turn an 8 hour ride into 12. Amazing how normal these incidents become. If you even plan on self planned travel, throw your time schedules out the window and roll with it. This was way more entertaining.   Hoards of little Peruvians were trying and push the bus as it teetered ...liquids spewing all over the place. And here we are, Standing on the side of the road, in who knows where...watching it all happen.  Taxi cabs started circling like sharks, picking up people that knew where they were going. No one could tell us where we were. I dont know how many other ways we could ask where we were or how far waway we were from Trujillo. Long story short, hours later we were bussed to an undisclosed bus station, where we Ended up sleeping, well not IN the bus station per-say, but outside, lights turned off,  while the station mamager went back to bed, in white plastic lawn chairs, locked in by a giant fence, alone...until 6am the next morning. (Mind you, we were supposed to arrive at 11pm - so time tables be gone.) The best part is, we had NO idea where we were...couldnt speak a lick of Spanish or we didn't dare venture out until the bus station opened the next morning. And it gets even better....we then hailed a cab, told him the name of our hotel and he drove about 4 blocks and stopped.  Seems we were a 5 minute cab ride from the town we wanted to be in where the bus crashed and 4 blocks from our actual hotel while we slept in the cold dark of the ababdoned bus station lot. Oh the joys of travel. Most exciting 30 sols ($3) we've ever spent.

WELL, ANYHOW...Trujillo is so much better than we expected it to be. Very colorful and beautiful. A colonial city with brightly painted architecture and a relaxed feel. We spent one day in downtown area and took a day tour of 2 ruins. Very different than the ruins we've been seeing. These are OLDER than the Inca sites we saw around Cuzco and Machu Picchu. Not as grand, but still impressive given their age. (See album).

Brian got the Guinea flu. Had to hold up for a night in our hotel room in Trujillo first night. Ironically, we caught the Husker bowl game on Spanish ESPN. Go Huskers! What are the odds? Thanks for tuning in. Chaio!
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