Last Day in Puno

Trip Start Mar 08, 2005
Trip End Mar 29, 2005

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Sunday, March 27, 2005

We decided to sleep in a little on Easter. We rolled out of the hostel at 11 or so. Then we met up with our group from the night before to have a little brunch. It's not quite breakfast, it's not quite lunch, but it comes with a slice of cantaloupe.

Actually, I think most of us did burgers and fries. We all needed a little grease to coat the stomach. Doreen and Stephen had to catch a bus back to Cusco in the afternoon, so Bev, myself, Nina, Giles and Tom all sat around the plaza in front of the cathedral waiting for some Easter mayhem to ensue. But none came, and so we just sat around and discussed the successes and failures of the world. Everyone was very well traveled so we got to hear about some really cool places: African safaris, picnics in Iran and Turkey, the magic of Southeast Asia. And Bev and I got a bit of a tan so that we could prove we had been abroad.

We parted ways with the Brits late in the afternoon and Bev was kind of enough to treat me to an extravagant dinner at a restaurant that accepted credit cards. There are only 4 places in Peru that take plastic, so it's a big deal. I had a four course meal and Bev had a nice soup and Lasagna, the whole thing setting her back $12 or so. Peru and Bolivia are all about eating cheap and eating well.

That night we had to pack up for our trek back to Lima. Monday would be a travel day, so we pretty much had to get ready to head back to the states. Easter didn't turn out to be as festive as I had expected. There was a small precession on Saturday night, and I'm sure some things happened early that morning as we slept, but it wasn't the all day extravaganza I expected. Heathens.

The next morning we had a flight to catch to Lima. No more buses for us.
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