Day 24

Trip Start Apr 08, 2009
Trip End May 15, 2009

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Friday, May 1, 2009

We arrived in Lima at 7pm local time after a very interesting 19 hours. Upon leaving L.A we have never felt so uneasy in a plane as we did right after take off. The plane started making a funny noise, leveling out and not ascending further and we started circling back towards L.A both with a look of fear on our faces I am sure. The noise finally died down and sure enough they kept going as we started ascending up above the clouds on our way South. Upon arrival in San Salvador a vast majority of people were wearing masks for the fear of swine flu or possibly mad cow syndrome...(Just like good ole droplet season at work Yaz and Mindy). We got there at 7am and our next flight was at 255pm, after very random spurts of sleep on the previous plane we both felt like zombies. At last we made it to Lima and arrived to the smell of god only knows what, but it was awful (along the lines of low tide-dead fish times ten). However we were not near the water???? Also, as we got off the plane we were greeted by two ladies in gowns, gloves, and masks handing out flyers about sanitation protection. Made our way through the airport with ease and found a shuttle to the hotel. Now the story begins....Apparently the lines in the road mean nothing in Peru. According to mom it is a game of who has the biggest balls... People going in every which direction and flashing their lights, honking, and all kinds of interesting hand signals that we will use later. 40 minutes later we arrived at the hotel, yes without a scratch.. what a good driver we had. You know when the driver says other drivers are loco there is something wrong with that. (Sara, think of Mexico times 10) The hotel is lovely and an amazing roof top pool-bar area with cabanas (similar to those in your new second home Yaz). Had dinner at the hotel and have to say the presentation of it was amazing, picture worthy unfortunately the batteries were dead by that point. After dinner just relaxed a little before turning in!

Lessons Learned
1.Maybe the swine flu masks should be used for the Lima smell at the airport (luckily that was the only area with the smell)
2. Travel insurance is advised if you dare to rent a vehicle in Peru.(No Jake you dont get it all if we are bumped off)
3. Paint lines in the road are a waste of tax payers money here.
4. When flying on a trip to Peru make sure you take something to knock yourself out, spurts of sleep just dont add up well.
5. Gin and Tonic come in separate glasses when ordered in Peru
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