Pisco's mosquitos!!

Trip Start Jan 03, 2009
Trip End Feb 01, 2009

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

it was another early rise for lisa and i today. after a light breakfast, we said goodbye to huacachina and took a taxi out to the city of ica - located a mere four kilometers away to catch the bus to pisco. pisco is a small town famed for the local peruvian drink, pisco sour. however, more recently the town is famous for being the epicentre of the august 2007 earthquake killing hundreds.

the bus disembarked the two of us off at the panamericana highway rather than the town itself. once lisa and i alighted the bus, crows of sellers and taxi drivers accosted us - offering to bring us to the nearby ballestas islands... it was like china all over again!!... the two of us decided to grab a taxi and head to town. upon entering the town of pisco, we could not help but to notice the detrimental effects from the earthquake. a large portion of the homes were damaged or destroyed, there were an abundant of rubble piles in the streets, and gaps where you would imagine buildings should be... oh! and tuk tuks!!... the town is overflowed with these little three wheeled cars!!...

so it has now been over a year later after the earthquake and the town is still struggling to get back on its feet. rebuilding of the city has been delayed due to financial constraints. it is really all quite devastating. lisa and i have decided to do what we can to help out this town. we located a not for profit community based organization, pisco sin fronteras, and paid them a visit today. upon our arrival at their 'headquarters', we were orientated with two other newbie volunteers - leila and john, from ireland and new zealand respectively. pisco sin fronteras is helping out by rebuilding homes, schools, sanitation units and in addition helping out other community-based projects. after signing registration papers and waivers - all us newbies headed out for some lunch. leila and john are an amazing couple who have been travelling through south america since may.. having done volunteer projects in not so hot conditions... like the middle of a desert in bolivia and paraguay... props to people that can do that seriously! after lunch, lisa and i decided to see what the town had to offer... which turned out to be not all that much. the town of pisco is relatively small and definitely can be covered by foot... there are many sketchy areas in this town... the plaza de armes and the around our hostal is where i probably feel the safest... with the many police around patrolling the banks

speaking of hostels... so okay seriously?! what the eff!... our hostel room was polluted with mobs of mosquitos!!! ughhhh!! how vile!! it was so freaking insane - the two of us we went on a killing rampage... it was quite the work out jumping from bed to bed, chair to chair as they were all congregated up on the ceiling or higher up on the walls!! we probably annihilated a total of sixty, if not more of those little shits... go go mosquitobusters!!! aside from the mosquito infestation - the hostel is really actually quaint...

pisco is also used for tourists as a base point for visiting the abundant colonies of marine animals located at the nearby ballestas island as mentioned above.... where tomorrow i will be making a trip to see them on a speedboat... hopefully there will be no vomiting this time coming!
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