Beach days

Trip Start Oct 16, 2012
Trip End Apr 20, 2013

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Flag of Peru  , Lambayeque,
Wednesday, January 2, 2013

We spent two days in Pimentel, enjoying the little town by the sea.  On New Years Day we could hear music coming from the beach and went to explore, to find about one million people there. As far as we could see the whole beach was packed, with families enjoying the seaside. There was barely a patch of sand without someone sunbathing, building sandcastles or playing volleyball. We walked along the beach for a couple of kilometres and weaved our way amongst the thousands of people, enjoyed an ice-cream and watched the families enjoying their day off at the beach.  It felt like a really nice atmosphere and it seemed like a real Peruvian ritual to head to the beach for New Years Day.  Along with the celebrations from the night before with the beach fires and fireworks, everyone seemed to prioritise family time over the New Year and having some beach time fun.  It seemed like a welcome contrast to the western world ritual of getting drunk and spending New Years Day with a raging hangover.

We had only intended to spend one day at the coast but were feeling tired and decided to rest for another day, instead of continuing our way through the desert. The town had a walkway along the front, with numerous small restaurants looking out to sea. We spent the majority of the time chilling out on the beach, spending time researching our trip or looking on the internet but also doing some chores on the bikes.

We spent the evenings walking along the beach front and grabbing a couple of beers whilst watching the sunset.  When we returned to the hotel in the evenings we chatted to the son of the hotel owner.  He was 31 and an English teacher. He was more than happy to chat to us about Peruvian culture and also to spend some time trying to improve our Spanish language skills.  He was really patient and gave me a renewed interest in trying to learn more Spanish.  At the moment, we know enough to get us by and to arrange food/hotel rooms etc but it would be nice to be able to have proper conversations with people and to try to learn more about their situations and daily lives. 

We will head back out on the bikes tomorrow and see what the Peruvian coastline has in store for us.  We suspect it will be more desert landscapes but our map shows that there should at least be more small villages along the way.  So, hopefully we have covered the largest stretch of barren desert and it will be a bit easier from now on, but we will see.

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Grandma on

Sounds like you two had a Happy New year!!!! Good for you.... Waiting for Your Mom to phone... They're coming to V.V. Soooo HAPPY to see them.. Love and hugs

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