Trip Start Sep 25, 2013
Trip End Apr 15, 2014

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Flag of Peru  , Arequipa Region,
Sunday, September 29, 2013

I may be in love. But this, very possibly, is just the beginning of many love affairs with these beautiful towns and countries that I visit. What a lovely town this is!!! I was feeling a push. A push to get to Cuzco, to my homebase. I needed to check myself and remind that voice in my head that I am not in a hurry. I have all the time that I need or wish to explore any area that I want to see more of. I don't have a schedule. This is harder to adjust to than one might think! Never have I had this kind of time, so it's taking a while to cancel out the voice in my head that is urging me to move on. After all, this is part of my goal- to live and immerse myself in the communities I visit. So I just need to chill. myself. out.

My journey South began on a beautiful bus- a mammoth of a bus. I settled in for 15 hours of long rode in the form of first class bus travel- front seat, top floor, food service( Thank you, but I'll pass ) blankets, pillows, movies, and a lovely German doctor seat mate named, Daniel.

A restless night of sleep in a reclining seat led me to waking at 5:30am. I looked out the curtain to see the light of the sunrise over the desert in a lovely, but eerie glow. Miles of rolling dunes of flesh-colored coastal land and the Pacific crashing against the rocks below- almost like a desert version of Big Sur. I found myself praying that the driver didn't get too drowsy, as we were maneuvering windy roads with precarious edges. I decided to doze a bit more and wait for the climb to Arequipa.

Arequipa is a colonial town of stone- a white volcanic rock called, sillar. Giant stone cathedrals, monasteries, and cobblestone streets are protected by three gigantic volcanoes. The town resides at 7,000 feet. The air is thin. The sky and mountains are pink at sunset. I found a local chocolatier and fair trade coffee roaster that I will be visiting every morning. It is magical. Here, I will acclimate and explore for a few days and then move on to explore Canon del Colca - the worlds second deepest canyon. Twice as deep as the Grand Canyon! Tomorrow, I may have to try the traditional, local food of cuy-guinea pig. Hmmm. We'll see. Off to my $8 a night hostel... Sweet dreams.
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b.kilgore on

Hi Bu! I absolutely love your blog.. it's a beautiful glimpse into your days and nights.. Thank you for taking us all on your journey! Travel safe my bu. xoxo

gretchenwolf on

Thank you, bu! It's been fun to reflect on my experiences and to share it with all of you, rather than just my journal :)

sandra sanchez palacios on

the air is thin and the blues are... well, as blue as they get... have not been to that area, but your pics remind me of the north of Chile... the driest place on the planet... you are right, walk slowly, breath deeply... look up often... at night, the southern sky is home, the million stars make sense, as if i knew the name of each one of them... travel hard!

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