Lick The Windows
Trip Start May 30, 2005
129Trip End Sep 30, 2006
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I couldn't get to sleep on the bus, which was a real pain since it was a sleeper bus. I then ran out of water and started getting really thirsty. There was no way of getting any more, and for a while I considered licking the condensation off the windows of the bus, but thankfully I wasn't desperate enough for that. And to cap it all off there was a baby in the seat behind me that also wasn't sleeping, but then I guess everyone else on the bus knew that.
To summarise, I didn't get much sleep and I was feeling quite grouchy by the time we arrived around 7am in Tingo Maria. Sadly there were a heap of touts waiting to greet me off the bus, the nearest one to me attempted to take my little bag from me (in order to get my business), he didn't know that it was a really bad time to try this. I couldn't form the necessary words in Spanish, so instead the poor guy got an earful of rather colourful English, he got the idea though that I'd not be getting in his fng taxi.
I decided to check in to a decent place for a change, I felt that I deserved it. The sleep that I had in the morning was very very nice. I didn't actually come to Tingo Maria for any reason, rather it's just a stop off on my way to the Amazon. Therefore I didn't feel guilty just hanging around and not doing much.
I did need to get my clothes washed though but couldn't find a laundrette, I asked a woman in the street where I could find one. Rather than pointing me in the correct direction, she instead offered to do it for me! Of course I'd need to pay her. I did worry for a little while when I returned to the designated spot and she wasn't there. A friend of mine had told me a story of how he'd lost his and his girlfriend's clothes in Thailand in such a scam. Thankfully after a few minutes she turned up and the most interesting part of the day finished!
The roads around this part of Perú are really rubbish. So in order to get to Tarapoto, I had the option of a 23 hour bus ride, or for double the money I could get a series of taxis the next day which would take half the time. I chose the taxis.