Trucking around

Trip Start Nov 15, 2008
Trip End Jun 15, 2009

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Monday, January 5, 2009


So we wasted time in Lima.  Nothing much interesting happened, we went to the movies and saw Australia, which we both enjoyed, a bit corny, but good anyway.  Dave's dad turned up on New Years Eve so most things were closed in Lima.  On New Years Eve we went for lunch and then met up again for tea before going to spend New Years Eve with some friends Bob made on his Amazon trip.  It was a Peruvian guy and his Australian wife, and turns out he was from quiet a rich family.  There house was huge and they had their whole extended family there. 
It was an interesting night and good to something local.  There are a few traditions in you do at new years in Peru, one is to wear yellow it is meant to bring luck.  You see it everywhere in clubs and restaurants and everyone is wearing it as shirts and supposedly as underwear.  Also at midnight you are meant to eat 12 grapes one for each month of the year also for luck.  Well I didn't wear yellow but I ate the 12 grapes, here to hoping for a lucky year.  The best bit of the evening was probably watching the whole city let of fire works.  We went onto the roof and got a view over everything, it was really cool.  We got back to the hostel to two people making out in our room who weren't staying there, they decided to find somewhere else once we came in.
Well again nothing was open on New Year 's Day so we met Bob again and he suggested that we minds as well drink then, so we did.  We went to what is locally known as Pizza Street and sat in a restaurant and drank beer and played cards for the better part of the day.  We said good bye that night to met again in Cusco.
The next day we moved into the old town as we were going to meet our new group there that night.  We moved into a cheap family owned hostel just down the road for the night.  It was ok, nothing special though.  We met the group for the pre meeting and then went out for some tea, everyone seemed nice enough but we all had a quiet night.  The next day bought ANOTHER day in Lima, so we used the net, checked out the changing of the guard and well, did nothing.  The changing of the guard was kind of cool, but very long.  We liked how the drum major changed the bands direction hard to explain but hilarious to watch.  We had another group tea and another early night as we were going to be on the road early the next day.
5am came and our alarm went off, we had a big day of traveling in our truck.  Most of the Kumuka Trucks are blue so that was what we were expecting, but ours was white, inside was cool, with seats facing forwards and backwards so you can talk to a few people at a time.  It is an old truck though, so not to comfortable, but it has lots of character.  Our first stop were the Ballestas Islands which are a big Sea Lion and Bird colony.  It was great fun, but stank!  We got up really close to the sea lions who looked like they were posing for us.  The islands are home to thousands of birds which means a lot of guano.  They hire people to harvest the guano every 7 years, and these poor people live on the island for up to 4 mths harvesting the 2 meters of poo that has built up.  When the Spanish first found the islands there was 30 meters of the stuff lying around!  I tell you what they can keep that job.  That night we landed in Huacachinero, an oasis in the middle of the desert.
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