Steak Night

Trip Start Oct 15, 2013
Trip End Apr 15, 2014

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Flag of Peru  , Colca Canyon,
Wednesday, December 4, 2013

We are now in Arequipa, after a night bus from Cusco. We are now a dab hand at these night buses, and you can normally get a couple of hours sleep at a time on them, but they leave you feeling knackered because it's broken sleep. The usual shebang is a seat that reclines a bit, maybe a blanket if you are lucky, the very occasional meal consisting of snacks and normally the foul stench of the toilets. This night bus was a bit more fancy, it had a hostess who served us a hot dinner and a blanket and pillow (which I didn't use because I am sure a lot of people have dribbled on them in the past)

Once we got to Arequipa, we got our rooms, ours for some reason was like a suite, which was nice, but straight from the 70s with its brown flat pack furniture, large print furnishing and no hot water- just what you need after a 12 hour bus ride. Anyway, we hit the town in a quest for breakfast, and after some debate, we all ended up going to a cake shop which had breakfast on. We sat on two tables as this often means you get served quicker and makes it easier when the bill comes, and ordered simple breakfasts of bacon, eggs and toast- nothing too challenging, nothing off the menu, so why they took so painfully long to get our food out is still now a mystery. We were the only buggers in there! Saying that, the food was fine and in the wait, I did have several opportunities to press myself up against the glass counter where they had all their elaborate cakes (oh how I miss baking)

Once that was over we strolled around the town looking for something to do, and came across a city bus tour. We haggled a discount, got them to take us to our hotel to get our cameras on the way and then started the tour. I don't really have a lot of say about the tour, it was pretty mundane, except for a Japanese tourist that kept taking our pictures which I didn't like, but she wasn't perturbed by the faces I was pulling. We had paid for a two hour tour (I think I would have lost the will to live on the four hour tour) and were on a busy road when the bus stopped and we were told to get off?! That was us done, and they tried to tell us we had to shell out for a taxi back to the square- after a bit of a fuss, they said they would pay for our taxis and as there was 9 of us that would be 3 taxis. Now, the taxis here aren't like the taxis at home, oh no! They are really small cars, like the car you get off your nan when you pass your test at 17, the one she has been keeping since the dark ages and it's not even a 1 litre- it's basically a pencils case on wheels. Anyway, as I was saying, 9 people, 3 taxis, except we are in South America, so that would be 2 taxis, the first one snuggly fitting four people, and the second one jam packed with 5 people. I wouldn't mind so much but this particular taxi only had two back seats, so I had to sit in the middle and have one of our family Tash on my lap, no seatbelt so I had to hang on to her (poor little lamb has had the trots for 2 weeks, so I didn't hold on to her too hard) When we took off, the car shook and I thought it would never been able to take the weight, but it did, and it even got over a speed bump. When we got out, we must have looked like we were a circus act, when all the clowns get out of the small car.

That night we were taken to a restaurant we had been told was really good. The food has been good for the last couple of days which is a nice change as we have eaten in some very questionable establishments over the last two months. This restaurant is famous for meat (not so great for us herbivores but I have come accustom to this, and take compensation in wine) and this meat is served on hot stones. Everyone raved about it, and really enjoyed their meat, and my wine was fabulous so a good end to the day.

Thought/fact of the day- they actually make a lot of chocolate in Peru, which goes well with all the red wine
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