6 years of sunshine and lollipops

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

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Flag of Peru  , Callao,
Saturday, December 7, 2013

We are now in Nasca to see the Nasca lines. We got a night bus here which was fine, but we were only given an hour to sort ourselves out before we were back on a bus to get to the small airport. The Nasca lines are a bit of a mystery, as nobody knows for sure what they are, what they mean or how they were made, but the general belief is that the Incas made them, probably to do with some rituals or maybe it's a calendar or something to do with the constellation. There is a theory that aliens did them, but I have seen the Nasca lines, and I have seen E.T, and they are really big, and he has only got little legs, so bang goes that theory. They are in the middle of a flat plain, I guess you would class it as a dessert and look like white lines in the dirt, kind of similar to the white horse outline we have in the UK, but much much bigger.

Nasca itself isn't safe to go out in, day or night apparently, so we are in a small hotel on the outskirts of the town. You have to go through a kind of shanty town and down a dirt road to get to the hotel, so you would never know it was here if you hadn't been before, but it's reasonably nice and has a pool (but it's not very clean).

As I said, we were taken by bus to the small airport in Nasca, and when I say airport, I mean a room with desks, a metal detector and a runway. There were a lot of Peruvians there so I think this is a local attraction, and there wasn't much waiting about before we got to go up. Our group had been asked to split into a 9 and a 4, and me, the girls and Nath had bagsied the 4 group as we assumed this would mean we get to go in a little plane- and we were right. This was on Tash's bucket list, so we were all excited. We met our pilots, squeezed into this tiny little 6 seater (including the pilots) plane, Nath tucked his knees behind his ears and we were off! We stayed quite low, and the plane rattled round in the breeze, which made it kind of feel like a simulater, but it wasn't long before we say our first doodle. We were given a map of the route, and what we were going to see- the main attractions are ones where they have made pictures such as a monkey, a whale and most peoples favourite, the humming bird, but the astonishing thing for me were all the dead straight lines all over the shop. There are massive rectangles in places, massive ones maybe 70 or 80 meters long, perfectly parallel, square corners and sharp lines- how there devil did they do that?! When we got to a doodle, we circled it clockwise and the anticlockwise so each side of the plane got a good view, in order to do this, the plane had to pretty much turn to a 45 degree angel- which made your stomach come up through your throat- and at the end I thought the content of my insides were going to come outside- and that's not a good look for anyone.

That afternoon we chilled by the pool, Nasca is only 500 meters above sea level and it is the first time in a long time we have been low enough for it to be hot weather, so we all got out bikinis out. The boys braved the pool which was cold and a bit grubby, but it had a slide and they were happy jumping off stuff.

Today is actually our 6 year anniversary, so it was nice to spend the day, and our familia bought us a cake, they couldn't get us candles so they stuck matches in and lit them. This was such a sweet thought and we loved it- to our darling friends- thank you x

That night we were told we were going to have a ceremony, we didn't get any more information because our guide is as useful as a chocolate teapot but it turns out the hotel staff had made a fire pit thing. This involves getting hot rocks, putting them in the ground, putting veggies and meat wrapped in banana skins on top and covering them with cloths and dirt. 2 hours later, we had a ceremony which involved me putting some coca leaved on it, and Nath pouring some corn juice on it, then the guys dug it up and we eat the contents. The food had a kind of BBQ taste to it, so the main point was the meat, which the others enjoyed.

Thought of the day- I didn't rub my sun cream in all over and, well, I have burn in between my boobs, you can see a perfect line where I have carelessly rubbed the lotion up to, it looks like an island- so I have named it Boob Island, the weather on Boob Island is currently hot and itchy *insert warm front joke here*
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