Peru Gringo Chapter 1

Trip Start Aug 23, 2008
Trip End Jun 15, 2008

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Saturday, August 30, 2008

We flew out from Heathrow at six in the morning so we stayed up all night and had a few drinks with Keyso, Gerd (and Cat for a while) Pattonhead and Micky Manc in London. First time in London and we were there for all of about 8 hours. Ah well, we'll be back. The flights from London to Madrid to Lima took about fifteen hours plus the fartin about in the airports. Minus Craic.
The taxi ride from Lima airport to Miraflores was a proper baptism of fire. Never seen driving like it and in some serious shiteheaps as well. Maybe we just aren't used to it but it felt like being in Mad Max. Straight away you notice Peruvians are sound as fook, far nicer than anywhere in Europe and sound about you not talking their language. We went to the the black market and walked about central Lima for hours and nobody hassled, stroked or nicked anything from us.
It beats the short Strand

After two days in Lima we battered on to Ica and then got a hostel in nearby Huacachina, a sweet looking oasis about five minutes from Ica. Most of the people there are young travellers looking to chill out and go sandboarding and it was nice to meet some people. The downside is that the locals are just looking to shake you upside down for all you've got and their attitude reflects this. We're not tight enough and I think the pushy people get the best deals which is kinda shitty.
Our lodgingsKeva at the Oasis

The second day in Huacachina we went sandboarding out in the sand dunes. If you cant snowboard you may as well just lye face down on the board ('sand skeleton').
Keva SandboardingBrendy sanboarding

This was good craic but not half the adrenalin rush of the sand buggy ride up to the dunes. The driver was a lunatic and kept plumetting off the edge of the sand dunes. At one stage we left the ground going over a bump and I'd say he was trying to freak us out. Brilliant craic though.

Our carriage awaitsKeva freakin out in a sand buggy

We met an Australian on the sandboarding and he came out with us for a few drinks. Sound and knew the craic but unfortunately some American guy tagged along with him and melted our domes all night long. He said he was telepathic and was trainning with the shamen in the Amazon. Obviously the concept of slagging hasnīt taken off in America or this boy would never be getting away with this crap.

Ricky, Brendy and KevaBrendy, Keva, Chris (melter) and RickyFelix the bartender shows Keva how to move

Anyway we just chilled out by the pool all the next day before taking an eleven hour night bus to Arequipa.
Brendy the HippoKeva in the life she has grown acustom to
Slideshow Report as Spam
Where I stayed
Casa de Arena, Huacachina
K'usillu's, Lima


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Re: hey cous!
Yes please keep in touch and send me lots of photos cant believe im not going to be there but its a story we can tell it. Tell Kevin i said hi and to look after you as i know he will ill give you all a ring soon. One month will fly in then your a mummy. haha


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Re: Looks class
Hey Cosmo you need to get your ass to Peru its more amazing than i thought.

quigsnclinty on

Re: Hi!
Hey Aine make sure and send me photos i dont want coming home to babies i dont know. haha

quigsnclinty on

Re: Greetings from NYC
Hey Charlie having a great time and yes meeting lots of mad people. haha Sorry i wont be in Ireland to see you but thats another journey for us to visit you.

quigsnclinty on

Re: Great to hear about your adventure
Ill be the eternal traveler if my uncle wants to fund it. haha

When you coming to visit me????

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Re: Hawthorn View
Hello the Clinton clan i forgot all about the christening and was ringing everyone for a chat and no one would answer, felt unloved. Get Ciaran to email me some pics of the babies please. Tell roseann rather her than me and ill give her a ring soon.

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