Trip Start Jan 25, 2009
103Trip End Ongoing
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Where I stayed
McCallum Lodging House
I arrived on a Friday morning, and helped out with the preparation for the Fund Raising Party on Saturday night. That including spending most of Saturday at the markets in Trujillo buying food and drinks.
Sunday was spent recruiting people for the roadtrip and trying to get seats on a bus....of course that was after a lazy breakfast at Casa Suiza.
We arrived in Cajamarca Monday morning - feeling pretty tired from a shit overnight bus ride. We found a hostel on the Plaza de Armas, and went to sleep for a coule of hours. Don Paco for breakfast followed by a walk around the town, including up to the lookout. Our three days in Cajamarca could be summed up as an anti-climax.
We arrived back in Huanchaco at about 5pm - not leaving Fleur and I much time to prepare for a cocktail party that night, which I was invited to by Miguel. It was for a dancing horse show which was running for 3-4 days. Miguel had called me while I was in Cajamarca to tell me I was invited, and that I needed to have appropriate dress, as well as a girl who has a cocktail dress.....not that easy when you are hanging out with backpackers. I asked Fleur to join me, so on our final day in Cajamarca she found a dress and I found some grey dress pants. The cocktail party was really cool. Definitely not what I expected....well, to be honest, I didn't know what it was going to be like. We were served Pisco Sours, Algarrobina cocktails and Pisco shots to start with. Then the dancing horses came out - putting on a really interesting performance. I had never seen horses DANCE before - pretty amazing stuff. That was followed by some presentations - Miguel explaining to us who was who - "That guy owns the two biggest banks in Peru", "That guy was taken hostage a few years ago, the family paying millions in ransom for his release", etc, etc. The catering was sponsored by a Peruvian Ham company - so all the food provided contained ham.....haha. All in all, a great night. I definitely didn't think I would be attending a cocktail party while in Peru
This might just be the best cafe I've ever been to. All the furniture is custom designed and made for the cafe. The entrance looks out onto the beach, with a large deck filled with funky chairs and couches. As you walk into the cafe you are greeted by friendly staff, and see a counter filled with snack foods. The walls are covered with amazing artwork, and everything about the place is given an artistic finish. There are three rooms: the cheese room, which has a table and chairs, as well as couches.
The next day Tom returned from Argentina, while Mounia left for Cuzco, and the following day Fleur and Camille left for Huaraz - the loss of these girls hit the team hard. So on Friday night we went to Miluna to watch a movie. Earlier that afternoon we had hung out there - watching a coulpe of movies in the TV room. Tom and I met a Lucia, a Mexican who had spent the last week in town, and who was also catching a bus that night. We hung out in the afternoon - getting a burrito at Otra Cosa Restaurant. Anyway - so after saying goodbye to Fleur and Camille, the rest of us went to Miluna. Laura was feeling pretty down after Camille departure, so she decided to bring a carton of wine (Gato) to the cafe. We watched 'American History X' - the DVD deciding to stop working right after the shower seen in prison. So as we turn the lights on and get ready to leave, Tom asks Laura a question. None of us realised that she had got herself completely drunk, and was unable to operate her vocal cords in order to give a reply......haha, English people
Tom and I surfed for the next three days. I hadn't surfed in over three weeks and wasn't sure how I would do. I was pleasently surprised when we went out on Saturday - I was getting up faster than I ever had before. I had more stability - and was able to move more freely on the waves. I think my body needed a break to recover, so something. Whatever happened, the end result was positive - I was finally seeing some real improvement
I decided to change my plans again. I began feeling like I want to be stable in one place again - have a routine, train, study, eat well,etc. So the new plan is: bus in Lima, get a Brazilian visa and fly to Rio de Janeiro for at least two months of full time Jiu Jitsu training (in the home of BJJ). I'll save the Amazon adventure for next time. I sold my skateboard to a surfer for 100 soles - I figure I'll wait until I'm living and working somewhere to learn how to skate, and I think a longboard would be much wiser to learn on - save the ankles.
We got a poker game in at Miluna, some chess, and a farwell dinner for Tom and I. Tom was leaving the same night as I for Lima also, to get his flight back to Engand - he had reached the end of his seven month holiday. The last supper was at The Polleria (of course) - Tom tried to break the tradition by bringing a pizza from Casa Suiza. After dinner we had Arroz con Leche (rice pudding) at McCallum's.
Goodbye Huanchaco, and the McCallum gang! Thanks for everything!!