Annie`s Anecdotes..so far
Trip Start Nov 09, 2011
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Unfinished would be the word I`d use....no where is complete ... metals bits sticking out everywhere, unplastered concrete .. unfinished pathways and roads ...Its dusty and dirty by our standard..as there is little rain and the roads are mostly dirt tracks... the towns are covered in a layer of sandy dust...in Cuzco its red..in puno its brown..in ica its sand coloured..in Arequipa its white..open toe sandals not advised your feet would get filthy...!! ..and no high heels there is barely a flat pavement anywhere..if it is not the cobbles that get you, it s the huge holes of broken up concrete and stones..with no warning...!
there is a strong smell of urine .. no paper allowed down the toilets so the bins in the toilets are full of... ...yes no more to be said there...and I guess the sewage system is not as good as ours..!!
The sadness I felt for beggars was hard to deal with... people with no legs moving round on their stomach on skateboards begging.. the blind actually having no eyes with their hands out....children with no shoes and dirty clothes begging...women holding out malnourished babies asking for help...etc etc..my first experience of this ...not good..
The markets were interesting too..the meat is just on the table no fridge, flies everywhere and there for the whole day...!!..the fruit looks very bruised though loads of variety and the rice pasta and flours are all sold from large bags you help yourself from..needless to say we bought nothing there..
The endless horn papping gets to you a bit.. ... it is because there are no rules on the roads you get to a junction and you pap your horn and hope ..the near misses we had in taxis...!!..many roads do not have pavements so the cars just pap ..get out of the way or i will run you down..
The litter is a shame..our guide in Colca, Carlitos, told us the locals have no concept for the environment and so they just throw litter everywhere ..the mountains are sadly covered with plastic and paper...the streets too and they just seem to choose a place and dump everything in a pile..he assured me the locals are far worse than the tourists .....and they are trying to educate them to understand how to care for the environment...
The wild dogs...I guess they do help to eat up any food left in the streets...they are all very friendly and follow people around hoping for titbits...in fact too friendly sometimes..and spend the days sleeping in shop door ways...!! interesting..
all this was a great experience I would never want to miss but so so different to anything i have ever seen before..
So the good points which out way the above by far..all the hotels were clean and well done all had hot water and comfy beds ...( except cusco..)..and all were half the price if not even less you would pay in Britain..the food was ok , apart from the endless "heuvos revaultas" which Robin affectionately called " revolting eggs" ...and the people were friendly..the weather was good not too hot and whole place was relaxed and easy going..the places of interest were fascinating with Machu being the best.
the taxi drivers do not know where they are going,which is novel..well 2 of ours anyway..you show them the address they say oh yes no problemo and a few minutes later they stop the cab leap out and start asking people directions ..very amusing ...and their prices are just approximate..you barter with them.
.the putt putts are hilarious and all the locals use them, along with collectives..tatty falling apart minibuses with about 12 seats and 25 people in..!!..when it stops this guy leaps out and shouts something and people pile on....and who knows how they know where they are going.. great fun to watch...
we were not brave enough to try any street food... it is fascinating though...people have chairs and tables and their products in huge boxes fixed to the front of purpose built tricycles...they pull up, set up tables and chairs and bring out plastic containers of food ready made in some cases ...or a calor gas burner in other cases to cook with and just start selling..and it very popular with the locals..many cases of a whole family sitting round a stall on the side of the road eating..!!...in the dust.
so Peru will never be forgotten... Robin told me it has similarities with China so no surprise to him... and maybe we will see similar in Thailand or Hong Kong too...all to look forward to..
so our first 4 weeks have been awesome... we are having loads of laughs and experiencing so many new things... i have learnt it is not about how much stuff you have but how happy you are.. i have seen people with nothing seem so happy ...and their ability to re use whatever is available is superb..recycling at its best...
So onwards with our journey...keep clicking and reading and please, a comment or two makes our day.. so thanks to those who have commented...
Annie..miss you all xx