A long bus ride and the pacific ocean

Trip Start Jul 06, 2008
Trip End Dec 17, 2009

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Friday, September 19, 2008

We arrived safely in Lima, Peru yesterday and spent the day there because we had to wait till evening.  Our bus came to pick us up at 10pm.  Monique and I sat in the front on the second floor.  The roads are so narrow and there was a cliff on one side.  It was pretty scary.  Fortunately we all fell asleep.  We were all terrified once we woke up again.  We were on that bus for 11 or 12 hours which felt like a long time.  Looking out the window we passed tiny villages and huts.  What we saw was like a huge desert on one side of the road and the other side was a cliff that went straight down where the South Pacific Ocean.  It looked really nice but not a beach you would want to swim at.  About 2 hours before we arrived the air-conditioning broke and we all started sweating.  It was thirty-five degrees on the bus.  Before that we were freezing.  Once we got of the bus again there was two women holding up a sign saying "Raymond Maaske".  These two ladies' went and showed us around and brought us to the apartment we are renting.    They are very nice ladies. 
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dfedorak on

What a trip!
Sabrina, Thank you for remembering to send me information on your travels. The pictures are fabulous and I am very envious of your family journey. It sounds like you are having a unique experience. That bus ride must have been something else. I have been in vehicles driven by locals in other countries and have often wondered how they all survive. Have you been doing any hiking in the enormous mountains in Peru? Are you going to Machu Picchu?
My new job at Giant's Head is going very well. The students and staff are super nice to me. I have been back to say Hi to people at SMS. I will stay connected this year and next!
Happy Trails,
Ms. Fedorak

kwale on

Hope you are well :)
Oh my!! I'll bet you were all pretty nervous!
I've experienced a few of these bus rides myself! When I was in Guatemala, I traveled by bus through a mountainous region with a friend and it was around New Year's. It was a little scary as we wound down and around. Strangely, the bus driver was wearing sunglasses. What was strange about it--it wasn't sunny. As it turned out, it is not unusual for busdrivers to drive after doing some drinking. As it was a holiday, he was probably trying to 'mix business with pleasure.' After I noticed this, those twists and turns and steep embankments became that much more scarier!!!

By the way...have you learned any more Spanish? I read earlier that you did not enjoy your lesson. That's too bad! This is a great opportunity to learn another language! (I'm sure you have heard this from your parents already :))

I hope you change your mind!! I learned Spanish while in Guatemala. Believe it or not, I learned enough Spanish in two weeks that I went from 'not knowing a word of Spanish' to being able to understand a sermon I heard in a church. I was amazed at how quickly it happened...only because I put a bit of work in. And, you would have an advantage over me because you are young.

Anyway...I have enjoyed reading your blog. I will be making more comments in the coming weeks.

Hope all is well!!

HCOS Support teacher
Karmen Wale

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