The End of the Beginning

Trip Start Jun 04, 2009
Trip End Sep 06, 2010

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Friday, July 24, 2009

We made it!

We pulled up into Lima and ran up to the hotel room to shower off all the remaining sand from last nights frolics in the desert, unfortunately in our haste we managed to cover our beds in sand that came flying out of shoes and clothing so we were in for another sandy night. Once we got out into the streets of Lima it didn't take long for us to get back into the hotel, I think the best way to describe it is entirely charmless, if I’m being polite!  It may be the fact we have been to so many vibrant and colorful places recently, or perhaps the constant grey smog, that meant we just did not bond with Lima.  We stayed for two nights to say goodbye to people on the tour and celebrate a couple of birthdays but even this proved difficult as in order to get to the main bar area from the centre, where we were staying, we had to get a 40 minute cab there and back.  I will say this for Lima, it’s big.

The one main day we had we visited the catacombs and monastery which was very interesting if not a bit creepy to see the bones of hundreds and thousands of people all piled up and organised in aisles like some kind of demonic supermarket.  We also took in the main plaza where there is a statue that was supposed to have a halo of flames but the architect misunderstood the Spanish translation and, as the phrases are similar, the statue ended up with a llama on top of her head instead.  Most amusing but only briefly, so we needed to find something else to do to get through the day here.  At that point the answer became clear as I could see a KFC, the first western food since home, and started to steer Steve towards a family size bucket.  In fairness to him he put up quite a protest about it but I reminded him he owed me one for returning his sight, following the episode in the desert, and we agreed that allowing me to indulge in KFC was suitable reimbursement for my efforts.  Some may say that I could have done better; personally I was soon too full of chicken to care!

And so a trip to KFC making it into my highlights of one of our stops should give you a pretty good picture of what I thought about Lima.  We cut our stay short by a day and decided to get on the road down to Santiago de Chile, where our flight leaves for New Zealand next week.  It was going to be a 50 hour bus ride in total but we planned to break it halfway at the border of Peru and Chile so we could decide if we wanted to stop for a night and see the local area before slogging on with the final part of the trip.

Out on our own and about 4 words of Spanish between us was sure to end well.  I didn’t really mind how it would end as long as it was in Santiago in 6 days time…

Lots of Love,

Amy and Smoggy Steve
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