Two flowers in the desert

Trip Start Jun 06, 2008
Trip End Feb 09, 2009

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Monday, June 9, 2008

Today we have our first ĻfreeĻ day since leaving Oz. We have arrived in Ica, an oasis town in the middle of the driest desert on earth, where we are staying with our travel agent and his family for a few days. (We are led to believe that not all travel agents offer this level of hospitality to their customers, so we feel very spoilt indeed.)

We had a free morning in Lima yesterday, which was spent cruising the beach front of Miraflores. There we found a most unlikely statue, which is the centrepiece of a place called ĻLoverīs ParkĻ. As the name of the park may suggest, this huge lump of cement features a man and woman, both shirtless and embracing in an amorous fashion before all and sundry. Tony of course was shocked, and tried to cover the statue with large tarps, because there were children and woman around who should never know of such things. But the tarps were only designed for B'double trucks, and were way too small. Instead we called the police and left, who will no doubt by now have removed the outrage and restored the moral fabric of Peruvian society. (When we are able to, a photo will be posted of two shocked desert flowers posing before the Loverīs Park lovers.)

Heading south from Lima we passed through the impoverished desert communities, which was a reality check for both of us. Even after an absence of only 12 months (for Tony), the stark contrast between the rich and poor in this country comes as a shock. The poor literally had nothing to start with, but since this is also the same area devastated by the earthquake and tsunami several months ago, even many of the slums were no longer standing. We philosophise that coming to this country will help in some small way, when we spend our money in these towns and hopefully leave some people a little better off.

Tomorrow we are off to visit a nearby island famous for its prolific wildlife, including flamingoes (yay!) and seals. If we donīt write afterwards it will be because we have are too awestruck. We love reading your comments so do keep them coming. Catch you again next time.

Well well, i think Tony has done a fabulous job of updating our recent happenings! It is certainly true that its a shock to see the poverty here, there we were comfortably travelling in our bus viewing from the outside what its like to be extremely poor.. I knew it was going to be somewhat like this but seeing it through your own eyes is very different. I like to think that the philosophy is true that us coming here helps even just a little..
It will certainly be a memory that will stick with me my whole life.
Our next adventures im sure will be amazing and memorable also.
It was lovely to hear from those of you who wrote, I hope you enjoy our stories and photos if we manage to get them on!
till next time..
ps we have eaten the yellowest bananas and the largest corn kernals weve ever seen!
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