Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
Trip End Nov 04, 2008

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Friends House - 60 Sol, internet, brkfst, good

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Saturday, April 12, 2008

After 21 hours of bus ride we finally made it to Lima. The bus company "Flores" was quite good and the journey more or less comfortable, although the seats on the photographs looked much larger than in reality...perhaps we have got used to it!

In any case they gave us dinner and breakfast (although we still dont understand why they served coffee for dinner and none for breakfast), and we had movies all along. A good proof that we have been travelling for a long time now is that we had seen 3 out of 3 films (Gladiator, Scary Movie 1 and The Shooter).

The distance from Cusco to Lima is of 1.100 kms, which shoud normally be done in 14 hours, but once the trip started we soon realised why it would take 20 hours...the first 12 hours were curve after curve after curve. If someone had tried to build the perfect curvy road...this is the result.

During our trip we passed Nazca and its famous lines. Plenty of small planes were flying around even though there was the deadly accident 2 days before and all sorts of information on the lack of controls is appearing in Peru.

We also passed Pisco, the town where the famous Pisco drink comes from originally. However its all rubble at the moment after the larger earthquake last year.

Finally Lima, a busy city full of traffic and chaos, but full of modernity also.

Following security recommendations which state that Lima centre should be avoided, we selected a hostel at Miraflores which is the safer side and a very nice place indeed. We will upload some pictures tomorrow which show how similar it is to a sea side resort. The beaches are full of suffers, and the streets full of all the typical "richer" chains (Tony Romas, Starbucks, etc).

We had a short refreshing walk around (refreshing is a nicety in this line as it is difficult to understand how a city next to the coast can smell so strongly of car fumes). However it is good to be back at sea level after many weeks above 2,500 metres altitude.

Dinner was great at the Kennedy Square (Restaurant Parquetito) and the stroll along the park took us to an embaracing moment.

In a small open theater the air force band was playing music and old people dancing around. We were watching when a guy came to us and asked us if we wanted to read poetry in a few minutes with other "volunteers". We naturally refused as politely as possible but said we would listen.

A few minutes later about 20 poets started reading their poems in Spanish, but the second one said "an applause for the Spanish couple there who is visiting us", and then dedicated a Garcia Lorca poem (off by heart - no reading) to us, with 300 people clapping....nice but embarrasing!
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