Nazca Day 2

Trip Start Oct 13, 2007
Trip End Feb 15, 2008

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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Felt a bit weird and isolated from the group when I woke up in the morning but as I had to wash up after breakfast with group D (Jeremy, Ellen, Jo, T (Japanese guy)) that was a bonding experience that made things more comfortable.  Wrote diary, internet for an hour thenwent out to check out the 500 action by the pool.  Unfortunately, once you have a foursome itīs hard to get in so I started talking to the guy who was next to me on the internet. His name is David and heīs from the UK and we just chatted about travel and games and at least at some point in the future I should be able to set up my own 500 bunch!  Lunch then walked across the airport to get on a 5 seater light plane in order to fly over the Nazca lines. Great experience flying as the plane is only flying 300 m up and banks sharply so that you do a tight circle around each figure on the plain (you donīt know what this is all about?  The nazca lines are these giant figures that have been picked out of the Nazca plain and can only be seen from the air.  Since they were done in 700AD or so that makes a lot of people come up with theories like these were an alien runway and the like) and both sides of the plan can see the figure clearly.  Things was, a lot of the figures (that look like and are named, the whale, the spider, the monkey, the hummingbird and so on) actually are a lot smaller than you would expect (130m is small when the lines are thin) and tall the pictures and postcards you have seen must have been enhanced.  Still, got some photos, Iīll just need to enlarge and darken them!!  Unfortunately, whenever I tried to zoom and get a close up of each figure the bouncing plane didnīt help and I missed most of those types of shots.  Still an exciting experience! 
Unfortunately, it only lasted 35 minutes and then there was nothing to do for the rest of the day (they euphamistically call this free time!)  So took a swim, lay in the sun and finished off Jurassic Park, showered, and listened to my CD player (at least one bit of technology Iīm carrying works) in a hammock.  Dinner was taking forever so I wandered a bit, had a beer and a brief chat here and there but ended up resting in the tent as everybody had their little comfortable groups and I didnīt feel like breaking in.  Finally dinner was ready at 830 (jeeze guys, you had most of the afternoon!) and it was a good meal of bruchetta, spaghetti bolognaise, olives, and so on but still.  At dinner agreed to chat with Anna about the Big Brother aspects of this sort of trip!  Invited to join some game that involved passing cards and picking up spoons and that was a nice way to finish off the day.  Bed 1030.
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