Arequipa Day 1

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

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Sunday, November 18, 2007

Up 900 (David and I got to bed around 1 but Pindi came in at 545), packed bag (due to a booking error we had to move hotels today), wrote in diary, and headed out for breakfast with Richard, Adam (Costa Rican, lives in NY), NZer Doug for breakfast on a balcony overlooking the main plaza (same balcony, diff restaurant along it, it´s a long balcony).  We chatted about how we had come to pick Tucan and I should note here that the average ageof the person on this trip is definitely late 20s and early 30s.  I guess if you want to travel Europe is the first place you usually go and as you see more of the world you decideto see the more obscure partsof it.  Headed offto internet 1130 and spent a couple hours updating stuff and answering e-mails (we have a couple full days here so I can sightsee later).  Put in a couple of memory cards of photos to be burned to disk and then wandered a half hour as Ididn´t have any others to take pictures with at the time.  And when I got back the store was nowhere near ready with them so I went next doorto the ice cream parlour and have a few malt beers (black, but sweet,not heavy) and talked to a group of old Australian farmers who were here to judge alpachas for export.  Back to the digital store again and they´donly done one copy of my disk so I gave up for a while and headed to our new hotel to watch the Peru-Brazil soccer game with some of the boys and have a couple more beers.
At 600 I was back out to the photo place and finally they had both my disks ready!  Some brief internet then back to the hotel where I ran into some of the group about to go to dinner to a friend´s of the bus driver (Luke)  restaurant.  While there had a bit of a chat to Luke (I thought he was still annoyed with me for that meal swapping thing in Lima because he had to explain it to the Japanese guy) but we got on ok this time.  I had a lovely Thai chicken noodle dish but it was done with seaseme oil so and I´m a bit allergic to that so I had a quiet chuck at the restaurant bathroom and then another back at my room (I did not go out for drinks after strangely) before Michael got back.  Lesson learned.  Shower perked me right up again and bed 1130. 
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