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17 March 2010

sunny 81 °F
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We stayed at the Hotel San Antonio Abad in the section of town called Miraflores. We had a very nice breakfast – their continental is much more than a donut and coffee. We were served eggs how we liked them, fresh squeezed juice, fruit, good whole grain bread and there was also yogurt etc. to chose from.

We went out for a walk. Miraflores is one of the nicer areas of Lima. We walked through several nice parks and saw the downtown upscale shops. Prices seemed comparable to US prices.

Miroflores Park 17Mar10

Miroflores Park 17Mar10

El Embrujo Restaurant

We had an amazing lunch buffet of typical Peruvian cuisine. Seth’s favorite was the blood pudding. During the course of any meal we try a little of everything before asking what it is to eliminate bias. But he really didn’t like the blood pudding! The rest was delicious. One of the favorites here is ceviche – “raw” seafood cooked by the acids of lemon juice and vinegar. It may not sound good but is amazing. We got to try lots of different types of potatoes, meat dishes with yummy sauces, etc.

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Huaca Pucllana

Main Square Huaca Pucllana

Main Square Huaca Pucllana

The temple of the Limas.

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Sacrifices Huaca Pucllana

Sacrifices Huaca Pucllana

Huaca Pucllana Administrative Buildings

Huaca Pucllana Administrative Buildings

Huaca Pucllana Offerings

Huaca Pucllana Offerings

Huaca Pucllana

Huaca Pucllana

Huaca Pucllana Excavations and Restoration

Huaca Pucllana Excavations and Restoration

The most fascinating part of this tour was learning how the ancient culture laid their adobe bricks to flex with the earth in case of an earthquake and/or that only parts of the building would fall and they wouldn’t lose all their work – very intelligent design. The tour guide was knowledgeable and fun.

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Walls at Hauca Pucllana

Walls at Hauca Pucllana

Other Walls at Huaca Pucllana

Other Walls at Huaca Pucllana

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On the way back to our hotel we stopped in a café, then we relaxed in the hotel lobby until we had to head back to the airport for our flight to Trujillo.

Lima Airport

On our way to the gate Seth ran into a guy that saw Seth’s emergency whistle on his backpack and made a comment about it. Alfredo was from San Diego but now lives in Cusco – he runs a yoga studio there. If you are interested in doing yoga when you go to Cusco his website is: www.yogaincusco.com.

We were informed at 19:30 (when we should have been taking off) that our flight would be delayed about 15 minutes. After 15 minutes they loaded us all on a bus that we then stood on for a good half -hour – apparently waiting for a passenger. This could have been miserable but we had run into another San Diego native of Peruvian descent who now is a tour guide here. We’ve already got our whole trip planned but this guy is an anthropologist who seems to really know where to go and what to stay away from. He gave some good pointers. If anyone is interested in going to Peru and doesn’t want to plan their own trip he even does two week tours covering the coast, highlands and Amazon. His company is Nawpaq Expeditions

The flight to Trujillo and taxi ride from there to Huanchaco was fairly uneventful.

When we arrived at Hostel Naylamp they weren’t expecting us – they thought we were coming tomorrow – but it got worked out.

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Across the Sea

16 March 2010


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From Dammam to London

Overnight flights stink. Especially in economy. Especially when you know you still have 18 hours of flying time after this flight. Especially when you know you won’t sleep those 18 hours either.
We have learned that from now on we will try to break up our flights if we are traveling this far.

Monica finds it annoying that she now has to carry her abaya all over Peru since she had to wear it to the airport in Dammam and will need it when she returns.

Monica sleep: 30 min. Seth sleep: 0

From London to Miami

Flew up to the bottom tip of Greenland and then circled all the way down the North American eastern coast all the way to Miami.

Boeing 777 was nice and roomy.

Long hours of flying and lack of sleep start setting in.

Monica sleep: 2 hours Seth sleep: 0

Miami

We arrive in Miami and find out our flight to Lima has been cancelled and are instructed to go to the ticket desk. The dyed blond, middle aged, nose jobbed, florescent pink lipsticked teller who’s friend was trying way too hard to get Seth’s attention took her sweet time finding a new spot for us. In between frequent conversations of when her break was and where she was going to take it she found an earlier flight that we took but put us in a jam for time.

After checking our bags we had to make a quick stop at the post office. People kept referring us to the mysterious fourth floor that they’d never been to. Through construction, down hallways, up elevators, down desolate corridors, following makeshift post office signs we sprinted through the vast maze that is Miami Airport. At last we saw the telltale post office boxes, we made it! We felt like rats in a maze looking for the cookie.

After much running we made it to our gate and saw a huge crowd milling about. Apparently the flight to Peru from Miami was experiencing seating issues. We were some of the fortunate ones to get a seat.

Miami to Lima

It’s interesting that the airplanes between the Middle East and Europe as well as the United States and South American seem to be of lesser quality and/or more run down than those between Europe and the US.

We could tell we were on a Latin American flight when the seatbelt sign never went off and nonetheless everyone was up and about talking and being friendly with each other. All the flight attendants had given up their sleeping seats so that customers could travel, we found this unusual but nice.

We flew over a massive thunderstorm. At first we were a bit nervous feeling the turbulence but got used to it quickly. We saw the lightning flashing in the clouds we were turning away from, and it was beautiful.

Monica sleep: 0 Seth sleep: 1 hour

In the air travel total: 25 hours (plus layovers)

Arrival in Lima

Physical condition – exhausted, burning eyes, stumbling, slurred speech, naseau, dizzy, trouble thinking rational thoughts, ready for bed!

We waited for our hotel pick up which somehow was miscommunicated so we ended up finding a taxi.

Arrived hotel, showered, hit the bed, zzzzzzzzz

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