1st Jan 2009 - South America - bits of...
Up at 0830 after having a reasonable sleep but not long enough. My room mate still asleep which was unusual but i figured she would stay in bed for a while so that I couldnt pack the rest of my stuff. all the dishes still everywhere from the night befoe and really not a clean dish in the house. I made Gerry promise that he wouldnt do them to make someone else have their turn as some of the others are downright lazy and leave it all to a few of us. Downloaded all my Pumamarca photos for Jane as well as the bits of the newsletter that had been done and gave instructions to gerry about it. Finished packing when Robyn was finally up and then Gerry and I had enough time to ring Kathleen in Scotland to wish her a Happy new year. She had been out drinking the night before and doing her fireball thing. For those interested in this search on youtube for fireballs and Scotland. They make a huge fireball and about 20 of them parade the streets twirling this massive fireball around for about an hour. Anyway although it was the afternoon in Scotland kathleen was still feeling very sick so after talking for about 20 mins she had to finish and go and be sick for about the sixth time. I hardly drank last night so was feeling great.
Left the house about 1100 saying goodbye to Gerry which was hard. He is a good friend and he gave me a lovely card. Having Tim to go and see has made leaving Cusco bearable otherwise I would have found it extremely hard as I love Cusco and mostly love the volunteer house and have absolutely loved Pumamarca school and the children. This is also the first time I have travelled and have lived in one place other than NZ for so long and I have loved it. I know I will be back one day as i feel I havent finished here yet and there is still more work for me to do here. If anybody out there is thinking about doing volunteer work Perus Challenge is the place to do it just do a search on Google. I have also loved learning Spanish and feel joy when I can communicate with people who dont speak English and more joy when they actually understand what I am saying. I intend to kep going with it.
Anyway had a good chat with the taxi driver on the way to the airport. Checkin was straight forward. Had some lunch and then boarded my flight to Lima. Had an aisle seat so no last minute photos and no view because of the clouds anyway. Landed in Lima and saw Mark who had been on the same flight as mee. Quick chat. My taxi was waiting 20US which is reasonable as takes 30 to 40 mins to get to Miraflores. Lots of peruvians at the nbeach today as is very warm which is lovely. Stayed at Casa Andina san antonio in Miraflores. Takes about 15 to 20 mins to walk into central Miraflores. arrived about 1530 so watched a bit of TV and unpacked a bit so i can repack tommorrow. Then went out walking and to search for tampons which was easy until i had to give an explanation at the pharmacy. Eventually had to pull one out of my handbag and she understood. then walked thru the main park and found a coffee shop and had an iced cappuchino and toast and guacamole for dinner. Then a roundabout walk back to the hotel as it was getting dark. Watched a bad movie and then read my book until closing my eyes at 2200.
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