So i’m going to split the last few days into two posts for two different cities, Arequipa and Cuzco.
Arequipa was breautiful, a really lovely city with very friendly people. Got there very early one day after an overnight bus. I actually got really lucky on the bus and got upgraded to Royal Class or Somethiing or other. Instead of being stuffed into a seat upstairs with only enough leg room for a Peruvian (not much), i was downstairs in a great bed like recliner. So I did manage to get some sleep which was good. Unfortunatly, there was also a guy behind me who was snoring pretty impressivly, I thought he was going to stop breathing.
WhenI got to Arequipa I sat in the Plaza de Armas for a little while until it was a respectable time to check into a cheap hotel. Ended up at a place that i think was called La Florentina or something like that, pretty good and cheap, cozy, really friendly owner. I met some Austrians there who complained of always being mistaken for Australians. They were a really nice couple who have been travelling for over a year and are just going to keep on going; very cool. Had some lunch with them and checked out the market which is worth a visit. It was there that I bought my one sol (thirty Aus cents) knife in order to prepare more of my own food, so far it´s basically been good for oranges. It´s kinda cool, just little with a wooden handle.
Also ran into Leigh the vet and the Germans from Nazca which was cool, also had dinner with them. We went to a nice place and I had a stir fry with ostrich which was pretty strange, but good, there was also some brocolli (which I´ve been craving like mad). That afternoon I was sitting in the San Francisco Plaza, which was beautiful, and a peruvian woman came and sat next to me and we chatted for a while in Spanish, eventually getting onto Chavez and Fidel Castro when she found out I was going to Cuba and Venezuala. It was really interesting, she was a socialist and was talking about how thay needed someone like that in Peru. Just by chance, Fujimori, an ex president of Peru who has fled the country because of Curruption alligations (i think) is perhaps going to run for office in Japan. That, and the fact that Cameron Diaz is in Cuzco (where i´m heading next).
Next day had a pretty chilled morning, went to the bus station got a ticket, went to the market again to get some lunch (fresh bread and oranges) then I headed to Santa Catalina Monastary (look it up) which was beautiful, I´l be posting photos in the next few days. Definitly worth going. A city within an city, amazing colours. Just wandered around there for a couple of hors and sat and ate my lunch (with my trusty knife for the oranges)
Bus in the evening, simple as that, wish I´d had a few more days maybe to do the Colca Canyon, but onto Cuzco.
I´m not going to bother spell cheaking this, so just pretend it´s all correct eh?
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Tags: Arequipa, Travel