|Well folks, after several years of daydreaming, my trip to South America has become a reality! I can hardly believe it myself, but I am sitting at a computer in a hostel in Lima, Peru, letting everyone know I made it ok and just trying to get into the travel mindset. I´m not quite into it yet, but that´s probably a good thing. I still have a little writing I have to do for my old job, so hopefully I can get that done by tomorrow and then let myself really be on vacation.
My arrival here was a little crazy. After an overnight flight, all I wanted to do was get to the hostel and get to sleep. So I had smartly prearranged a reservation at a hostel with a shuttle that would pick me up so that I wouldn´t have to negotiate prices with random taxi drivers at 4 in the morning. But despite my best efforts at planning, it seems the taxi driver could not make himself wake up so early, so when I got to Lima, there was no one waiting. I wasn´t particularly scared, or even surprised by this fact, just annoyed and unsure what to do. Luckily, I found a taxi driver kind enough to let me use his phone to call my hostel and find out that nobody was coming for me. I was a little distrustful, since I have had drivers pretend to call my hotel for me and then call a friend to pose as my hotel´s staff saying the hotel was booked. But this guy let me call them myself, so there was no deception. And then I managed to negotiate a fair price with him based on what the hotel would have charged me. So it all worked out.
Anyway, as you can imagine, I was exhausted when I got here, so I crashed as soon as I got my room. And I just woke up. It is lunchtime, so I guess I´d better go out into the real world and exchange money so I can get something to eat.