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Sep 20, 2005 - Flying pickets
What a palaver! Anyway, I got up hideously early so I could at least get some breakfast at the bus terminal. An interesting feature of this and many other public places are these glass boxes - sometimes very large - containing either a cherubic baby jesus or the Virgin Mary, with a little slot for you to put your prayers in. Perhaps needless to say they are tacky and kitsch in a way unsurpassed in Europe, even in rural Italy or Spain. Another feature of the countryside round here - and north of Quito too - is airplants and mosses growing...Jump to full entry
Jun 21, 2005 - PERU!!!!
Another day of constant bus travel brings us to Piura, Perú in the middle of one of the most beautiful (Michael's dictating, I say barren) expansive deserts in all of South AMerica. It reminds us of Egypt or Iraq, seriously. I keep expecting to see camels and turbans!! Piura didn't look like much but the people are just the nicest people I've ever met. So nice we were totally sketched out at first thinking everything was a trap and we were gonna get robbed. It's funny how preconceived notions can be so far from the truth. And how sincerity...Jump to full entry
Jun 9, 2005 - Ecuador (Macara) - Peru (Piura)
We were reccomended to do the crossing through Macara down to Piura. The six of us took the night bus (safety in numbers !) but it was one of the easiest so far. We signed out of Ecuador and then walked across a bridge to pass through the Peru customs. After a half hearted search of our bags (which involved prodding the outside of the bag !!!) we were on our way and arrived in Piura at 6am. The journey was very winding and none of us slept well until the last hour (typical !). We said our goodbyes to Patrick & Caroline, and Simon & Vanessa...Jump to full entry
Jul 16, 2004 - Piura - Back in Peru!!!!
Dull, Northern Peruvian city. About half a million people live here, there´s a river, and lots of taxis. The ´Copa da America´ (South American football champs) was on here the day we arrived, and Uruguay were playing Colombia, so there was rather alot of police around! Anyway, we had just arrived from Ecudor on a 8 hour overnight bus ride with no sleep, so we found a dodgy little hotel who rented us a bed for about 5 hours so we could get some kip!!! And that was all we really saw of this place. We woke up in the afternoon, went for a walk...Jump to full entry