Thursday, June 30, 2011

I find myself in Cajamarca!

Hey everyone! Well, after what seemed like an eternity on a bus here I am in Caxas, feeling...sort of well. Although I didn´t actually puke on the bus (probably because I took 2 gravols) I did a lot of gagging and all that nice stuff. The breakfast they gave us this morning on the bus was pathetic! It was just a corn muffin, like the little ones they give you at Joey´s Only. They may as well not have bothered! Not that I could eat anything anyway, because the sight of food made me want to upchuck even more. Really interesting so far right!
So the most exiting thing today was seeing the apartment that Cesar found for us to rent together. The owner actually said he´d paint it whatever colours we wanted, and since Cesar is cool and let me choose the rooms are orange and the open space and stairwell is green. It is in a decent part of town, well lit, busy highway so it´s easy to catch a cab and there is a metal door and then a wooden door heavily bolted and all our other doors have deadbolts too! We have a little balcony which shows a busy street and a new devolpment being built, but the concept is nice, and we have stained glass windows in those doors and part of the ceiling in the open area is stained glass too, so it is nice a light. The only problem is that it is quite dirty and neither of us is likely to be able to reach it. I will put some pictures up here later. We have a gas stove, so I have to try not to burn the place down. We live on the third and top floor, the landlord lives beneath us and has lots of kids, although they live with their mother, and the first floor is a restaurant and sells basic foods like a gas station would so it smells great!! From here lying on the bed you can see this great view of all the houses going up the mountain and at night its all lit up. However, the closer you get to the window the uglier the view gets, thanks to constuction! So, good excuse to stay in bed right! We had a MENU which is like a cheap 3 course meal that costs about 3 dollars and is usually good. We had vegetable soup and then chicken and rice and then rice and purple corn pudding. Pretty gentle so that my body doesnt reject it too much. Today we went to buy basic stuff to live with and tried to clean up somewhat. I like that we have high ceilings. The traffic is pretty loud, but Cesar says it is quieter at night. I will let you know if that is true. My friend Davo came to visit and pick up the ipod nano I brough for him since its cheaper in Canada and you can get them engraved. So he was happy and me too because I didnt have to pay an exchange rate to get some peruvian cash. The one picture is people dressed traditionally in a park in Lima and other is me upon arrival in Lima in a wonderful restaurant where the server was half deaf. Tomorrow I have a meeting where I am going to teach to get books and stuff, and I start work on Saturday! I will probably do some cleaning tomorrow because I will be bored since Cesar will have to go back to work so we don´t end up on the street...just kidding, kind of. Send me your news! love, me!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Back in Lima!

Wow that seemed like a long voyage! But I made it! The flight from Winnipeg to Toronto was great and we arrived 20 minutes early! I then had to wait for 5 hours in Pearson Airport...voted best improved airport of 2010. I hate to think what that says about other airports. I was bored in Pearson until this random old man from India whipped out some playing cards and we spent 4 hours playing blackjack and cheat and speed and rummy. I lost. But it helped pass the time. And according to him I will live until I am 85 thanks to this line on my left hand. The flight to Lima was fine it just seemed long because I was anxious to arrive and because I was up at 430 am and didnt arrive in Lima until 1am because we were delayed almost an hour due to various reasons. I didn´t feel nausous on the plane though so that´s great!The guy at immigration gave me 183 days just like that which was awesome because usually they make me pay. Must have been my day! And then I met up with Cesar and that was nice :) We´re staying in the Qorianka hotel which is where we stayed the night when Cesar dropped me off at the airport 10 months ago. We´re even on the same floor. It´s nice and most importantly safe and has hot water!! We were going to go back to Cajamarca leaving at 5 this evening but we decided to stay an extra night because I was very tired and the thought of 16 odd hours on a bus was not a welcome one. So tomorrow we will travel at 5 with CIAL which is a great company we have used before. Today we spent the day in Lima. We went to this museum about instruments that Leonardo de Vinci invented which was neat. They were all cool except the one that was literally dripping water. Not sure about the genius of that! We walked around and walked-.--and walked...and walked and now my legs are exhausted! We did sit down for an hour after superr (SPINACH FETTUCINI YUMMM) on a bus tour but there was so much traffic all we saw was a lot of cars and then when we got to the good bits it was like zooooom ok no photo ops there then! After that Cesar went to print stuff from the University and in the internet cafe there was a sign on the wall that said ¨no bad words allowed¨ which made me laugh a lot. Now I have discovered this hotel has wifi (it just gets better) and I am taking advantage of it fully! Here are some pics! Thanks for tuning in! More news soon! xx