adventures of 2006, 2007, and 2008 thru 09/03 have been published on the
website. We continue with the
2008 #27 09/04/08 thru
last update, we were heading back to Lima on an overnight bus from Arequipa,
Yesterday evening, we departed the city of Arequipa by bus.
We had chosen the Cruz del Sur bus line in the comfortable seats
of their VIP Cruzero service. We
were attempting to get some sleep or, at least, some meaningful rest.
Providing almost non-stop service to Lima, the bus was only scheduled to
make a quick drop-off at Paracas. On
the map, Paracas is just south of Pisco and near San Martin
Around 7am, the bus stewardess handed out a poor excuse for breakfast.
The paltry offering was merely a bread roll with cheese, two bite-sized
muffins, and only hot sweetened tea or sweetened coffee.
Fortunately, I had stashed some crackers and tangerines in my daypack.
When the bus made its drop-off at 8am, we knew then that there was no way
for a 9am arrival time at Lima.
Our trusty wristwatches told us that it was already 11:30a as the big bus
wheeled into their own terminal in Lima. Instead
of the printed promise for a 13-½ hour trip, we had been rolling for 16 hours.
Since there had been no delay, we strongly suspect that this is the
normal arrival time. Although
we had missed a lot of scenery with the night run, the trip had been as
comfortable as could be expected.
We negotiated with numerous taxi drivers to obtain an acceptable fare to
central Lima. Negotiating for such
small amounts is something that many foreigners resist.
It is important to realize that negotiating is an accepted, even
expected, business practice. In
many instances, if a person does not bargain, they will not be very well
respected and, furthermore, they will often be dimly viewed as somewhat foolish.
At the bus station, taxi fares were being quoted at 20 Soles with
marginal reductions through bargaining. We
moved just down the street where we finally accepted a 7 Soles fare to take us
to our Hostal San Francisco at
Calle Azangaro, 127.
Remember, in Peru, it is not common to tip the taxi driver.
The great folks at our hostal had #304, a nicer, larger room, ready and
waiting for our arrival. It was
nothing real fancy but everything was very clean, the showers were hot, the beds
comfortable, and, most importantly, the staff is absolutely wonderful.
All of that was available for approximately $18 US per night.
I highly recommend this place for a safe, convenient, and economical
We didn’t rest very long before deciding to get out and do some
sightseeing. After all, this would
be our last full day in Peru.
This restaurant was proudly displaying this roasted pig and
some prepared pulled pork sandwiches. Although
it looked pretty good, we didn’t dash in for lunch.
I wonder, "Would you have eaten here?"
Much of the architecture in Lima is nothing less than spectacular.
Even under the near constantly gray skies, we eagerly walked all around
looking for different and interesting sights.
Now falling into a state of disrepair, these wooden balconies must have
been extremely elegant in their better days.
I defy you to look at these luscious strawberries without drooling.
You could be savoring 2.2 pounds of plump red fruit for slightly more
than 50 cents.
This is the backside area of the national
…A side view of the
Do you think that this is a church?
It may have been, however, it is presently a school, La
Gran Unidad Escolar Mercedes
No sightseeing day can be complete without a visit to the local Mercado
(market). The fish from this vendor
looked very fresh.
…Or maybe you’re in the mood for the
(whole chicken) or Carne de
…Or how about some
You’d have the choice of stomach linings from cows, sheep, alpaca, or
maybe others. Will that be chopped
or whole, Ma'am?
Lima has a large Chinatown area marked by a familiar Chinese archway.
There were lots of shops specializing in goods from China.
Numerous opportunities abound to partake of their delicacies and
specialties at various
(Chinese restaurants). The men in
the yellow vests are the moneychangers. You
can change Euros,
Dólares (dollars), or a variety
of other international currencies with them.
I was always a bit reluctant to be flashing money around on the open
street. You must be very careful to
check each bill for damage and especially for
(counterfeits). In Peru,
counterfeit money is rampant. For
safety reasons, we preferred to change money indoors at a Casa de
Cambio (change house).
The shopping area stretched for many blocks beyond the limits of
How many other blue and yellow churches can you name?
This one is called, “El
Santuario de Santa Catalina de
Hoards of Limeños
strolled the streets of the surrounding area astutely shopping for the best
…Lima’s response to the UPS driver.
Lashing those crushed boxes like that, he has a promising future as a
baggage handler at New York’s Kennedy Airport.
Each of these boxes weighs 11 kilograms (24.2 pounds).
If you want, you can do the math to figure the load bearing capacity of
this cart; I’ll just guess that it exceeds OSHA guidelines.
And by the way, where are his steel-toed boots and safety back strap?
We observed numerous vendors selling these strange looking, little
spotted eggs. I have no idea what
bird they are from. Do you think we
tried them? I think, NOT!
Moving closer to the historic zone, many of the buildings have been
nicely restored to their former elegance.
At the Aero Club of Peru, a private organization for Peruvian aviators,
we had the privilege of seeing a replica of the famous
Born in Paris of a Peruvian father, Jorge
Chávez was the first man to fly
across the Alps Mountains in Europe. His
aircraft was just like this one. Unfortunately,
his fame was short lived because he died less than a week later in a tragic
crash in Italy. In commemoration of
his accomplishment, the Jorge
Chávez International Airport in
Lima was named in his honor.
The upscale shopping area lining the pedestrian mall along
Unión is graced with the
beautiful facades of these restored buildings
Adjacent to the Plaza de
Armas, these fabulous balconies
are stunningly gorgeous.
These cute cheerleaders are part of a marketing promotion for these
upscale fashion shops in the modern, enclosed mall.
This yellow edifice houses the Centro Cultural
Escuela National de
Bellas Artes (Center of Culture
and National School of Fine Arts).
In case you were wondering, the answer is a resounding YES!
Of course we had to return to the jewelry bead stores for some last
minute bargains. I tell you, the
woman’s gone MAD; I tell you, MAD, MAD, MAD!
We even had to go change some more money to help feed her insanity. Although she may be just plumb nuts, it is nicely reassuring
to know that she does, indeed, make some absolutely beautiful creations.
In Peru, the sun usually sets a little bit after 6pm throughout the year.
The city features seem to put on a different face under the intense
The Iglesia Y
Monasterio San Francisco appears
beautifully transformed at night.
Just across from the church, we enjoyed dinner at the
Pancho Fierro Restaurant.
The small local eatery serves tasty and economical meals from their daily
The gal at the hostal was always very nice and helpful.
I thanked her saying, “Muchas
She replied, “Who told you my name is ‘Faya’?”
I told her that the other girl that works there had told me.
She started shaking her head and smiling. Then I started thinking, “Faya”,
sounds just like “Fea”.
Right away, I knew that I’d had been set up for the brunt of her
friend’s joke. I had assumed that
her name was like ‘Faya’; not so, my friends.
In Spanish, the same sounding “Fea” means “Ugly Girl”.
Of course, I was totally embarrassed but we got to laugh it off.
She explained that her friend had done this to her before and it was a
big joke. I fell for it, hook,
line, and sinker. By the way, her
real name is Maria. I hope you get
to meet her someday.
We packed up all our belongings, showered, and went to bed early in hopes
of the next few hours of sleep.
FRIDAY LIMA – Bogotá
– MIAMI – HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA
The preset alarm clocks and
Despertar (wake up call) harshly
disturbed our few hours of sleep at the ungodly hour of 1:45am.
Maria had arranged for a private taxi to take us to the airport this very
early morning. When we left the
hostal at 2:15a, the taxi was standing by to whisk us through the nearly empty
streets. In the traffic of daytime,
this ride would have taken over an hour. Just
20 minutes later, we were getting out of the taxi with our bags.
The reasonable, prearranged fare was S./30 (about $11 US).
The relatively short line was moving painfully slow.
Why? When it was finally our
turn, we learned the reason was because they were changing everybody’s
flights. Our scheduled 5:50am
flight was severely delayed and would not depart until after noontime. You know,
we could have stayed in bed a whole lot longer.
We were fortunate that we could still arrive in Miami tonight, only at
the much later time of 10:55pm. Others
were not so fortunate as they could not make any connections in Bogotá today.
They had to be rescheduled for tomorrow’s flights.
Unfortunately for us, we would need to occupy ourselves for over 9 hours
while stuck here in the terminal area.
I found an internet kiosk and was successful in sending an email to Jeff
and Sharyn who were anticipating to pick us up at 3pm this afternoon.
Of course, they were not awake to respond so I had to hope that they
received it okay. A check of the
weather was positive since Hurricane Ike, that had been forecasted to make
landfall along the Florida coast, was veering south and would pass into the Gulf
of Mexico (note:eventually, it hit the Texas coast at Galveston causing massive
destruction). The other storm,
Hurricane Hannah, had turned northerly and was now headed toward South Carolina
expected to arrive this late weekend or early next week.
It was comforting to know that Sharyn and Jeff would be safe and that
AMARSE would be safe in southern Georgia.
There were some expensive choices for eating in the terminal.
There is nothing else around here for miles so we were necessarily
subjected to their ways. We read, we wrote, and, best of all, we played our
favorite dice game, Farkle. At the
end of our matches, we resulted in a final tie meaning neither of us could claim
bragging rights. Oh well, you win
some and you lose some. Before we
knew it, the hours had seemingly flown by.
Security was effectively performed and remained relatively hassle free.
We had to purchase our departure tax stamp for $30.25 US per person.
After boarding the AVIANCA 757-200, the rescheduled 12:20p flight AV074
was airborne at 12:38p. A smooth landing put us in Bogotá, Columbia for our
connecting flight to Miami.
Even though we did not leave the secure terminal area on our way to the
next departure gate, we still had to go through 3 separate security checks
conducted by 3 separate agencies. At
one checkpoint, the Columbian Army removed everything from our hand luggage for
closer examination. I had numerous
pieces of pottery depicting a Peruvian nativity scene; the inspector hand
weighed each piece to ensure authenticity.
For our Bogotá to Miami segment, we boarded AVIANCA flight AV008.
The 757-200 departed on time at 6:15p CDT and taxied up to the gate in
Miami at 10:55p EDT. After the
short lines at the Immigrations booth, US Customs reminded us never to use
pencil again on our declaration forms and waved us on through after x-raying our
Fortunately, our email correspondence had gotten through. Jeff was
waiting patiently at the Customs door to escort us to the nearby Toyota Sequoia
that Sharyn was watching over. It
was almost midnight before we got back to their place in Hollywood.
We are so thankful to have these loved ones willing to take such good
care of us. We both love them so
Everyone was soon ready for bed. Tomorrow
would be a better time to share our thoughts and news.
SATURDAY HOLLYWOOD, FL
It was a slow paced and relaxing Saturday morning.
It had been late last night when we arrived and we needed the extra time
to rest up.
We gave Sharyn and Jeff a Nativity scene that portrayed the manger birth
in an Andean theme. The figures of Joseph, Mary, the Wise men, and Shepard boys
are all unusually dressed in typical Andean clothing. Even the baby Jesus wore the familiar woolen cap with earmuff
flaps typically seen in the native highlands.
It will be a conversation piece for many years during the holiday season.
When Sharyn was a young girl, I would often bring her a small silver
spoon from my travels. She remembered her collection when I gave her another spoon
For some strange reason, Judy’s car battery was dead.
Jeff and I jumped started the car and let it charge up.
There must be a little light or something that is stuck on and draining
the battery. I guess that we should
have disconnected the battery terminals like we have other times.
As usual, it’s live and learn.
Someone suggested Longhorn Steakhouse for lunch.
Of course, everyone concurred with the choice.
Jeff and Judy had juicy gourmet burgers, Sharyn had a nice steak, and I
had a big bowl of their special Texas Chili.
Thanks, Jeff and Sharyn.
With our lunch fully settled, three of us went for a nice long swim in
one of the complex’s pools. Jeff
chose to watch some of his favorite sports programs on the TV.
The water felt great and we had the chance to chat for a nice long time.
In the evening, we all went for an invigorating walk along the fabulous
Jeff and Sharyn were out early for their church activities.
Judy and I were slow to get going and around.
We enjoyed reviewing some of the photos that we took on our trip.
This was the first opportunity to see them on a bigger screen than the
camera itself. We have taken over
4000 pictures during our wonderful adventure trip.
It sure is great to have digital cameras.
Lunch was a real highlight. Jeff
and Sharyn recommended Giorgio’s Deli and Bakery located right on A1A at
Hollywood Beach. Luckily, we got a table on the deck overlooking the ICW (IntraCoastal
Waterway). The food was great, the
scenery amazing, and the chance to be together was unforgettable.
Judy had sliced turkey on a baguette, Sharyn had a plate of tomatoes and
fresh mozzarella slices, Jeff had the Greek lasagna, and I had the Giorgio’s
Platter, which was filled with delights such as Greek olives, feta cheese,
tomatoes, onions, peppers, artichokes, and thinly sliced pieces of heavenly Lox. Thanks, Judy.
Although the car has been kept in the complex garage, the ocean air
constantly blows through covering the vehicle with a filmy coating of dirt and
salt. Jeff suggested a hand carwash
place on Route 1. They did an
amazing job of cleaning the car on the inside and out for only $15.
They earned a nice tip too for their conscientious hard work.
Somehow, the three of them managed to scrape up enough energy to take
another walk along the Broadwalk. I
was zapped and decided to conk out for the night.
It has been a really nice day together.
MONDAY HOLLYWOOD, FL
to BRUNSWICK, GA
Sharyn and Jeff helped us get ready to head north.
Of course, they have to get busy with their work obligations this
morning. By 9:50am, we had said our
goodbyes, traded hugs and kisses, and motored out of the parking garage.
We had to fill our gas tank in Boca Raton.
The price at the pump was $3.97 per gallon for mid-grade.
The trip from Hollywood to Brunswick was about 400 miles and the full
tank would take us the rest of the way.
My camera has been steadily failing for the last week or so.
The screen has deep burns in the LCD and there are some focus issues
causing problems. Just north of
Jacksonville, we stopped at the Best Buy store to leave it for warrantee
repairs. They promised to have it ready for pickup in 2-3 weeks.
They had all the receipt and warrantee information in their computer even
though the camera had been bought in Texas.
At 7:05pm, we arrived at Brunswick Landing Marina.
AMARSE looks so great to us and we are pleased to be back aboard.
Paul and Sue Graham had invited us to ODYSSEY.
Just 15 minutes after our marina arrival, Sue was serving up dinner to
the hungry travelers. That’s what
we call a wonderful friendship.
You might think that I would have been so exhausted that I would have
headed straight to bed; NOT! This
fool stayed up until 3:40am messing with picture files on the computer.
Do you think I will ever learn?
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This Update edition concludes the narrative and pictures from our fantastic adventure to Peru. The Updates from this trip were published in a series because of the file size and number of pictures. You can easily identify this series on the LOGLIST 2008 by the purple highlights.
I hope you have enjoyed them in sequence and that you will have the opportunity to visit that magnificent country too.
Future updates will continue with our life aboard AMARSE and our next
group of exciting adventures.
We sincerely hope you will join us again
soon for more of our activities.
Please let us know if you have any special suggestions and thoughts.
Thanks for allowing us to share our life and adventures with you.
Reed and Judy Law
Please consider reviewing the previous years of compilations to give
context to the current editions.
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