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SandiF
06-29-2008, 07:43 PM
Every now and then we get an overwhelming feeling to go away, be alone for a while... Go some place that is new to us... No friends, no family, different people, different language. I needed a break and that was how I was feeling to be away... gone for a while and think some things over, alone. I thought of different places to go... Ghana, Peru, Egypt. Peru was the one place that kept coming back to me... thoughts of seeing Machu Picchu and being a back-pack traveller, bumming it and figuring "what next", once I was there.

My family thought it was crazy. My husband could not ... did not understand the &quot;why&quot; of doing such a trip. I was the only person that knew <span style="font-style: italic">why</span> and it was hard explaining it and the bigger picture, I did *not* want to explain. I did not let my family (parents, sisters) know I was going until the day before leaving. What the heck, they all kept acting like I'm some pickney and I have done enough travelling to know what to do and taking care of myself in a foreign country. Anyway, so ticket was bought, an Insider's Guide to Peru traveller's book, laminated map and I was all set to go. Truthfully, I was nervous about being alone in a foreign country, even though I kept saying &quot;I want to be alone for a while.&quot;

mi soon come with more... feeling tired and yeah, gotta get these pics up.

Bandana
06-29-2008, 08:10 PM
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SandiF http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/icon_hug.gif


You went through so much last year http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70459-hugs.gif I hope this trip was good for you!

Thanks for sharing, your last report had me fascinated! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70371-jump.gif

SandiF
06-29-2008, 08:56 PM
Bandanna thanks! Yeah, last year was tough and the anniversary date is coming up...hate to think of it. Reasons for this trip was something a bit more personal, which mi nah get into here. LOL!!

More of trip...

I left home on June 20. Throughout the whole flight I muddled over and over what to do. I had an idea that I wanted to spend one night in Lima, then take train to Cuzco, see Machu Picchu, then head towards Arequipa and Lake Titicacca. I had no hotel pre-booked but had several hostales written down... these were in Miraflores area, which I had no idea what it would be like. Honestly, I was scared and nervous. I started missing my home. My husband. I realised how much absence tend to make the heart grow fonder. The flight landed some time after 11pm Peruvian time (equiv. to US central time). Immigration was a breeze. I was out in the airport arrival lobby and inundated with taxi operators... TOURISTA! A taxi operator with a tour company grabbed me and I was signed up for a ride into Miraflores. It cost me $25 and the most costly taxi ride since leaving NYC. I could not bother protesting, it was close to midnight and mi did tired.

His english was just as bad as my spanish but he got the jist that I had no hotel to stay. So, he took me to Hotale Tourismo Eiffel. It is right in the Miraflores area and a block from the pacific ocean above ground &quot;board&quot; walk. The room was small, crampy but it had a sparkling clean bathroom. Took the room, which was $30/night, thought through my plans for the next day and hit the sack. I was tired and slept the whole night through.

Saturday morning I was in the hotel lobby battling communicating with the reception guy. I need to get to train to take me to Cuzco. Thing is, there are no trains from Lima to Cuzco. He started looking up flights but all flights were booked out. Turned out I was in Peru at a big tourist season ... Inti Raymi and the start of the Inca Winter Solstice. Big celebration. The hotel guy was trying to sell me a package of 4 nights in Cuzco and air fare... would've cost me over 700USD but me balk. I was on a tight budget and nuh have those kind of money to spend. My next choice was to get a bus into Cuzco.

I was out the hotel in a jiffy, grabbed a cab to the bus terminal and another disappointment... all buses were booked out until Monday. I had no choice but to book the Monday bus schedule, which is a 22 hour ride. I was back in Miraflores and decided to spend the day and the next day exploring Lima.

soon come back... laundry.

BND1999
06-29-2008, 09:11 PM
i look forward to reading this.

ever since i went to guatemala.. i have been studying spanish on line. so that i can continue with travel in central and south america... peru is one place i will go.. though been doing a lot of research on bolivia and nicaragua.. and ive got to go back to guatemala... so i watch and listen carefully..

i too need to go alone possibly.. life changes. so im eager to see how it went

mountaingal
06-29-2008, 09:48 PM
welome back sandi. a friend of the family just came back and had beautiful pictures and stories. peru sounds like quite the place for soul searchers, lol.

looking forward to your pics and narrative.

ILP
06-30-2008, 11:43 AM
SandiF welcome back http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/bannana_purple.gif

mi juss ask bout you di oddah day, enoh? mi glad it is just Peru you did go ahn it wasnt di storms why you was gone. http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70459-hugs.gif

Peru is nice, dont?

mi cyan wait fi see you pictras dem http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/bannana_purple.gif

Diplomat
06-30-2008, 12:53 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: SandiF</div><div class="ubbcode-body">... all buses were booked out until Monday. I had no choice but to book the Monday bus schedule, which is a <span style="font-weight: bold">22 hour ride</span>. </div></div>
http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/eek2.gif I'm not sure I could handle that one, but looking forward to hearing about it, as well as your trip.

neutral
06-30-2008, 12:58 PM
My daughter went to peru during her 4 months trekking around south america,..she had a wonderful time.

Sandif I`m surprised you didnt pre-book an hostel for your first arrival,......you are lucky you met a genuine taxi driver,someone else could have taken you somewhere else when he realised you had no hotel booked.

MsExced
06-30-2008, 02:52 PM
Looking forward to your adventure http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/bannana_purple.gif

Magician
06-30-2008, 06:06 PM
I going love reading this!

Peru has been on my radar as well for some time. Something always comes up and gets in the way. Now I live so far away from it that it would be a mission to get there. I'll just have to wait til my company starts service there.

Come wid more torey an di pikcha dem nuh man!

DC
06-30-2008, 06:18 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Ms Exced</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Looking forward to your adventure http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/bannana_purple.gif </div></div>

Me too! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70409-waytogo.gif

churchgirl
07-01-2008, 12:04 AM
(((((Sandif))))you are an inspiration. I love your sense of adventure. I'm very much looking forward to your report.

SandiF
07-01-2008, 12:26 AM
Thank you all. Please see the pics here http://friesonline.com/Peru2008 -- I'm too tired to deal with the copy/paste of url's.

I was back in Miraflores. The day was perfect and Peruvians in the area were out walking along the ocean view. The ocean was probably 500ft below the &quot;board walk&quot; and the walk stretched for probably 2 1/2 mls one way. Along the walk there are various parks and the most popular was the &quot;kissing couple&quot; park. Peruvians in Lima are definitely not shy...every corner is a pair cuddling and kissing away. Almost made me felt jealous. LOL! The day was just perfect for people watching and taking in the scenery.

http://www.friesonline.com/Peru2008/images/img_2395.jpg

If you look closely, you will see surfers in the ocean.

http://www.friesonline.com/Peru2008/images/img_2391.jpg

SandiF
07-01-2008, 12:30 AM
Kissing couple park. This was a charming park and it romanticized Peruvians in Lima.

http://www.friesonline.com/Peru2008/images/img_2398.jpg

This is cosmopolitan Miraflores. Definitely an upscale area of Peru and the residents here appear to have more Castillian features than the other areas of the country I ventured into.

http://www.friesonline.com/Peru2008/images/img_2393.jpg

SandiF
07-01-2008, 12:44 AM
Sunday I decided to venture to central Lima. There were a few museums the travel book recommended seeing and all seemed to have a Sunday schedule. I thought of taking a &quot;dollar&quot; van but could not figure out which direction they were heading and communicating was difficult. I tried several taxis and kept requesting a price of 7 Soles (Peruvian dollars) but three taxi's turned me down! One guy brushed me off with his hand as he kept insisting 20 Soles. Eventually I found a taxi for 10 Soles and he spoke some English.

Central Lima was grimy. The taxi driver kept glancing back at me grinning his teeth and I started getting worried. Could not help not worrying and having sordid thoughts. The journey was much longer than I expected. Eventually, he dropped me at the corner of a large park (forgot the name) and a festival/fair was in progress. Good place to be ...lots of people, music, singing, dancing and food. I spent the afternoon walking, observing the festivities and sampling almost every food that was plied out on sale. The Peruvians are excellent cooks and they sure have a variety of food... roasted, fried, stewed, boiled vegetables and various meat kind. Immediately my appetite which I lost months ago came back... I was starving and filling my belly as I walked along.

Here's a charming street artist work on the pavement...
http://www.friesonline.com/Peru2008/images/img_2404.jpg

Old monuments and spanish style buildings made central Lima the place for someone more interested in seeing these architectural designs.
http://www.friesonline.com/Peru2008/images/img_2402.jpg

http://www.friesonline.com/Peru2008/images/img_2406.jpg

Several statues as this were interesting pieces to look at -- Peru's African descent popular are known for their creative dance styles and works in the arts.
http://www.friesonline.com/Peru2008/images/img_2411.jpg

SandiF
07-01-2008, 12:50 AM
I left central Lima close to dark. Took a taxi back to Miraflores, hang around the ocean view for couple more hours then head back to the motel. I was ready for Monday's bus ride.

I was at the bus terminal an hour ahead of time and the bus was on schedule. Nice big double decker style bus. The bus when it left San Isidro station was partially filled but after 2 hours of driving, the next stop it got filled up. The seat next to me became occupied. I was ready for the journey and hoped to have a good night sleep. The view for the first 3 hours was not much worth seeing... dusty streets with much traffic. So I settled back and watched a good movie. Eventually, I started seeing some good views of the ice covered Andes mountains. Beautiful!

The mountain views were something else to see.
http://www.friesonline.com/Peru2008/images/img_2416.jpg

http://www.friesonline.com/Peru2008/images/img_2419.jpg

http://www.friesonline.com/Peru2008/images/img_2420.jpg

SandiF
07-01-2008, 12:59 AM
By the time it got dark, we were served a hot meal on the bus, which tasted very good. I could tell that the bus was climbing and going up winding mountain passes. I could also see that one passenger was ill. A woman and her teenage children had to be constantly fanning her. Some time during the night, I felt like my lungs were not taking in enough oxygen. It was a tight feeling in my chest and very discomforting. Things took a turn for the worse... not only was I struggling to breathe, I also got a massive headache, which felt like a migraine. My senses became overwhelmed, especially my sense of scent. I was picking up every single disgusting odour on the bus, especially that of the woman who got ill. Then things became very much worse for me... stomach pain, nausea. For sure I came down with more than a mild case of altitude sickness. I was in agony and had to jump over the guy sitting next to me, before I brought every thing up over him and myself!!

The rest of the night I spent moaning and groaning with my face pressed against the cold pane. I could not breathe. My head was exploding and my stomach, even though emptied of its contents, was giving me a warm time. I was in cold sweat and burning up. Never in my entire life did I felt so ill. It was so bad that I asked the guy beside me if it was okay that I rest my head on his shoulder. He said &quot;okay&quot;. I was so grateful. Something about the need to have an human touch... a warm body to rest my head on was what I needed. I dozed out but only for a short while. Another wave of nausea sent me rushing to the bathroom. The countdown for daylight was most agonising. At that point, I really started questioning the wiseness of making this trip.

SandiF
07-01-2008, 01:02 AM
I made it through the night and watched the sun rise. I was also feeling a bit better and at that point, I fell asleep.

http://www.friesonline.com/Peru2008/images/img_2423.jpg

majestic ice capped peak
http://www.friesonline.com/Peru2008/images/img_2429.jpg

tomorrow I shall continue...

BND1999
07-01-2008, 08:47 AM
((sandi)) i feel for you being so sick on that bus alone.....

i have heard many many times that people get violently ill from the altitude.. nasuea. vomiting headaches.. exactly as you experienced it...

it has also been on my radar like magic.. but many photographers i have spoken to spent a week holed up in a hotel because of the disorientation. no energy to even shoot.. so i have put it on my list... but not on the top.. because i have back and foot issues that already inhibit me...

i am sure it was worth it in retrospect.. as cuzco and the villages around there.. and machu pichu are so phenomenal..

the one thing i didnt understand.. because your such a seasoned traveller.. how is it you didnt know to book to get to cuzco way ahead of time.. and take the plane... rather than an aganozing 22 hour bus ride even if you were well? i dont really love the twists and turns in buses.. scarey for me... central and south america known for them..

i look forward to more of your adventure.. i admire you tenacity.. you have my same wonderlust

MsExced
07-01-2008, 11:03 AM
Oh Sandi so sorry you got ill http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70459-hugs.gif The pictures are lovely.

mountaingal
07-01-2008, 12:49 PM
sandi, from the way you seh you was eating food from the vendors i wondered when you were going to start upchucking, lol. it usually tek me a couple day for my system to get acclimatized to food mi not used to.

then again, i've never experienced altitude sickness, so your situation could have absoluteley nothing to do with the food per se. glad you got better soon, enough, and that the gallant passenger agreed to give you a shoulder to rest on.

love these trip reports of yours, i get a vicarious thrill out of them. http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70409-waytogo.gif

CeaBee
07-01-2008, 12:55 PM
nice pics sandi...i sometimes get nauseous just driving from Kingston to Ochi http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/blush.gif

so i cant even imagine how u must how felt. (well maybe a little bit)

Bandana
07-01-2008, 02:59 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: SandiF</div><div class="ubbcode-body">I made it through the night and watched the sun rise. I was also feeling a bit better and at that point, I fell asleep.

http://www.friesonline.com/Peru2008/images/img_2423.jpg

majestic ice capped peak
http://www.friesonline.com/Peru2008/images/img_2429.jpg

tomorrow I shall continue... </div></div>


omg! http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/eek.gif


Sandi http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/icon_hug.gif


Such agony for such beautiful pictures http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70377-loveeyes.gif http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/notworthy.gif http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70377-loveeyes.gif

R00TS
07-01-2008, 05:55 PM
Very interesting place, glad your sharing http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/cool.gif did you eat any coco leaf?

Kimberley24
07-01-2008, 09:58 PM
Were you sick from the food you had while in the park or it could be the change of atmosphere in the mountains? Last December i was in Lima for a week. We were told not to eat directly from the markets; i thought they were just been a bit much and don't drink pipe water. We stayed in San Isidro, visit Miaflores a couple of days and some other areas. Being majority catholic i was suprised at seeing so much affection shown but i think it's because of the area. Probably not the same outsie of Lima. It's a really beautiful country i hope to return to visit outside of Lima.

SistahD
07-02-2008, 01:55 PM
Lovely start to a great adventure,(except for the sickness) love the mountains!

SandiF
07-02-2008, 11:03 PM
Sorry folks, mi come down with another case of the cold...sinusitis..flu like problem and crashed out yesterday. Coming with more on the trip report...

BND.. that was actually how I had planned it.. not to book ahead but wait until I get there then deal with things as it approaches. A bit risky I know! A learned a few things though... if not wanting to spend time in Lima, book a flight from Lima to Cuzco or wherever you want to go. Seeing Machu Picchu in the early morning is worth it more than in late morning. Spend the night in the town below Machu Picchu, then do the 25mins bus ride up the mountain to view the stunning sunrise amongst the ancient ruins.

Mountaingal, my belly usually can handle any kind of food. But the altitude really caught me and with my belly full of all kind of spicy and sweet stuff. LOL!

Kimberley, yeah, I was told not to drink the water, which I did not. The food, oh my, I could not resist. Got to give it to the Peruvians for their tasty meals.

H_O
07-03-2008, 01:45 PM
AWESOME!!!!!!! did you go to Michu Pichu?

ReggaeGirl2000
07-04-2008, 09:28 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: SandiF</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Every now and then we get an overwhelming feeling to go away, be alone for a while... Go some place that is new to us... No friends, no family, different people, different language. I needed a break and that was how I was feeling to be away... gone for a while and think some things over, alone. I thought of different places to go... Ghana, Peru, Egypt. Peru was the one place that kept coming back to me... thoughts of seeing Machu Picchu and being a back-pack traveller, bumming it and figuring &quot;what next&quot;, once I was there.

My family thought it was crazy. My husband could not ... did not understand the &quot;why&quot; of doing such a trip. I was the only person that knew <span style="font-style: italic">why</span> and it was hard explaining it and the bigger picture, I did *not* want to explain. I did not let my family (parents, sisters) know I was going until the day before leaving. What the heck, they all kept acting like I'm some pickney and I have done enough travelling to know what to do and taking care of myself in a foreign country. Anyway, so ticket was bought, an Insider's Guide to Peru traveller's book, laminated map and I was all set to go. Truthfully, I was nervous about being alone in a foreign country, even though I kept saying &quot;I want to be alone for a while.&quot;

mi soon come with more... feeling tired and yeah, gotta get these pics up. </div></div>

SandiF, we are kindred spirits and seem to like the same things! I would never call it crazy, in fact GOOD FOR YOU!!! Thanks for posting, really enjoyed it http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70409-waytogo.gif

RG

Gen
07-04-2008, 04:23 PM
nice report Sandi http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70409-waytogo.gif mi miggle name is wanderlust. I used to juss pick up and go anywhere too but not since mi have pickney. hopefully now that she is older mi can start again http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/yahoo.gif

I don't think I would be able to do the bus though http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/scareyuh.gif up any winding roads.

nice pictures.