Additional Miles traveled approximately 700.
24.06.2009 - 28.06.2009 70 °F
Hello Blog readers.
Sorry it has been a while. Our friend Regina ending up arriving on time. If you read the last entry carefully, you will have noted that Sara's flu got upgraded to "from hexx". Well she is still battling. We took an extra day in Lima to try and recuperate. We took the bus to Arequipa instead of Fito coming to get us...turns out it is a twelve hour trip!! Our bus was fairly comfy and we traveled from 7pm to 7am. Our seats were in the upper deck. We crossed the massive Peruvian desert. It astoundingly had even less vegetation than our Arizona desert.
We arrived bright and early to Arequipa after a night of barely sleeping during the night. We scurried off glad to have arrived. Unfortunately Mike hurried with a little too much haste. Two important items were left behind on the bus. One to be recovered after much phone calling and driving to the bus cleaning station. The item recovered...sun glasses clip on...the item lost ....camera.... Mike ran back to the terminal and checked several more times before giving up as lost. The camera served us well through many travels, birthdays, and adventures. Thanks John. The additional irony being that Mike had just bought additional memory and battery and whoever the rotten scoundrel that has it will only be able to use it for about two weeks or buy a new charger!! HA HA. Luckily our friend Regina has a sweet camera and we will be uploading pics soon. That was the first dimensional portal adventure.
As we arrived in the center of town and went upstairs to eat in a cafe we heard shouting coming from the street...turns out Mike's fleece had been left behind in the cab. Dimensional portal incident involving article number three!! Phew! Note to self...no important items should be left with Mike until dimensions realign.
Fito's dad met us at the restaurant and we were installed in the Duran househould for the duration of our stay in Arequipa. They were amazingly hospitable. They were amazingly nice and Rodolfo (fito's dad) invited us often to try to kill our colds with Pisco the peruvian drink. Queta (fito's mom) showered fifteen years of gratitude on Sara for hosting her kids in the states as exchange students. She sends greetings to all involved Ohioans.
Fito's "ex" Sina and her dad were visiting as well from Germany. We shared many meals, toasts (proust) and even a small dance in the living room. Rodolfo took us on several awesome site seeing tours of the city as well as taking us to the home where Fito grew up, fell off a ten foot wall on his head, and climbed a mountain!! It was beautiful but a little sad to see their old home and the factory deserted (thanks to times of terrorism and globalization).
We ate quinea pig, alpaca, and generally had a great time even tasting Coca tea to fight altitude sickness.
Enough for now.
Sara and Mike