I have been helping Mike to arrange his trip to Nazca. Usually
itâ€™s very simple, but these past few days, there were accidents in the roads,
so I didnâ€™t want Mike to go in an unsafe company. He was arriving to Lima at 6pm approx and
the safe companyâ€™s latest bus leaves at 1pm! So, no way heâ€™d be able to make
it. What to do, mmm? I have been checking so many possibilities and finally I
found the better solution. Drive with the 1st bus in the morning. It
was really early: 4:30am!!!! He would go to Nazca just for a full day, so I
offered to be â€śthe safeâ€ť so he could leave his big bag with me. I arranged a
cab to pick him from the airport and drive him to my house.
Mike his 2nd time in Lima
He arrived around
7:30pm. By that time, I had already the ticket with me. I was just waiting to
give it to him. It was pointless booking him in a hostel, since he would spend
just a couple of hours in Lima.
So the plan was just hang out until it was time for him to go to the bus
station â€“ around 3:30am! OMG, it would be a looooooooooooong nightâ€¦
2 Peruanos with their Chullos :)
We were in touch while he was in the South and he told me
things were a bit hard. So I was glad
when I saw him safe and happy. We were chatting in the morning and he told me
he had stomach ache and didnâ€™t feel very well. I recommended him to eat just a
soup and drink tea. He did it and was feeling much better, but was starving by
the time he arrived to Lima.
A big boy canâ€™t survive just with a bit of soup and teaâ€¦ sorry. I asked him what
heâ€™d like to do and his answer was clear and loud: To eat! So we would try the
chifa: Peruvian Chinese food, which is tasty and filling. He has already tried
that in Cusco, but wasnâ€™t very good. So, weâ€™d
go to my favorite one. A small one near to my house ;)
helping my mom to study, haha.
Mike left his big bag, checked his email quickly and was
ready to go, but I asked him about his little friend: Cheburashka! He had to
join us, besides I had a present for him: a chullo!!!! Cheburashka was looking a
bit dirty and tired too. Just before leaving, my mom arrived. She had an
examination next morning and needed help to study a paper. It was written in
English and had some doubts with the meanings.
And now she had not just 1
translator, but 2!!! Haha. Mike had a lot of patience and helped me and my mom.
Thank you so much!!! By the way my mom got the best grade!!! Yeah!!! was
needing help to study, since she has an exam the next day and the paper she had
to study was in English. So, Mike became a teacher for a while, haha. So much
the 3 of us at the chifa :)
The chifa was just 2 blocks away, so we just walked. For us
â€“ Peruvians â€“ chifa (Chinese food) matches perfect with Inca Kola! So, no need
to ask what to drink, just knowing if he wanted it cold or not, haha. We had a
dinner combination for 2 people, which was really feeling. It included dumplings
as appetizer. Then they brought fried rice and we could choose 2 main dishes. We
had chi jau kay chicken (salty) and sweet pork. The dinner took a long time,
not only because of the amount of food, but also because we barely stopped to
He had so many things to talk about. He had an incredible time in Cusco and Puno, full of adventures, wow! He was also
showing me some of the pics he took during the trekking. Amazing! By the way,
you wouldnâ€™t be able to see those pics since his small bag with his camera and Memory
cards was stolen in Miami
airport! So bad luck! I was lucky of being able to see some of them. But the
memories will be always with him.
Cheburashka and his chifa dinner - of course with Inca Kola, but light to avoid many calories haha
It was almost 10pm and we havenâ€™t even ordered the bill,
haha. We got the bill and I asked the guy to put the left overs in a doggie
bag! Gunther would be more than happy with it. He loves chifa, haha. We could
barely move after so much food, so it was a good idea walking to the restaurant
instead of driving.
We arrived home and I was fixing a couple of cups of tea. My
dad showed up and suddenly he and Mike started having the most interesting
conversation, haha. My dad doesnâ€™t speak English, but he and Mike were
understanding to each other perfectly. They just needed my help 2 times, haha.
In the meanwhile I was giving Gunther the left overs. He didnâ€™t touch his food,
but when I put some chifa onto it. He ate everything, haha.
Gunther was happy with the chifa!!!
It was almost midnight and my parents went to bed. Mike and
I had still 3 and Â˝ hrs to kill, before the taxi came for him. First of all
repacking his stuff. Heâ€™d take with him a small back pack. He showed me all the
presents he bought for friends and family, but there were still missing some
souvenirs. Weâ€™d take care of it when heâ€™d be back from Nazca.
While he was busy
repacking everything, I was checking TB â€“ a total addict, I know it! He was
ready with this around 1:30am. So, what to do now? Ok, see some pictures, but
not the ones I had on TB, but the ones of Mini Yadi, haha, yes I was even
smaller, haha. We were watching some TV too. They were playing the show about
strange foods â€śNo Reservationsâ€ť and he was telling me about his experiences
trying alpaca & cuy, haha. Not everybody tried this stuff, but heâ€™s a good traveler
who would always try the local food, no matter how strange it is. Well, just
the tripe would be avoided.
trying to stay awake - 3 cups of coffee were helpful haha
We were getting sleepy when the taxi arrived. He didnâ€™t buy
any ticket in advance, since he didnâ€™t know at what time heâ€™d be able to
overfly the Nazca lines. So heâ€™d decide it when he was ready in Nazca. There
was no fixed plan for Nazca. The only things he knew were: he wanted to overfly
the Nazca lines, to visit the aqueducts and to drive back to Lima the same day. While he would be having
fun in Nazca, Iâ€™d be working and looking for accommodation for him. Poor Yadi
with her hard work, haha ;)