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This morning I wake to the sound of hammering. Theyâ€™re building behind this house and also next door and/onto this house. Very noisy. Have breakfast and then ask Orlando (manager) about arranging a visit to the local doctor. My knee is getting worse, not better, so think that I need another opinion. We arrange an appointment for 6 pm today.
Then some local travel agents come and talk to me about visiting the Nasca Lines on Thursday. Iâ€™ve decided to do it as a day trip from Lima, though on second thoughts it probably would have been better to have gone there on the way to Lima. Iâ€™m to be picked up here at 4 am! I donâ€™t have enough money to pay cash, so they come with me to a local atm.
Lima is expensive, or so it seems, more so than Cusco or Arequipa. At other places Iâ€™ve never been charged for using my credit card, but Casa Bella, the restaurant last night and the travel agent will charge me if I use my credit card, so I prefer to pay cash.
I ask Orlando about hiring a driver and having a tour this afternoon before I go to the doctor, but he says itâ€™s too crowded in the afternoons and the morning is really the only time to go.
I go downstairs to the MRI area, itâ€™s about 6:30 when I speak to someone. Would 7 pm tonight suit? Of course. So I go back to the doctorâ€™s receptionist. She doesnâ€™t speak English and she speaks Spanish very quickly, so is quite a challenge. A couple of the people in the waiting room join in; everyone is very friendly. They say Buenos noches, even though weâ€™re just fellow patients. After much discussion I make another appointment for Friday morning. Then I go back to have the MRI. Ghastly things, lying still for 35 minutes is something that my body hates. At least I knew what to expect and a knee isnâ€™t as bad, no head inside the machine.
After I leave I decide to find somewhere to eat. I feel like a glass of wine and perhaps Japanese or Chinese food as I can see some bright lights that look hopeful. First place is Japanese, sake, no wine. Second is casino, no thanks. Third is Japanese, but martial arts academy, donâ€™t think so. Fourth, fifth and sixth are Chinese restaurants but only sell wine by bottle. Seventh is Chinese, but no wine at all. Eighth is casino. OK, I give up. Ninth, where I go is MacDonalds, BigMac, small fries and 2 orange juices. Taxi back to house is NS4; remember it was NS13 to the Clinic and I havenâ€™t walked that far.