On The Road To Arequipa
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April 29th, 2010 – by: wolfrelic
The bus ride continues as night fell. The "highway" became a single lane in either direction, and seemed to be mostly devoid of passenger cars. Trucks and buses ruled the road. As the bus played obnoxious american movies such as the Jennifer Aniston classic "Love Happens" and the ohn Cena Die Hard 3 rip off "12 Rounds" the country side sped by. Not much to be seem other than shanty huts on either side.
We stopped in Ica, six hours south of Lima, and continued on our way. At some point, as i drifted in and out of sleep, i became aware that we were driving along a cliff. The road turned bumpy and switch backed up and down hills, taking our swaying bus percariously close to the edge of the road. From my vantage point upfront on the second tier of the double-decker it looked like we could end up off the cliff at every turn.
I don't want to exagerate but it was borderline terrifying.
By morning we were driving thru a desert, a brown hard landscape devoid of life. I finally fell asleep and woke up in Arequipa.
Arequipa is filled with history. My hostel is half a block from the main Plaza De Armas with is bookended by two magnificent cathedrals. Gorgeous architecture can be seen on almost every street i visited, and the awesome volcano El Misti looms over the entire city. I met with my Travbuddy friend Rafael and he took me on a cool tour of the surrounding area, helping me with my Spanish as he showed me around. It turns out he is a huge fan of Polish culture, and has seen more Polish movies than me! Crazy. We made plans to go biking tomorrow and to venture into the Colca Canyon for a 4 day trip on Saturday.
I am off now in search of some music and some cerveza.
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