Farewells and greetings
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ANDREI - Had to bid Nicola farewell as she was due to return to England while Kerry and I met up with Budget Expeditions tour in the evening. Tears were shed after she left to hook up with her friend Gemma and we had to get used to travelling without her.
After, we had another little wander around the vicinity of Hostal Roma, then congregated in the hostal's cafe for the pre-departure meeting with our tour leader (Mateo, a Brit - the locals have trouble pronouncing "Matthew") and our driver (Steve-o, an Aussie of much experience and wise-cracks).
Our fellow travellers were =
Aussies: Renee & David; Isabelle & Trent; Brooke & Josh; John (Irishman) & Kylie; Simon; and Isabelle K.
Brits: Ruth & Steve; Shashi, Claire (actually Brazillian) and Lindsay.
Kiwis: Steve P, Tim, Charlie (Charlotte) and Maeve.
Our transport was to be a converted Mercedes-Benz truck, named "Jack" - possibly the biggest non-construction vehicle on the road in Peru! Happily, we were told that we were to get all the camping for our trip out of the way at the start - a good way for everyone to get to know eachother. Our first opportunity to socialise was, in fact, that night as we headed for a group meal in the Miraflores district of Lima. Upmarket, but the main street for restaurants had a number of "eager" ladies touting for us to eat at their place - a typical experience as groups of gringos wander around South America! All went well (barring one slight loss of temper by one in the group...) and we were all tucked up by midnight for the journey to the sand dunes in the morrow.