about me, arnaud and François crossing the ocean and the equator looking for...

12 August 2006

from cusco to being alone

so we did go eat and since I didn't have anything left to read, I also went to purchase a couple of books - they didn't have a single author I know so I just did some random picking. being a little bored, we went to the tourism office to ask if they had a cinema we could waste a cuople of hours in, but they didn't. we figured since we didn't have anything to do, we might aswell go play some cards and have a little beer so we went to the gloomy cafe we had been to two days before and ordered a couple of beers. having drank those beers, we were hungry again and so went for a burger, then it was time to get to the bus station to catch the bus. it's funny, we had almost slept 12 hours and we were really tired so this turned out a bit like a wasted day, but fun anyways.
the bus ride was one of the worste so far. it was from 2100 to 0530. The bus looked first class, smelled good and everything but had been so badly designed that you couldn't put your seat back enough (therefore, no sleep), you had NO SPACE for your feet, the TV was barking (and they had chosen 3 hours long king kong movie!!) and when the TV was finally turned off, the music was turned on in the driver's cabin which just happened to be in front of me, and it was loud :) I ended up sleeping on the floor in between everyone else's feet :)
no need to say, the next day we felt a bit tired. we arrived in arequipa at 0530 and took a cab to the city centre, deserted at this time of the day. the others enquiered how they could visit the canion in a day, but since it wasn't possible, we just walked around the city to see all it has to offer (and it's a really nice city) until we'd seen it all and found me a hotel before sitting down to play some cards (in the mean time, I'd had decided I wouldn't follow arnaud and francois to chili and would stay in arequipa to try to meet up with yfat ,marie-emerence and sophie; and had unsuccessfully tried to contact M-E and Soph). we then watched a procession in honor of Señor "smth", protector of arequipa and then went for a last beer before we parted. I went with them to the bus station to pick up my bag and after little "goodbyes" and "goodlucks" I took a taxi back to my hostel.
I had a good shower (first one in two days) and went down a pub to plan my next day while drinking a Pisco sour (national drink, althought chile says it's his national drink....). I wanted to go visit the canion for two days and looked at the timetable and all. having it all set, I went to bed for what I thought would be a good night sleep. it turned out to be just a night, since I woke up two hours later shaking with fever and my ear drums molested by all the party going on outside (and it went on until 0430) No need to say I quickly understood I was not fit for a two day trip in a canion and figured I'd be much better off recovering for a day or two. and so I did. I stayed in bed until 1500 (oddly, there is a lot less noise in the street from 0600 to 1500 than from 2300 to 0430!!) I then had lunch in front of the hotel after what i decided I should try - again - to contact marie-emerence. no I'll go have a cofee on the main sqaure before going back to have a sandwish and another good night sleep. I'ma bit "upside down" and wanna recover before heading south.
so, from now on, you'll be following my lone adventure which I hope will be as much fun as they were with the two other dudes.
C. U. :)

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