Lisa takes on the World...Is it ready???

Blimey it's real now and i find myself in Peru! The trip was fine really and i'd heartily recommend the Megabus down to London to anyone - bargain and quick. We were delayed in Madrid for 4 hours but the queue for the freebie food soon broke the back of that. We arrived in Lima on 15th August, the start of the adventure and were welcomed outside our first hostel by a frisky little prostitute! I thought i'd chosen a nice hostel in a reputable area, well i guess she wasn't too rough?! The hostel was just dandy (apart from the bracing early morning showers) for our needs in the reputable Miraflores district of Lima. After speaking to a few people in and around the hostel the dawning realisation that we were the most disorganised and unplanned travellers there hit home. Time to start reading the guide books... First impressions of Lima: busy, noisey and polluted. Dig a bit deeper and battle through the smog and there are glimpses of beauty. Many of the parks are precisely manicured, the Cathedral stands proud and immense and the architecture around the central square Plaza de Armas is grand yet ornate. Our morbid side took us to the Museo del Tribunal de la Santa Inquisicion to look at the re-creations of torture techniques that had been used. Unfortunately all the literature was in Spanish so we struggled somewhat but nevertheless had smiley piccies taken next to the life size re-creations. I was quite shocked that we were being hounded so much by beggars whilst we were in the church San Francisco, even children as young as 4 asking for cash and trying to grab money out of the donation boxes. People were extremely friendly but being a cynical old boot I was constantly questioning their motives. I have now seen 3 people wearing psycho sandals (those velcro things) with socks - maybe i should aspire to join them??!! We are currently in a wee town 6 hours south of Lima called Nazca. Nazca is famed for the strange designs seen in the desert which surrounds the town - The Nazca Lines. We took a very very small and rather nauseating flight over the lines. The lines are pictures of monkeys, whales, birds etc etc plus a few trapezoids which have baffled scientists for years. Personnally i think i'd dispel the alien landing strip and stick with the 'Shamen' theory. The shamen consumes psycho-active drugs (not for pleasure you understand)that convinces him he can fly and so enters the world of spirits in order to rid sick people of evil spirits. The lines were designed to depict what was seen in the minds eye of the flying shamen?? After the flight we thought we'd wind down with a trip to a few tombs to see delightful mummies (i think we are actually rather sick individuals who may need help). Chaucilla housed 12 open tombs with some rather vile looking mummies positioned in them. There were even mummified babies in situ. Probably the most garish was the braided hair which frankly looked better than both Lisa and mine after a week without a hairdryer! Onto Cuzco tonight, a 14 hour imperial class bus journey.Even though we don't speak hardly any Spanish, well none whatsoever we are managing...thanks to lots of raising of eyebrows,flicking of phrasebook pages and random gesturing and flapping with our arms!!Are we getting strange looks? You can bet your bottom dollar!!I am sure that the more brandy based pisco sours we consume the more they will think we are locals. Mind you everyone is dark and small here so we do rather stick out, especially Fran who is taller than me and has that peroxide look!

  • 352 days (14 Aug 2005 - 01 Aug 2006)
  • 72801 km (45236 miles)
  • 15 countries
  • 123 entries (41615 words)
  • 524 photos
  • 3.3 ratings (73 votes)
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Day Journal date: Country Place Title Distance Media Rating
1 Aug 14, 2005 09:30 United Kingdom Buxton » Bye Bye Bye Buxton 0 km 2.3 (3 votes)
1 Aug 14, 2005 10:30 United Kingdom Manchester » Lift off from Manchester!! 35 km 3 (1 votes)
1 Aug 15, 2005 03:28 United Kingdom London Early start in Heathrow!! 300 km 1 (1 votes)
2 Aug 15, 2005 11:30 Spain Madrid Four hour delay in Spain!! 1566 km 2 (1 votes)
4 Aug 18, 2005 08:33 Peru Lima » Peru we love you!! 11088 km [*] (3) 3.5 (2 votes)
7 Aug 21, 2005 08:37 Peru Nazca » Nazca Lines 11449 km 3 (2 votes)
9 Aug 23, 2005 01:00 Peru Cusco Puquio » Heady Heights! 11824 km [*] (6) 3.5 (4 votes)
31 Sep 13, 2005 16:16 Peru Puno » Lake Titicaca(3820m) 12024 km [*] (1) 3 (1 votes)
31 Sep 13, 2005 16:38 Peru Arequipa » Arequipa 12193 km [*] (4) 4 (1 votes)
35 Sep 17, 2005 21:43 Bolivia La Paz » Snow climbing sucks!!! 12443 km [*] (5)
40 Sep 22, 2005 22:16 Bolivia Rurrenabaque » Awesome Amazon 12678 km [*] (13) 4 (1 votes)
45 Sep 27, 2005 11:46 Bolivia La Paz » Biking Down The World's Most Dangerous Road 12913 km
46 Sep 28, 2005 12:12 Bolivia Cochabamba » Time to Backtrack! 13148 km
51 Oct 03, 2005 12:24 Bolivia Uyuni » Who is wearing Fran's clothes? 13499 km [*] (16) 5 (1 votes)
55 Oct 07, 2005 17:46 Bolivia Tupiza » Giddy Up 13659 km [*] (4) 5 (1 votes)
60 Oct 12, 2005 22:21 Argentina Salta » Feeling Guilty 14032 km [*] (1)
61 Oct 13, 2005 23:00 Argentina Resistencia » Not Much Here 14741 km
62 Oct 15, 2005 00:13 Paraguay Asunción » One day in Paraguay 15018 km [*] (3)
64 Oct 16, 2005 15:54 Brazil Foz de Iguassu » 5 Countries in 4 Days!!!!!! 15330 km [*] (8) 3.5 (2 votes)
65 Oct 17, 2005 16:19 Argentina Puerto Iguazú » Water Water Everywhere 15333 km [*] (1)
71 Oct 23, 2005 17:13 Argentina Buenos Aires » Don´t Cry For Me Argentina!! 16412 km [*] (7) 1 (2 votes)
73 Oct 25, 2005 21:19 Uruguay Colonia » One day in Uruguay 16489 km 2.7 (3 votes)
78 Oct 30, 2005 20:36 Argentina Ushuaia » It´s the end of the world as we know it! 18894 km [*] (2) 3 (1 votes)
82 Nov 03, 2005 16:07 Chile Punta Arenas » Nightmare Bus Journey 19146 km
85 Nov 06, 2005 16:32 Chile Puerto Natales » Trapped!!!!!!!! 19338 km [*] (7) 3.7 (3 votes)
86 Nov 07, 2005 22:27 Argentina El Calafate » The Amazing Power of Nature 19495 km [*] (12) 5 (1 votes)
87 Nov 08, 2005 15:02 Argentina El Chalten » Fitz Roy 19616 km [*] (11)
89 Nov 10, 2005 23:22 Chile Puerto Natales » Navimag 19886 km [*] (6)
93 Nov 14, 2005 23:24 Chile Puerto Montt » Puerto Montt 21029 km [*] (1)
94 Nov 15, 2005 18:50 Chile Santiago » Fun and Games on the Plane! 21945 km 1 (1 votes)
98 Nov 20, 2005 03:39 New Zealand (Aotearoa) Auckland » Sweet as! 31625 km 2 (1 votes)
99 Nov 21, 2005 04:31 New Zealand (Aotearoa) HaHei » Land of Volcanoes! 31718 km [*] (8)
100 Nov 21, 2005 20:11 New Zealand (Aotearoa) Raglan » Surf's up Dude! 31854 km [*] (4)
101 Nov 22, 2005 22:05 New Zealand (Aotearoa) Waitomo Caves » Into the abyss! 31910 km
101 Nov 23, 2005 05:31 New Zealand (Aotearoa) Rotorua » Rotten Eggs!!! 31995 km [*] (4) 5 (1 votes)
102 Nov 24, 2005 02:30 New Zealand (Aotearoa) Taupo » Caught with my pants down! 32071 km [*] (1)
104 Nov 25, 2005 08:32 New Zealand (Aotearoa) Napier » One Rainy Day 32186 km
105 Nov 26, 2005 11:43 New Zealand (Aotearoa) Waikaremoana » One Rainy Night! 32265 km
106 Nov 27, 2005 12:06 New Zealand (Aotearoa) Gisborne » More Rain 32344 km
107 Nov 28, 2005 12:19 New Zealand (Aotearoa) Rotorua » Two little stinkers 32533 km [*] (4)
107 Nov 29, 2005 02:48 New Zealand (Aotearoa) Taupo » Sunshine! 32609 km [*] (4)
108 Nov 30, 2005 02:38 New Zealand (Aotearoa) Tongariro National Park » Tongariro 32686 km [*] (5)
109 Dec 01, 2005 02:57 New Zealand (Aotearoa) Wellington » Windy Welly 32925 km [*] (6)
113 Dec 05, 2005 03:16 New Zealand (Aotearoa) Picton » Queen Charlotte Track 32993 km [*] (14)
116 Dec 08, 2005 05:00 New Zealand (Aotearoa) Abel Tasman » A life on the ocean wave! 33094 km [*] (7) 1 (1 votes)
117 Dec 09, 2005 05:22 New Zealand (Aotearoa) Barrytown » Knifemaking! 33301 km [*] (5)
121 Dec 13, 2005 05:27 New Zealand (Aotearoa) Franz Josef Glacier » The Ice Woman Cometh 33460 km [*] (7)
123 Dec 15, 2005 05:31 New Zealand (Aotearoa) Haast » Haast 33566 km [*] (3)
124 Dec 16, 2005 05:41 New Zealand (Aotearoa) Wanaka » Wanaka(be careful with the pronunciation...Linda)! 33658 km [*] (4) 2.7 (3 votes)
126 Dec 18, 2005 02:47 New Zealand (Aotearoa) Queenstown » Queenstown 33702 km
128 Dec 19, 2005 09:16 New Zealand (Aotearoa) Milford Sound » Milford Sounds 33780 km [*] (8) 5 (2 votes)
128 Dec 20, 2005 04:42 New Zealand (Aotearoa) Te Anau » The Rains Come Again!! 33866 km 3 (1 votes)
129 Dec 21, 2005 04:52 New Zealand (Aotearoa) Invercargill » More Rain! 33986 km
130 Dec 22, 2005 05:13 New Zealand (Aotearoa) Dunedin » Steepest Street in the World! 34163 km [*] (3)
133 Dec 25, 2005 05:31 New Zealand (Aotearoa) Christchurch » Kiwi Xmas 34473 km [*] (5) 5 (1 votes)
136 Dec 27, 2005 21:53 New Zealand (Aotearoa) Arthur's Pass » Climb every Mountain...... 34582 km [*] (3)
138 Dec 29, 2005 23:11 New Zealand (Aotearoa) Christchurch » Surprise! 34691 km
139 Dec 30, 2005 23:25 New Zealand (Aotearoa) Akaroa » New Year's Eve 34698 km [*] (1) 1 (1 votes)
141 Jan 02, 2006 06:33 New Zealand (Aotearoa) Kaikora » Kaikora 35227 km [*] (2)
145 Jan 05, 2006 23:54 New Zealand (Aotearoa) Christchurch » Bye Bye 35750 km
146 Jan 07, 2006 02:54 Australia Sydney » G'day Mate 37889 km [*] (10) 1 (1 votes)
157 Jan 18, 2006 00:05 Australia Hobart » Tazmania 38950 km
159 Jan 20, 2006 00:30 Australia Coles Bay » Goose Bumps! 39068 km [*] (2)
159 Jan 20, 2006 00:42 Australia Wineglass Bay » Wineglass Bay 39072 km [*] (4)
160 Jan 21, 2006 01:07 Australia Bicheno » More Goose Bumps! 39105 km [*] (3)
161 Jan 22, 2006 03:13 Australia Bay of Fires » Sun Worshipping! 39190 km [*] (3)
162 Jan 23, 2006 03:23 Australia Launceston » Launceston 39291 km [*] (3)
163 Jan 24, 2006 03:31 Australia Cradle Mountain » Lost 39396 km [*] (3)
165 Jan 25, 2006 11:30 Australia Strahan » Strahan 39469 km [*] (8)
166 Jan 26, 2006 12:22 Australia Lake Saint Clair » Bouncing Along! 39539 km [*] (4)
166 Jan 26, 2006 16:33 Australia Port Arthur » Lock Up! 39723 km [*] (7)
167 Jan 27, 2006 17:06 Australia Brisbane » Rollerama! 41527 km [*] (2) 4 (1 votes)
170 Jan 30, 2006 17:27 Australia Caloundra » Crikey Mate! 41606 km [*] (13) 3 (1 votes)
171 Jan 31, 2006 19:18 Australia Noosa » Fraser Island! 41653 km [*] (1) 3 (2 votes)
173 Feb 02, 2006 19:35 Australia Bundaberg » Loggerhead Turtle Hatchlings! 41842 km [*] (4) 4.9 (2 votes)
173 Feb 03, 2006 06:55 Australia Seventeen Seventy » 1770-Snorkelling on the Barrier Reef 41932 km [*] (1) 1 (1 votes)
176 Feb 06, 2006 08:28 Australia Byron Bay » Byron Bay 42461 km [*] (5)
177 Feb 07, 2006 07:59 Australia Brisbane » Back to Brisbane 42602 km [*] (2)
186 Feb 16, 2006 08:25 Australia Sydney » Making a fool of myself in Sydney 43334 km [*] (7) 5 (2 votes)
193 Feb 23, 2006 01:48 Australia Airlie Beach » Sailing around the Whitsundays 44882 km [*] (10)
199 Mar 01, 2006 06:36 Australia Sydney » Back to Sydney 46430 km [*] (7)
210 Mar 11, 2006 23:49 Australia Perth City » Perth 49728 km [*] (5)
213 Mar 15, 2006 03:40 Australia Margaret River » On the road again............ 49964 km [*] (10) 2.8 (1 votes)
214 Mar 16, 2006 04:02 Australia Perth City » Our last week in Oz 50200 km [*] (5) 1 (1 votes)
230 Apr 01, 2006 03:23 Singapore Singapore » Asia at last! 54109 km [*] (18)
238 Apr 08, 2006 11:52 Thailand Bangkok » Happy New Year! 55544 km [*] (13)
240 Apr 10, 2006 13:16 Thailand Ayuthaya » Singalong with Stanway 55611 km [*] (14)
244 Apr 14, 2006 14:19 Thailand Lop Buri » Monkeying Around 55662 km [*] (6)
246 Apr 17, 2006 09:16 Thailand Phitsanulok » Need a photocopier?This is the place. 55892 km [*] (9)
250 Apr 20, 2006 15:02 Thailand Bangkok » Back to Bangkok to meet Anna 56237 km
252 Apr 22, 2006 15:08 Thailand Phuket » Phuket 56930 km [*] (18)
260 Apr 30, 2006 16:09 Thailand Bangkok » Ping Pong Show! 57623 km [*] (2)
264 May 05, 2006 08:23 Cambodia Siem Reap » Another Dreaded Border Crossing! 57987 km [*] (29)
270 May 10, 2006 10:56 Cambodia Phnom Penh » Phnom Penh 58221 km [*] (11) 5 (1 votes)
274 May 15, 2006 04:32 Cambodia Kampot » The Shining 58285 km
276 May 17, 2006 04:33 Cambodia Sihanoukville » It's a small world..... 58515 km
278 May 19, 2006 04:35 Cambodia Phnom Pen » Phnom Penh 58701 km
279 May 20, 2006 04:36 Cambodia Kratie » Kratie 58860 km
281 May 21, 2006 14:06 Cambodia Kâmpóng Cham » Mr Bean! 58942 km
282 May 22, 2006 15:06 Cambodia Kratie » Dolphin snobbery 59024 km [*] (2)
282 May 23, 2006 04:37 Cambodia Sen Monorum » My Date with Dumbo! 59153 km [*] (1) 1 (1 votes)
287 May 28, 2006 04:38 Cambodia Kratie » Porn Show! 59282 km
288 May 29, 2006 04:39 Cambodia Ban Lŭng » Banlung 59457 km
290 May 31, 2006 04:41 Cambodia Stung Treng » Whacky Races 59570 km
293 Jun 03, 2006 04:42 Laos Don Khone Let » Whacky Races 2 60185 km [*] (3)
299 Jun 08, 2006 15:08 Laos Champasak » Lost! 60664 km [*] (3)
300 Jun 09, 2006 15:49 Laos Paksé » England's First Match! 60692 km [*] (1)
301 Jun 11, 2006 04:48 Laos Lao Ngam » Trapped!(Again)! 60749 km [*] (2)
305 Jun 14, 2006 11:41 Laos Paksé » Killing time in the internet again! 60806 km
306 Jun 15, 2006 15:06 Laos Vientane » Bad Times 61271 km [*] (5)
317 Jun 27, 2006 06:39 Laos Vang Vieng » It's a very small world indeed! 61380 km [*] (3) 4.6 (2 votes)
317 Jun 27, 2006 06:40 Laos Luang Phrabang » Luang Prapang 61492 km [*] (16)
321 Jul 01, 2006 06:14 Laos Luang Namtha » luang namtha 61633 km [*] (1)
329 Jul 08, 2006 15:39 Laos Houayxay » Time to leave 61762 km [*] (1)
338 Jul 18, 2006 03:38 Thailand Chiang Mai » Chiang Mai 61984 km [*] (1)
341 Jul 21, 2006 03:37 Thailand Pai » Hippy Pai 62067 km
343 Jul 23, 2006 03:35 Thailand Chiang Mai » Back to Chiang Mai 62150 km
344 Jul 24, 2006 03:09 Thailand Bangkok » Back to Bangkok by Sleeper Train! 62735 km [*] (2)
346 Jul 25, 2006 15:48 Thailand Kanchanaburi » Pussy Galore! 62846 km [*] (14)
347 Jul 26, 2006 22:35 Thailand Bangkok » Back Again! 62957 km [*] (21)
351 Jul 31, 2006 04:27 United Kingdom London » London 72501 km
352 Aug 01, 2006 04:11 United Kingdom Manchester » Nearly there! 72766 km
352 Aug 01, 2006 04:30 United Kingdom Buxton » Home Sweet Home! 72801 km 5 (2 votes)