Happy easter and sad good byes!

I didn’t even know it was easter. It’s weird because to me it has been like it’s summer now during my travels, which we in Sweden have in june-july. Now the autumn is coming here, so it feels more like august or something, but it’s only march. It’s sort of messing with my head.

Anyhow. The yoga was cancelled this morning since there is a lot to do because of the easter. The hare Krishna doesn’t celebrate Easter, but the people here in Lima has a tradition to go to the beach then because they are free from work and because it’s the last summer weekend. They put up tents on the beach, all the restaurants are open, there are stands where they sell snacks and other stuff, there’s music, football, volleyball and other activities. It feels like a festival!

Foggy beach with tents

Foggy beach with tents

And here at Eco Truly Park there are maaaany visitors! Tours, workshops and different spiritual activities. I worked in the kitchen today again, and I was really busy. It was actually much more fun today because I had Luis and Oscar telling me what to do all the time. They are two young devotes who I met the first day who has been here for 7-10 days or something, really sweet. I had stuff to do all the time even if we were like 15 people working in the kitchen today!

After a late lunch we said good bye to Daniel and Ann-Sofie, buhuuu… I hate when good people leave, the good thing is that they are from Denmark so it’s not thaaaat hard to say good-bye because it’s a bigger chance we’ll actually meet again.. But still it’s sad, they really fit in here at the park.

Daniel is writing in Francescos book, he gives it to people he mets along the way, and they have to answer the question "What makes you happy?". Such a nice idea!

Daniel is writing in Francescos book, he gives it to people he mets along the way, and they have to answer the question ”What makes you happy?”. Such a nice idea!

I had a short siesta before a workshop of “Therapy music” that Rainar, Susana, Esteban and Didac hold. I talked about it yesterday at the beach party with Rainar, he learned about it in India, and traveled around in a Music Therapy Caravan before in Brasil. So interesting. He told me that some people get so affected by the music that they cry, or they shake like 30 cm above the ground without noticing it, some people just laugh… it’s different for everybody, it releases what you have inside. The sessions duration was about one hour, and it was AMAZING. I haven’t felt anything like this before. When I told you I felt relaxed that first yoga-morning, it was nothing compared to this one. In the beginning I wanted to cry, but at the end I was so relaxed. I was totally in another world. When they rang in a bell my left arm moved of it self, weird. Also I know that I have been “ dreaming “ stuff, like solving problems in my head, which felt really good, but I just can’t remember what it was about afterwards… to bad.

Music therapy session

Music therapy session

In the evening we went to the beach to have a look at the sunset, Francesco is leaving tomorrow so it was his last. Every time we go out to the beach, there are at least 3 dogs from Eco Truly following us and protecting us. And they are so funny, I don’t know how many times they have kicked sand in my face while looking for a crab in the sand 1 meter from me, or just bumped into me while playing with each other (I swear they do it on purpose!). Haha, and they are so dirty! But really sweet, they are my friends now.

Sunset at the beach, you can see some tents there too..

Sunset at the beach, you can see some tents there too..

Me and francesco during sunset, with our dots in the forehead they gave us at music therapy :)

Me and francesco during sunset, with our dots in the forehead they gave us at music therapy :)

At night we got out of power, but I didn’t mind it so much. It doesn’t feel like electricity is necessary here since we live so down to earth somehow. We lit some candles instead. But it did ruin some plans, like there were going to have a concert and they needed lights for it, or for the freezer to keep things cold etc..since there’s gas here, you can still cook, so that’s good. Anyhow. There was a fire show at the stage, with a band of drums, and it was so cool. It has always been a dream of mine to belong that kind of drum-band. Someday I hope I can! It’s so cool. Also there were some fire shows, really impressive. After we went to the temple were there was another Music Therapy session, but it was too crowded, so I didn’t hear so much..so it wasn’t as earlier today, but it was relaxing, Esteban and Francesco fell asleep and snored.. haha. After that we went to sleep.

Fire show at the scene!

Fire show at the scene!

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Today there wasn’t any Yoga either. After breakfast I helped out in the bakery, and it was so fun! I helped out with 8 pies, I don’t know how many muffins, pizza, chocolate cake, alfajoles (yes, the argentinian thing!)… and it was a lot of fun! I’m surprised I enjoy it so much, I think it’s because I do it in good company and not for myself, and because I have good guidance. : ) The only thing here is that you are not allowed to try anything while you cook it/do it, because Hare Krishna is supposed to try it first or something like that.. to bad, haha. But after lunch I bought one piece of everything and shared it with the other volunteers, and it was DELICIOUS! Mother is such a good baker! It’s good because you can call all women for mother here, and all men for prabu, it’s respectful to call that. I do know quite many names but not everyone’s, so it’s good to be able to call them with respect even if you don’t know their name.

Working in the bakery, sooo nice! I learnt a lot!

Working in the bakery, sooo nice! I learnt a lot!

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Trying all the cakes from the bakery! mmmmmm!!!

For every day that I’m here I enjoy it more and more. I remember in the beginning that I was a little bit uncomfortable because of the religion here, since I wasn’t hare Krishna myself and I don’t believe in any particular God,but I noticed that the others here aren’t religious either. They are more like me, we take a little bit of every religion and make our own guidelines. And it’s ok to do that here, the hare krishnas don’t judge. They are very open-minded here and it’s a very nice community to be a part of. I really like how they work together, help each other and take care of each other. It’s beautiful. They are all so nice, no one is egoistic, which is amazing to experience today. I also enjoy the yoga and the meditation, it makes me more spiritual, makes me more calm, open-minded, secure. I’m starting to get to know myself in another level. I’m not a fan of hokuspokus as we say in Sweden, but this feels real, it really helps a lot. I think it’s good that there hasn’t been any internet here these days, I think it has helped me to be able to live in the present – enjoy what’s here and around me right now and I’ve spend my free time with the volunteers and devotes doing different excursions and workshops.

Chilling out in our room. This is my new room which I share with the other volunteer girls.

Chilling out in our room. This is my new room which I share with the other volunteer girls.

Today I went to Music Therapy again, and once again, amazing! I love it. I feel soo relaxed, and I really think I’m traveling somewhere else, because I’m not really there but I’m there. During the therapy I got a face massage, and right after that, my heart started beating soooo hard, it was crazy. Also, my left arm moved again when they rang in a bell! I don’t know what that means, but I sort of wake up of some level some how. Sounds crazy I know, but it’s true. And after the therapy, there’s like a magical moment, when we are sensible, and someone can come to you and give you a long hug, and it’s not strange at all, we just share some love and appreciation. Even after yoga or after lunch you can hug someone here, doesn’t matter if you know each other well or not, if it’s a man or a woman, it just feels right here and nobody feels uncomfortable or strange by doing so. It’s beautiful. For example two men, hugging each other for a long time just feeling each others love through the hug… At home, it would feel weird if someone did that, they would probably feel uncomfortable and think it’s gay or something, I think they aren’t that secure about themselves and their sexuality.

Today it was time for Francesco to leave this place, and damn it was hard. He left right after the music therapy too, when you feel really open and vulnerable. I felt really empty when he left and I really wanted to cry. He is one of the sweetest guys I’ve met, with such a good heart, a noble gentlemen, so kind and always offering his help to everyone. We came quite close during this week and I will really miss him around here. I sat down this evening talking with Didac about good byes, and I realized that I think I’m an addict by nature, it’s either coffee, chocolate, training, or like now, I get easily attached to people. Some people you meet are just amazing, there have been some that have meant more to me then others, and then when I have to say good bye I’m always really sad.. But I’m also so glad I had and have the chance to meet so much wonderful people on my journey.

Good night!

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Volunteering at Eco Truly Park

Yoga class in the morning at 7

Yoga class in the morning at 7

I started this morning with yet another good yoga session. Not as relaxing at yesterdays, because this was much more physic involved to bring up our chacras, but still good to do some exercise in the morning. After breakfast I worked in the garden, we dug holes and planted seeds, and I loved it!! Wow. Great weather and Rosario, the gardener, was really nice and relaxed. Compared to yesterday in the kitchen when I just felt like I was disturbing when I had to ask what to do all the time, I felt really comfortable here and I enjoyed the work. Also me and Leona got off around 12 instead of 13.30, quite nice, since it was a hot day and we were sweaty it was perfect to take a shower, because there is only cold water so it’s not as nice to do it at night, haha.

Once again I had a great lunch. I love that everything here is organic and vegetarian, and it’s done with love, and it’s even blessed, haha. I’m so damn happy that I don’t need to ask if there is any meat in the food, or fish or chicken, and still not really believe if they say there isn’t, haha. Here it’s always vegetarian!! And delicious! And also, I really enjoy being around other vegetarian people. Not all the volunteers are vegetarian, but some of us are, and all the devotes and the residents.  It’s so nice to be around people who understands you. It’s actually a quite weird feeling that I hadn’t thought of before, I guess I’ve just been used to defend myself and my thoughts all the time. But I really really enjoy being in a vegetarian community :)

Amazing landscape..

Amazing landscape..

After lunch we did a small excursion to some caves Francesco had visited before, we walked up the hills in the sand and down another hill. The smell is sooo bad close to the water sometimes, it’s like rotten eggs and rotten fish haha. We went into a hole in a cliff, and in another hole in that hole so we got to a really cool cave inside.

In a cave at the ocean

In a cave at the ocean

Group picture!

Group picture! Me, Daniel, Liona, Francesco, Amy and Silas

Very nice! After that we walked even further away to a beautiful view. It was a nice escapade :) We are a really nice gang here, I like everyone, I think people who comes to this place are special. Like Daniel from Denmark, it took one second to love him, he had such a good energy, he was like a big kid with a huge smile. There are some people you really like at the first second you see them, like Romanech in Holbox, Daniel here at Eco Truly..This world is filled with lovely people.

Amy is opening the champagne at her champagne birthday! Hehe

Amy is opening the champagne at her champagne birthday! Hehe

Our birthday party at the beach, with the full moon rising above the hills...

Our birthday party at the beach, with the full moon rising above the hills…

Today it’s one of the volunteers birthday, Amy. Francesco had made her a big birthday cake today when he worked at the kitchen, so sweet. It was delicious. She turns 27 on the 27th, and in Canada (where she’s from) it’s called the champagne birthday. So we went down to the beach and had some fire lit there and champagne, pisco, wine and some snacks, some music and just chilled out and got to know each other a little bit more. I have really chosen to be here at a week where there’s a lot of things going on, first the full moon party, today Amys birthday party, and apparently tomorrow since it’s easter there will be a lot of people coming to the beach and to Eco Truly Park, so this whole week will be special!

By the way, it’s sand everywhere here. In my bed, in all my clothes, in my ears, the bottom of my hair..you just never get rid of it. Haha.

 

 

Last days with the Couchsurfing community in Lima

Hey!

I arrived here at Eco Truly Park this Monday, but apparently their internet modem had just broke, haha, that’s why I haven’t updated anything.

But before telling you about this place, I would like to sum up my last two days in Lima.

On Saturday, me, Mari-Angeles and Anthony (all three of us staying at the same hostal) went to a birthday/welcome-party that was hosted by a guy from couchsurfing. When we arrived they had this CS-flag and they also gave us bracelets like the ones you get on festivals, it stood “Couchsurfing Lima Peru”, so cool. We had a big welcoming there, I don’t know how many we where but if I guess 40, then 10 of us were travelers and the rest from the couchsurfing community in Lima. Very well organized!

Group picture of everybody at the birthday party! And the Couchsurfing flag :)

Group picture of everybody at the birthday party! And the Couchsurfing flag :)

I also experienced  ”la horaloca”, which means “the crazy hour”. It’s a typical thing to do here at Peruvians parties, they hire in 2 people that takes care of the crazy hour, dresses up (these ones were clowns) and then they make sure everybody have fun and are laughing their asses of during one hour, with help of balloons, confetti, spray, whistles etc. I had lots of crazy dance and dance trains! So much fun. Some people that we met up with yesterday at the football game was also at this party, it was nice to hang with them since we knew them from before. Because I promise, on my way from the dance floor to the toilet, I’m sure I talked to 7 different people, and everybody was asking the exact same questions. Where are you from, what are you doing here, how long are you going to be here, where have you been, where are you going, what do you think about this city, this country..and so on.  I got so tired and I felt so not interested to have conversations with anyone because I was tired of my story. I know those are the typical questions you ask someone you meet who is traveling, but I promise that if I’m at a party where there are other travelers, I will ask “What’s you favorite color??” instead.

La hora loca!!

La hora loca!!

Our little group, everybody from yesterday too!

Our little group, everybody from yesterday too!

Next day I surfed in the morning and in the afternoon I went to a couchsurfingpicknick with Anthony, Samuel and Ronald in the Parque del Faro in Miraflores. We had such deep amazing talks about life, the future, travels etc. Wow. I love those talks. Besides, the malecón there above the cliffs is beautiful and since it was Sunday everybody was out walking around there. Very nice and friendly atmosphere.

Miraflores in Lima

Miraflores in Lima

Couchsurfing picknick in Parque de los faros

Couchsurfing picknick in Parque de los faros

At night we just chilled at home (the hostal). Next day me and Anthony started doing some videos, he has a page on facebook (rodandosuenos) where he posts some videos, and he invited me to participate in one of those, where we talked about how comfortable we are at the hostal and about differences in our languages etc. Then we made some more videos, one with Elena from Spain, and with Marisol “our hostal mother”. I convinced Anthony to join me to Eco Truly Park too, so we had company there. : )

You can see the video we did in Lion Backpackers hostal in Anthonys page on facebook. https://www.facebook.com/rodandosuenos

We grabbed a cab for 18 soles from Miraflores to the Z-bus terminal, then took the bus to Huaral for 7 soles, which is one and a half hour from Lima. From sweating our asses of at the bus I started to get cold when we arrived, such a difference in temperature. And the surroundings here were amazing!!! Big big hills of sands, it’s like a mountain desert but with sea below…

On our way to the north, close to Huaral

On our way to the north, close to Huaral

The Eco truly park seen from the bus! Amazing!

The Eco truly park seen from the bus! Amazing!

When we arrived at the park there wasn’t really anyone here to receive us, they said we could leave our stuff in a room and then take a walk around the park or join a music “workshop” in the yoga studio. So we did, and wow, it was really cool. I felt so relaxed. Then we had some dinner and then went to the temple, where they have this ceremony every evening. Some singing, dancing etc. We didn’t stay all the way, mainly because we felt a little bit uncomfortable with all this religious thing since we aren’t Hare Krishna, it just felt wrong. Oh yeah, I didn’t know they were Hare Krishna here, haha.
Later we went to bed, we got a room with two beds in one of the Trulys (apparently these “houses” that has this pointy shape is called truly). The madress was about 10 cm and it was wood under, but I slept really good anyways.

Our room! Hehe

Our room! Hehe

Our yard where we live

Our yard where we live

Love this mural about life!

Love this mural about life!

Next day we had yoga and meditation at 7 for almost 2 hours. And wooow, I have never felt this relaxed!! The yoga was really relaxing but the meditation was fantastic. Can’t describe it, but I’ve never been this relaxed in my life. What a good way to start a morning!!! But not only that, we also had an amaziiing breakfast! Yummy! After that we got our workschedule, I helped out in the kitchen. It was quite meditating just to cut tomatoes, carrots, peel potatoes etc… but not so much fun. After around 4 hours of work we had lunch (yeah the one I helped with hehe) and then we had the afternoon off.

Me and Anthony made some more videos from Eco Truly park before he left to go back to Lima, tomorrow he is leaving for Chile. :( I’m sad, we have been hanging out for a while now and I really enjoy his company, we have lot’s of fun and great conversations. It always feels empty when someone you get a little bit closer to leaves.

Anthony in front of one of the yards with the temple behind

Anthony with his computer in front of one of the yards with the temple behind.

So after leaving Anthony by the bus station, me, Francesco and Ana (another Swedish girl) went into “town” to go to the internet café, mainly to tell people that I was alive. Apparently there has been wifi here in Eco  Truly but it has broken so it hasn’t been working for a couple of days. This town was not really what I call a town, it looked more like an abandoned houses, but we found the internet café though :)

When we got back Ana had a Nidra Yoga class with us, it takes around 30 minutes and it puts your body down to sleep but not your mind, so you feel like you have been sleeping for 3 hours instead. It was reaaally relaxing. After that we went up to one of the trulys that’s above in one hill and watch the sunset from up above there, so beautiful!

Panorama over the valley where we live

Panorama over the valley where we live

Later we had dinner and then, since it was fullmoon, there was a fullmoon party. It wasn’t really what I imagined, haha, but there was a lot of singing and dancing in the temple together, more then other days. But it was beautiful.

Dancing in the temple

Dancing in the temple

At night I sat down by the beach and watched the full moon for a few hours. Beautiful! And it’s not cold at all to be outside at the beach at night, I think it’s because the hills around so it’s wind still.

Surf and football in Lima.. and some catacombs

Hi!

wierd, I started to write this in Spanish… haha. I guess I’m actually starting to think in Spanish now. To write this in english gets harder and harder, haha. But it’s good so that I don’t forget! The swedish is even more weird, when people speak swedish around me and I don’t here it, it’s like I haven’t activated that ear, not until someone actually tells me they are Swedish I hear that they are speaking Swedish.. haha.

I’ve soon been here in Lima for a week. I’m really enjoying it here mostly because I feel calm and relaxed and I like to do nothing. The days pass by quickly even if I don’t have any particular plans… I haven’t actually seen so much of Lima. I’ve mostly been moving around here in the district of Miraflores, between the beach doing surfing and the hostal. : )

The beach of Makaja, as you see, a nice white sandy beach!

The beach of Makaja, as you see, a nice white sandy beach!

The church of San Francisco, with lot's of doves!

The church of San Francisco, with lot’s of doves!

I was in the city center a couple of days ago, together with a guy from Chile, nice to have company. We went to Plaza de Armas and then to the church of San Francisco and visited the catacombs here. Here the archeologists have fixed all the skeletons after they counted them, I would have wanted it to be more natural and not that organized… It’s not similar to the roman catacombs (which are really fascinating and scary). But anyhow, interesting : ) It’s approximated 25.000 people buried down there. You are not allowed to take pictures here, so I only have the picture of this postcard so you can get an image about how it looks like.

The postcard I bought, hehe. At the right you have the catacombs!

The postcard I bought, hehe. At the right you have the catacombs!

By the way, in town, after asking in 4 different restaurants if they had ANY vegetarian plate (which they didn’t) we found a vegetarian restaurant!!!! Yeeeeaaaaaahhh. So I was totally happy after that. My first meal out in Peru, after 4 days, and it was good, and cheap too, a menu for 8 soles. (about 3 USD) : )

The veggie menu! So many thing's I've never heard of..

The veggie menu! So many thing’s I’ve never heard of..

One thing I really miss here, is that no one says hi to you on the street just like that. It makes me a little sad. In the beginning I didn’t feel that welcome here.. now I’m more used to it. This is a big city. People don’t say hi if you don’t know each other.. I suppose that is normal, I just got used to being saluted to by everyone in Mexico and Ecuador.. Maybe it will change in the smaller cities, I hope so :)

Another thing about Lima: Traffic is horrible!!! The drivers are crazy and there is NO respect at all for pedestrians…  if there is a pedestrian crossing with the zebra and everything, the car will never stop for the pedestrians, instead you have to wait until there is a little bigger gap between the cars that are coming and then run to the other side.

Oh, also, in the beginning of pedestrian crossing I saw a man with a stick, the ones the blind people use.. and he was standing there for quite a long time.. So I asked him if he needed help to cross, and oh he was so thankful and happy for that! I’m really glad I could help. :) It can’t be easy to be blind in this city! Or old!

I was wondering how it works for the older people, and I asked a woman today, she said that yes it’s horrible and difficult but that she waits for the red light longer down the street, then there is a bigger gap before the other side has green light, so she can cross the street.. Still way to weird. Also there are some crossings without any traffic lights or signs of who is to yield to, and there is no respect for the rule for the ones that comes at right… instead you see cars coming from both sides in the crossing, and they instead hit the gas to accelerate to be the first in the cross, so the other one has to hit the brake hard in order not to clash.. haha.

A small crossing one street from our hostal... Where the cars do a little bit as they want..

A small crossing one street from our hostal… Where the cars do a little bit as they want..

My eye is good now, I have been surfing for 3 days now… it’s sooo much fun! And so difficult!! How much time do people spend before then can surf for real?? Damn it… I need months of training! Haha.

At Playa Makaja, Miraflores. I think the city looks amazing above those hills, like if they were floating..

At Playa Makaja, Miraflores. I think the city looks amazing above those hills, so futuristic somehow..

So.. yesterday I had my first night out! Haha. There was a big football game here, Chile-Peru, the classic over here, and if Peru lost this it would mean they were out of the Olympics or something, I don’t know really, but it was really important that they won…. Everyone was talking about the game! Haha. I met up with my instructor Johny and went to Flying Dog Hostal,  a guy from Couchsurfing had written a post about that they were going to see the game there.. and wow, I was amazed about how big this event was!!! It was over 50 people there and there was a big projector showing the game in the courtyard.

Very good vibe, but the time started ticking… when it was like 5 minutes left of the game, it was still 0-0…. And then Peru marked their goal, and wooooow, hahahah, people got crazy!!! Sooo happy, jumping, screaming, throwing bear everywhere, laughing, crying.. haha. So yes, Peru won the game, and everybody was happy!

I started to talk to a girl who was very sweet (21 and married), and when I tell her that I’m 25, she says “Oh, I want to have kids when I’m your age” … haha, damn it I felt old! Hahaha :)

Watching the game at Flying Dog Hostal

Watching the game at Flying Dog Hostal

Group picture! Some couchsurfers but mainly friends of Ricardo. He is having his goodbye party because he is leaving Peru for Poland.

Group picture! Some couchsurfers but mainly friends of Ricardo. He is having his goodbye party because he is leaving Peru for Poland.

Full of people outside at the Kennedy park celebrating that Peru won the game!

Full of people outside at the Kennedy park celebrating that Peru won the game!

After the game we went out to a disco, the streets were full of people celebrating. We were around 30 people who left for the disco together and we all got in at the same time and for free, because we had these nametags on our chests, hehe. Very nice done. We danced some salsa, merengue, reggeaton and other normal music. I hate the rnb thing but I love the latino music now.. hehe. I also got the comments “Look who’s dancing! And she said she couldn’t dance!” haha. :)  Anyhow, it was a great night and I had tons of fun.

At the disco! Anthony (chile), Maribela (venezuela), Stephany (peru), me, Johny (peru), another spanish girl, and in front, Ricardo (peru).

At the disco!
Anthony (chile), Maribela (venezuela), Stephany (peru), me, Johny (peru), another spanish girl, and in front, Ricardo (peru).

Oh.. by the way.. the thing about people who opens up for me continues!
My surf instructor for example, told me about his wife who had cheated on him, he recently left her for that, even if they have a 9 months old son (I thought it was right though)… and another instructor I was talking to told me the opposite, that he had cheated on his wife for another girl, but that girl left him.. haha.. (I thought that was right too though)… and today, this third surfer guy started talking to me, he asks really weird questions out of the blue, very funny and unexpected guy, who also started to talk about his girlfriend and that he wants to end it with her but don’t know how to do it…he asks me “Do you eat?” and I say “Eat? Food? Yes of course… Why?”  and he asks “Would you like to eat with me tomorrow?” “I don’t know, I might leave Lima tomorrow” “Ok,tonight then? I really need to speak with someone about this…” haha. How could I turn that down! Maybe I should start working as a mentor/counselor/psychologist/friend/life coach… haha.

Hm.. what else? Hm. Oh yeah, I bought my ticket to Argentina It’s less then 2 months left and I’m looking soooo much forward to it  :) Leaving the 15th of may, the day after Machu Picchu, hehe.

Next post will probably be from Eco Truly Park, where I’m heading next!

See you!

A few stressless days in Lima, Peru

Hello!

I’ve been here in Lima for 3 days now… and I haven’t done anything. You might wonder if there’s something wrong with me, haha. :)

As I told you before, I’ve had an eye infection.. The first day when I arrived, my eye was quite irritated, so I just went to the supermarket and then rested at the hostal… cooked some food etc..

The second day the eye was much better, I went out for a walk in the neighbourhood, bought a Peru card for the phone and then went home, my eye is still quite sensitive to daylight..

First day in Lima, the second and the third... progress!

First day in Lima, the second and the third… progress!

I met a doctor on the flight on my way to Peru from Ecuador, who wrote this down for me, so that my eye would get better quicker. :)

I met a doctor on the flight on my way to Peru from Ecuador, who wrote this down for me so that my eye would get better quicker. :) At the pharmacy here you don’t need to buy the whole box, you just say how many you need.. hehe. Great!

Actually, it feels good to not do anything.  Well, I’ve been busy doing some stuff I haven’t been able to while traveling, like just sitting by the computer.

I’m so glad there is internet here!! And that my eye doesn’t hurt too much now so that I can stare into the computer without problems :)

Yesterday I managed to do and upload 3 videos!!! That’s as much as I’ve managed to do and upload during the last 9 weeks!! Haha.

I think I needed this… to not feel stressed or pressed about anything. I don’t have anything scheduled until the 10th of May, which is when I have the reservation for the Inca trail to Machu Picchu. Still I’m a little stressed about that since I know I have to be somewhere at a certain date… Haha. I know it’s quite weird. I think it’s because I’ve already decided in my head that I will change my return flight back home, so I don’t need to stress through cities/countries..

Oh… I just found out what I’m getting back from my tax refund and it will allow me to have some extra money to travel for… So I think I will use it to make a short visit to Argentina after the Machu Picchu : ) The route I’m doing is by bus, from here, Lima, to La Paz, in Bolivia. But there’s a airport in Cuzco, so after the Inka trail I don’t have any hurry anywhere anymore… So I could visit Duilio for 1-2 weeks, and then go back and continue traveling a couple of months, seeing the rest of Peru and do Bolivia. It’s just that I’m not enjoying my traveling as much as I would like to since I’m wishing for it to end all the time so I can go to Argentina…  Sounds weird too, I know… but that’s how I feel. So I think this is the best solution!

So.. back to Lima… Since I don’t know it so much, I really can’t tell you much either… I’m staying at a  hostel called “Lions backpackers”, which is really clean and nice. I’m sharing room with 2 other girls at the moment. One girl is going to live here for 6 months to study, and she already hates the city, says it’s ugly… Ok, from what I’ve seen, it’s not so beautiful, but not every city has to be! This city is quite big. But I like this district, is called Miraflores…

View over some roof tops and some other buildings. Taken from the roof of the hostel.

View over some roof tops and some other buildings. Taken from the roof of the hostel.

I’m so happy because I’ve been to the supermercado (food store) and they have eeeeverything!!!! They have pharmacy, fresh vegetables, chocolate, fruits, bread, normal food, and different brands… like eeverything… I was happy as a child in Christmas the first day and I bought so many things, for  over 100 soles (like 40 USD).. Hahaha.. So that’s why I’ve been cooking here : )

A typical old-sofia meal.. haha. Tortellini.. But I was quite happy since it's the first time I'm using the gas stove all by myself...

A typical old-sofia meal.. haha. Tortellini.. But I was quite happy since it’s the first time I’m using the gas stove all by myself…

Today I walked down to the beach, it’s called Makaha,  where there are good waves for beginners. There’s full with small stands there with surf schools, quite funny. So tomorrow I’ll be doing my first surf here in Peru! And it costs 60 soles (23 USD)  for a lesson with all the equipment (you must have a wetsuit here too) , which is cheaper than when I took it in Mexico. So I’m glad!

Between the city and the beach.

Between the city and the beach.

Not the most beautiful beach I've seen, but it's fascinating how the city is builded there above these "mountains"..

Not the most beautiful beach I’ve seen, but it’s fascinating how the city is builded there above these ”mountains”..

It’s by the way not that expensive here, but not cheap either.. I’m not used to think in soles yet, so I find everything expensive.. it’s difficult to difference, like for example, water costs 2 soles… which I in my head change to 5 swedish crowns, which is 10 mexican pesos, and then I know if it’s cheap, ok, or expensive.. haha. Yep. Still thinking in pesos! Haha. It’s so much easier, because in Mexico I could think 80 pesos was expensive for something but 50 pesos was ok.. here it would be 16,8 soles vrs 10,5 soles… much more difficult to know if it’s a good price or not! Haha.

By the way… a lot of people are uploading pictures on instagram and facebook from different shoots and the of new film/photo stuff they’ve bought for tons of money.. so weird to see all that high tech at home,… a couple of months ago, I would have thought “Wow, I would have loved to work on that movie!” and  I was a part of that materialism too.. But today I really felt that, at this moment, I don’t want that life at all… I prefer to be exploring and living life over here for a little while.

Para ti papa!

Lo hice por ti, papi! ;)

Videos from Ecuador – Quito and the Galápagos islands

Ecuador – Quito from sofia armenteros on Vimeo.

Views of Quito – Some tests about being in the middle of the world – Homeparty with some reggeaton dance – Playing Jenca with my host and his friends..

Galapagos – Santa Cruz from sofia armenteros on Vimeo.

First video from the Galápagos, the island of Santa Cruz, las grietas, snorkeling, land tortoises..

Galapagos – the other islands from Sofia Engleson on Vimeo.

Second video from the Galápagos, visiting the islands of Bartolomé, Santiago, Isabela and San Cristobal. Snorkeling with penguins, turtles, sea lions, visiting volcanos, tunnels etc..

One day in Guayaquil together with the sweetest family

As I told you, I met this family from Guayaquil who also were going back with the same flight as me and offered to show me a little bit of their city this evening. The family also let me stay in their house in Guayaquil this night! I’m soo lucky!

Guayaquil is the largest and the most populous city in Ecuador. I thought it was going to be a much smaller city, but it’s actually bigger then Quito! Still it’s not the capital..

I woke up this morning in San Cristóbal with this eye infection again, similar as the one I had in Isla Mujeres in Mexico… So I was crying all the time the daylight hurt… If I would have been alone I would never have been able to walk around alone finding all these places because I couldn’t use my lenses and neither my eyeglasses, I had to wear my sunglasses all the time.. haha. And also the time was to short in this city, only one evening, so I wouldn’t had  the time get to know the city and find these places. It’s also quite unsafe to walk around in Guayaquil… I think it was meant for me to meet this wonderful family.

First, they fed me a good typical Ecuadorian meal at their home. Later we took the car downtown and visited the Iguana park, which is as you can hear, home to many land iguanas. It stroke me the difference of Galápagos, here both locals and tourists were touching the animals and even feeding them, even if there were signs saying that it was prohibited. In Galápagos, nobody would ever touch or feed them, everyone is very aware of the rules and the consequences. Anyhow.

Visiting the park of the Iguanas here in Guayaquil. They are green land iguanas, different from the ones in the Galapagos.

Visiting the park of the Iguanas here in Guayaquil. They are green land iguanas, different from the ones in the Galapagos.

After that we took a walk around the Malecón, the boardwalk close to the Guayas river. It’s really big and crowded! Also since it was Sunday and everything else is closed, people gather in el Malecon to take a walk.

A funny thing Patty told me, is that this area was really unsafe and ugly before. The old boardwalk from the 19th century had started to fall into the river itself and was an unsafe place with thieves, muggers, drug dealers etc…

But the ex-president of Ecuador, had the goal to create spaces that would encourage urban renewal.. but the government didn’t want to pay for it. So to make this possible, they created the Malecón 2000 Foundation, a private non-profit entity to raise money to build this boardwalk. This foundation consists of the most representative public and private businesses in the city and are the administrators of the park.

A beautiful idea! Now it’s one of the most visited and safest places in the city, with museums, restaurants, galleries, lagoons, parks for the kids, walk paths etc…

View from a mirador at the Malecon of Guayaquil and the Guayas Tall Ship. The boat with the marines of the city has just arrived, which only happens  twice a year. :)

View from a mirador at the Malecon of Guayaquil and the Guayas Tall Ship. The boat with the marines of the city has just arrived, which only happens twice a year. :)

From the malecón we walked to the north towards Las Peñas, which is a neighbourhood on top of a hill. All the old houses have been restored and painted in different colours making it the artistic centre of the city. It is beautiful, the stairs are numbered, there are round 430 steps up to the viewpoint over the city, and on the sides of the steps there are restaurants, art galleries, shops, discos etc. Very cozy neighbourhood.

Cerro Santa Ana, Guayaquil

Cerro Santa Ana, Guayaquil

On our way up to the top of las peñas, and you can see the city in the background. It was the first time there for their mother too :)

On our way up to the top of las peñas, and you can see the city in the background. It was the first time there for their mother too :)

Panorama view over almost the whole city of Guayaquil next to the Guayas river.

Panorama view over almost the whole city of Guayaquil next to the Guayas river.

I’ve told you before that there is a Barcelona team here too, right? Josue is a football fanatic and knows everything about them. They are based here in Guayaquil and were founded in 1925 by a Spanish immigrant who decided to name the club after his hometown Barcelona in Spain. A funny thing is that they have only played once the Spanish Barcelona football team, and it was in 1987 for the opening of the Ecuadorian Barcelonas football stadium… and guess who won?? The Ecuadorian Barcelona!!! Haha, yes, 2-1!

Me with the t-shirt of the Barcelona football team.. of ecuador, of course!

Me with the t-shirt of the Barcelona football team.. of ecuador, of course!

Even if I’m from Barcelona.. I’m a Real Madrid-fan if I have to choose.. I was sort of raised to hate barça… but now I can say that I’m a barcelona fan, but of the team of Ecuador! ;) Haha!

I’m amazed that they are both footballs teams with the name of Barcelona, and that their shield is almost exactly the same!! So weird!

BSC Barcelona Sporting Club (ecuador)

 

FCB Football Club Barcelona (españa)

At night, I was really tired in my eye and it hurt a lot. Patty lent me her room to stay in to rest my eyes in the dark for a while. They came with a wet towel and a bowl of ice water to help me bring down the swelling…. Oh, so lucky to be here and have someone taking care of me. Later, the father and mother of the family came into the room to say a prayer for me. So sweat. They kneeled and put their hands on my shoulders and on my eyed and prayed to the Lord to heal the eye for me and get me healthy to keep on traveling. It was so beautiful, and it actually did feel a lot better afterwords. I’m amazed.

I had a good nights sleep, and next day it was better. The mother had made breakfast for me (6 in the morning), and the father gave me a goodbye-gift (a dvd and something to read about faith). I’m the one who should give them gifts!! They even paid the taxi for me back to the airport.

I’m totally amazed about how great people can be. I’m speachless.  I’ll never lose faith in people, that’s for sure! And I will definitively return this favour to someone else when I get the possibility to do it.