Finally: I’m on my way again. It feels good. I have been in Peru for over 3 weeks but I don’t really feel like I know Peru. I don’t know that much about the culture and what’s typical Peruvian. Well, more then the language of course, haha. For example, they say “ya” aaaall the time. Also they say “no más” all the time. In the beginning I was all confused, especially while surfing.
This could be a conversation, I have to write it in Spanish though.
En el surf por ejemplo:
“Empiezas a remar cuando digo ya, ya!”
“Ya?” (empiezo a remar)
“No, ya no, ahorita cuando diga ya remas, ya!
“si ya rema rema ya!”
Otras cosas que dicen es: “Hasta allí no más” , No dicen “no quiero mas” (hablando comida), “allí esta” (sobre objetos en algún sitio) o “allí mismo” (si estas en ese justo sitio).. todo es “allí no mas”. Tambien utilizan el “ya” como nosotros utilizamos el vale y otras palabras. En español por ejemplo despues de comprar algo, decimos “Vale, gracias” y se responde “De nada” pero aquí se dice “Ya, gracias” “Ya”.
“Voy al baño, vale?” = Voy al baño, ya?
“Esto lleva carne, no?” = Esto lleva carne, ya?
“Te gusta esto, verdad?” = Te gusta esto, ya?
Es decir.. nosotros tenemos mucha mas variación, y aquí dicen Ya a todo.
Anyhow.. Back to what I was going to say… I’m glad that I’m on my way again.
I took the night bus with Cruz del Sur to paracas, and woooow, such a luxury bus, I wish the trip would have been longer then just 3,5-4 hours. I’ve never seen anything like that and never slept so well in a bus or anything. It was like 100 times better then the cinema chairs. They were so comfortable, I had arm rests and foot rest. And they gave you a pillow and a blanket too. And breakfast!!! You will never se this in Ecuador or in mexico! Haha.
I arrived 7.15 in the morning in Paracas, where someone was supposed to pick me up, but no one did. Instead a tour group was kind to help me to get into town so that I could go to the meeting point for the tour to the Ballestas Islands that was supposed to leave at 8. I talked to the tour office and apparently they hadn’t got the info that my dates had changed, so they didn’t expect me until the 14th. It didn’t matter that much, I rescheduled the tour for next day and went to find a hostel, and there was one just across the street.
Went home and sleeept. I woke up, went for a walk, went home, slept again, woke up, went to eat dinner, went home, slept again, woke up, talked a little to Duilio, then I slept again – 8 hours in a row – without waking up even once, I didn’t hear anyone in the dorm or anything. I really needed this, haha.
Today I did go on the tour to the Ballestas Islands, it’s said to be the Galapagos of Peru, and it reminded me of it too. There were thoousaaaands of birds and sea lions in those islands. Quite amazing. We saw penguins too.
And on our way to the islands we stopped to see the Calendabre, which is dated to 220 before chris and it’s around 180 metres long, carved into the rock… It reminds of the Nazca lines (which I will see in a few days from an airplane), but the difference is that this is ‘around 60 cm deep, and the Nazca lines are about 15-20 cm deep. Also they are only visible from airplanes, and this is not. Still amazing. Who did this? And why?
I spent a couple of hours at the beach reading, it’s not the most beautiful beach but at least there is sand :) In the afternoon I took a walk around the city, it’s really small, but I like it here, it’s calm in the evening, a lot of tourists only come for the day to do the ballestas islands. I hanged out with my roomie Guy from Israel, had dinner at the same place I ate dinner yesterday and lunch today, haha. Then we talked for hours in the hostel with another German girl, sharing travel stories and travel comfortable-tips haha (yes, there are built-in pillows in the head rest in the airplanes!).
Now I’m heading to Huacachina to do some sandboarding.
(Hm.. apparently there’s no electricity here now, why does this always happen to me? So I guess I’ll have to upload this from my next destination. Still this with gas is really good because even if the electricity is of you can always cook, which isn’t possible in for example Sweden where we only have electrical stove)