Hey all! So my visa is all set. I have religious status, so if i choose to, i could stay in Peru until 2014 before having to renew it again. Pretty cool!
If you look closely at the top, right side, you should be able to make out the word “Religioso”. Pretty funny.
So Lima was nice, and we were planning on heading south afterwards. But when in Lima, we went down to the ocean and started talking to this surf teacher. Nice guy, who told us that he was heading North, where it was warm and sunny, to go chill on the beach. So Marion and I just looked at eachother, and said, “why arent we doing that?” So we got back to the Inspectoria (headquarters of the Salesians in Peru) and started looking for the cheapest way to get up there. We were able to get a friend at the Inspectoria to get us a 40% discount on a bus-ride up to Tumbes and back. Tumbes is the farthest north you can go on the Peruvian coast. Its right on the border of Guayaquil, Ecuador. So we hopped on the bus, drove for 20 hours, and that was that! Tumbes turned out to be warm, but cloudy. We went to Porto Pizarro, which is the fishing port, where you can take a nice little tour to go see a crocodile breeding ground. That was cool. So we stayed a night with our friends aunt, and then headed back down 2 hours to Mancora, which we had driven by and seen how nice and sunny it was. We got to Mancora on Saturday morning, and had until Sunday afternoon. We used the time well, chilling on the beach, in the sun, swimming. I even took a surf class, which was cool. The only problem was, after 1 hour with the teacher, and 1 hour alone out on the water, you are done. Cant move in the water anymore. Its so exhausting! But lots of fun, and i caught a wave and surfed it all the way to the beach. The surfing isnt so hard, i have the balance, its actually catching the wave thats tough. All this buff little surfer dudes are out there surfing for hours, and im close to drowning after 2. so intense, but lots of fun! And the food was AWESOME. Burrito con langostinos! So good! only ate sea-food the entire time. Had to enjoy it up there, all fresh. So after a fun saturday night on the beach, we headed back for the 20 hour bus-ride, to Lima. From Lima we flew the same day back to Cusco, only to find out that the boys had vacation and werent coming home until Wednesday! We could have spent 2 more days on the beach! However, in retrospect, it was nice to come home and have 2 days and 2 nights off just to relax before getting back to work. On Wednesday was also Inti Raymi, the Sun God festival. It was pretty cool and soooo many people. Check it all out on the New Pictures page! Thanks for dropping by! Much love!