Stella´s Definitely Got Her Groove Back!
February 12, 2009 by rtwsenior
Well, that was the title I thought up for this new post about an hour-and-a-half ago when I first entered this noisy internet place. The cars and trucks and motorcycles go by with a roar and a heavy tooting, but at least, their exhaust doesn´t affect me so badly as the place in Cuenca, because they have good fans and I´m sitting in a little protected carel which helps a lot. But, doing all the necessary email-checking and double blog site administration can be a wearying task and now that it´s time to be creative, I´m all worn out with the effort and the environmental noise. Must begin to blog first and do the other stuff last…but news from home is still the most important agenda.
I stayed over an extra day in Piura, Peru, so I´ve had a full night´s sleep and lots of good healthy food and all is well with the world. Man, with a nice little map of this town, I got all over the place today, buying stuff I needed, like some cooler cotton shirts for this 84 degree heat, cosmetics, toothpaste, English-language magazines!!! (big triumph); lunch at a health food restaurant; and information on tomorrow´s next bus trip.
Egad! To fly from here to Lima is $150, so forget that! Besides, there´s such a thing as a bus cama, which is a bed bus- tremendously, impressively modern, with kid glove leather seats that either recline halfway (semi cama), for $30, or that recline almost all the way (sofa cama) for $36. Now, that´s the one that gets me all the way to Lima from here, a 14-hour journey, which leaves at 6:30 p.m. so one sleeps through the night, and voila! you get there around noon the next day!
I must go back to the hotel and study up on this situation, but I´m thinking that I´ll break the journey into two chunks and travel to Trujillo in either a semi-recliner ($8) or a sleeper ($12) (but it´s daytime and I want to see out, so semi is good.) Seems like they practically clean your teeth for you. AC, bathroom aboad. All buses have bathrooms, but I don´t even peek in the door at them. This fancy deal, I might trust. (I didn´t mean to italicize this but God wants me to, as I can´t make it go away, and I do know how. Woops! Fumes are getting to me after all.)
You should see these buses! They are top of the line, creme de la creme, and that´s why I think I´ll wangle a way to do them twice and break up the trip. After enjoying Trujillo for awhile, I can bus on to Lima for 8 hours on one of these babies for approx. $20 (semi), $26 for sofa, and $36 for the super cama where they clean your teeth for you???? Serve you supper???? Chew it for you???? For anyone wanting to know the bus company, it´s ITTSA.
Now, how´s that for bagging a great adventure all in one day? I came home from that fancy bus station just swingin´. The groove is back! I´m on top of my game. Peru is the place! This didn´t happen in those upper countries I´ve just been in. Don´t know why. But, I like this feeling….so, Peru is GREAT!