And I´ve already gotten sick!
22.05.2009 - 23.05.2009 66 °F
Hey again everyone. I think I´m getting used to this travel blogging thing! Well yesterday I went to Huaca Pucllana, the PRE-INCA ruins located in the middle of Miraflores (the area of Lima in which I´m staying).
It was pretty cool, not as big as some I´ve seen in Belize and Guatemala, but ruins nonetheless. It was so interesting to see the city surrounding the ruins, with the cars driving past on the streets literally feet away from these 2500-year old ruins. The tour guide told us that there is no inside of the ruins, no rooms or anything, which was kind of puzzling. The ruins are actually still under excavation (I really want to find a computer to upload my photos to, but this one has no usb port, so I´ll just upload a Wikipedia pic for now), and the tour guide told us it would probably take another 15-20 YEARS to finish excavating it! Of course, there were sacrifices conducted there, and funny little tidbit: ONLY women were sacrificed! Because the people (our guide referred to them as Limans) were sacrificing to the sun and moon gods, who were women. After leaving the ruins, I went back to the hostel to rest my tired feet! Then, I felt a stomachache come on and was sick for most of the afternoon. I´m not sure from what, but I drank Sprite (thanks, Granny!) and felt fine a few hours later.
Today, I explored a part of town called LarcoMar, which is a really cool park and shopping area right on the water. I read a book for a while, then had a couple of pleasant conversations with some nice Peruvians. It was nice to practice my Spanish. Tomorrow night I´m planning on going out with Susan, the German girl staying in my room, and her friends. Then on Saturday I will go to Ica, a town a few hours north of Lima, until Monday when Jasmine arrives. There they have sandboarding--not anything close to waterboarding--which is where you surf on the sand with a wakeboard. I can´t wait! The hostel owner here says that the hostel in Ica has a pool!! I´ll let you know how it goes!
Update: Finally I made it to the internet cafe and uploaded some of my own photos! Here they are:
This is Huaca Pucllana. Notice the difference in the type of bricks from the old way to the new way.
Here I am at the ruins!
Here is one of the dogs that the guide told us has special healing powers. If someone is sick, they let the dog lay on top of them and it is supposed to help them recover. The dog was so ugly it was cute! A guy from Australia asked me, uh is that the dog from Resident Evil? Ha
I have no idea what SSHH stands for, but maybe they are telling us to be quiet in the restroom!!