News August 12th 2013

Since returning to Lima from Lunahuaná two weeks ago, I have done precious little, except cough and splutter. I have had a lousy sore throat, accompanied by an even lousier cough. There was a trip to the zoo last week but not much else until last weekend.
I had to do some shopping in preparation for my forthcoming travels. I needed some boots suitable for trekking, hiking etc. Well of course, immediately I had the same problem as I had previously with socks. Peruvians in general do not have big feet. I do. Which means that availability is not good and choice is crap.
I went into the centre of Lima, via my preferred method of transport, the Metropolitano.

Español: Bus del Metropolitano de Lima.

Español: Bus del Metropolitano de Lima. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was hoping to get lucky in the same way that I had with the Soxshop. Well, I found a Nike outlet and bought a reasonable pair of casual trainers but that was not really what I was looking for. I had gotten sidetracked slightly so I had to withdraw more money from the bank.
At the bank there was an enormous queue for counter service. I got my camera out to take a picture and was immediately reprimanded by a security guard. I thought for a moment I was going to have the camera confiscated but no, I just received a stern warning. As the guard went around one corner, I went around another, out came the ipod and click!! A photo of a queue. Nothing sinister in that is there? I think not. IMG_0177 This picture shows about 25% of the total queue. It is surprising the lengths that some people need to go to for money. It is however, a common sight outside of banks here and you could easily spend an hour queuing for service.

I withdrew my cash from an ATM and resumed my search for boots. Eventually, I settled for a pair of working boots. Not ideal but at least they were in my size, reasonably comfortable and inexpensive. A few boxes ticked there and leaving me better prepared for next weekend’s trip into the mountains and the following week’s journey to the north of Perú.

I have a 15 hour bus journey from Lima to Cajamarca,

Plaza de Armas in Cajamarca, Peru

Plaza de Armas in Cajamarca, Peru (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

travelling overnight on the 19th/20th of August. I am looking forward to spending some time in the sunshine. As much as I have enjoyed most of the last two months in Lima, the weather at this time of the year is not good.

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