Friday, April 3, 2009

Trip Digest

From The Trip, pt. 11: Back to Peru

We are back in the mother country. In the end we visited four countries (pearoo, bowlivia, largentina, and oooorguay), we dipped a toe into Brazil, and we had a run in with the authorities in Paraguay.

From The Trip, pt. 11: Back to Peru

Our favorite foods: Criolla in Lima
Our favorite music: Huaynos Peruanos in the Andes
Our longest bus ride: 20 hours between Buenos Aires and Puerto Iguazu
Our favorite city: Montevideo

From The Trip, pt. 11: Back to Peru

Funniest cab driver comments:
1. In Puno, Peru: Carnaval dancers are fueled by beer and faith.
2. In Montevideo, Uruguay (on the way to Penarol soccer game): Penarol sucks. If you want to see futbol mas lindo, you will have to go see Nacional or Defensador.
3. In Santa Cruz, Bolivia: Don't see a soccer game here; all the players get drunk..... Is it daylight right now in the United States?
4. In Santa Cruz, Bolivia (different cab): ...... and that's how I lost my eye.
5. Cuzco, Peru: Do they speak Spanish in Costa Rica?
6. Everywhere: So you like Barack Obama, even though he's black?

From The Trip, pt. 11: Back to Peru

Books we read:
Tender is the Night by Fitzgerald
Cantos by Pound (ditched in Chiclayo)
Damien by Hesse
Absalom! Absalom! by Faulkner
Lolita by Nabakov
Treasure of Khan by Cussler
Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky
Don Quixote by Cervantes (not finished yet)
Treasure Island by Stevenson
The Road by McCarthy
Twelfth Night by Shakespeare
Catch-22 by Heller
Wuthering Heights by Bronte
Crepusculo (spanish translation bootleg) by Meyers
Grapes of Wrath (lost in Bariloche)

From The Trip, pt. 11: Back to Peru

The things we lost (and by "we," I mean John):
1 raincoat
1 hat
2 empanadas, 2 sandwiches, 1 bottle of water (left on a bus)
1 debit card
2 laundry soaps
1 bath soap
1 Grapes of Wrath (see above)
1 umbrella
1 Meizu (Chinese Ipod knockoff)
1 sound-cancelling headphones

From The Trip, pt. 11: Back to Peru

The things we gained:
1 hammock
3 Andean blankets
1 Uruguay shirt
1 Bolivia dress
2 llama print leg warmers
1 little guitar
4 bottles of Argentinian wine
5 mini bottles of wine (lost to evil customs officials)
1 luminary for the Virgen de Copacabana
4 reed mobiles
6 scarves (not made from Alpaca)
1 bottle of sexually invigorating booze from the Peruvian jungle
3.625 liters of Inca Cola
2 bottles of Pisco
5 bottles of beer (4 Argentinian, 1 Peruvian)
2 Inca Cola t-shirts
1 antique thing from Uruguay that is a secret Christmas present
2 watercolor paintings from Cusco, Peru
1 lingering case of stomach demons
1 seal-shaped bottle opener
3 mini bottles of voodoo jungle potion
2 Andean shoes
2 Uruguayan shoes

...the list probably goes on. In the end we acquired more things than we lost.

From The Trip, pt. 4: Arequipa to the frontera

Top South American Ah-HA! Moments:
1. Coca is the leaf from which cocaine is derived. Coca cola used to be made with coca leaves in it and originally had a significant amount of cocaine in it..... ah HA!
2. Cafe is the spanish word for coffee; -teria is the word for a place that sells whatever is stated in the first half of the word. Cafeteria is a place that sells coffee, but somehow it came to mean the elementary school lunchroom in America.

...ok, so maybe I should have realized both of these things earlier.

From The Trip, pt. 4: Arequipa to the frontera

Souvenirs and mind-blowing revelations aside, it was an amazing experience. I would recommend a trip to South America to anyone. You can check out all 2000 of our pictures here. At first glance, San Francisco looks tame and sleepy in comparison to the busy streets of Lima. We are quickly reacclimating to the luxuries of the United States, like toilet paper, potable tap water, vendors that actually have change, possessing a car and cell phone and more than two t-shirts.

From The Trip, pt. 7: Uruguay

I am not sure if we will be using this blog to post about our mundane relaxations and selection of a graduate school, but over the next four weeks it will be converted from !Pearoo and Bowlivia! to !Hong Kong and Beyong! in preparation for our three and a half month trip to ASIA, starting April 29. First step in the new trip: wading through the various visa requirements and new varieties of bureaucratic red tape.

2 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness Shannon. It sounds like you are having an amazing time. In fact, it sounds like you are living my life. I can't wait to see you and hear all about it in person...when you move to Seattle :)

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  2. Let it be recorded that the James' flamingo and the Alpaca both received 69% of readers' approval. I have to wonder if the results were biased by the fact that they were both listed first... science, bleh...

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