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Paracas, the bird shit paradise

Posted by on April 18th, 2011 in Peru, Photos, South America | 0 comments

[Not a valid template] You can call it white gold; you might export it by the ton and you might had even fought wars over it in the past. But bird shit is still bird shit and it still stinks. But I suppose that is the price you pay for having all those birds around. And there are indeed lot of birds at Islas Ballestas. Pelicans, penguins, different seagulls, and various other birds fill all the islands and the skies. All the islands then having a white coating after all the birds. Besides the birds, you have thousands of South American sea lions basking in the sun on the beaches and on the rocky islands. Seems like a pretty good life to me, swim around a bit, catch some fish and then just lay in the sun rest of...

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On the road again

Posted by on April 12th, 2011 in Peru, Photos, South America | 2 comments

[Not a valid template] Call me sentimental if you will, but I miss my old passport. It had shaped itself to fit my pocket perfectly and the cover was so worn you couldn’t even guess the country it came from. The pages were filled with stamps and visas, full of memories and stories. The new passport on the other hand is clean and empty. It lacks character. The cover is in pristine condition, basically broadcasting the fact that this passport hasn’t traveled. The pages are empty and boring. [Not a valid template] [Not a valid template] We did start on the stamp collection thou by going to the Peruvian immigration office (called Digemin) to get some stamps. Turned out pretty well, got four stamps in one go! But it was a bit of a struggle I give you that....

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Arriving to Puno… without a passport

Posted by on April 2nd, 2011 in Peru, Photos, South America | 0 comments

[Not a valid template] Puno, yes I have arrived to Puno. It’s a nice charming little town by Lake Titicacan in Peru, known for it’s floating islands and … no I can’t do this. I didn’t see much of Puno, and no, I don’t care about stupid Puno because some f***ng a**hole stole my passport, credit cards and camera on a bus on the way to Puno. So there. [Not a valid template] Yes, there is a market and stuff in Puno, but I didn’t see much of it. I took a luxury bus back to Lima the next day after I arrived. Not because I especially wanted to go to Lima again, but because I had to get back to Lima for a new passport, because some f***ng a**hole stole my old one. Oh yeah, I already mentioned...

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Sandboarding in Huacachina, Ica

Posted by on March 23rd, 2011 in Peru, Photos, South America | 0 comments

[Not a valid template] I carved down the big dune on my sandboard. Keeping the weight on my back leg I was making sure the tip of the board didn’t dip into the soft sand. It wasn’t quite like riding on powder, but it would have to do. Then I saw someone fall in front of me, and tried carving heavily to the left to avoid him, but the tip of my board caught the sand and I somersaulted head first into the dune, I kept on rolling back to my board and continued riding down. You should had seen it, it was awesome. [Not a valid template] [Not a valid template] Carrying about a kilo of sand in my clothes and at least half a kilo in my ear (getting sand out of ones ear is a lot...

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Lima, not quite how I remembered it

Posted by on March 12th, 2011 in Peru, Photos, South America | 5 comments

[Not a valid template] I stumbled  out of my hostel on to the early morning street, but somehow it all seemed wrong. It was sunny and bright. The streets were spotless and the buildings brand new. The lush green grass and trees in the parks were trimmed to the perfection by what I later found out was armies of gardeners. People even cleaned up after their dogs. This wasn’t the gray, dodgy and dirty Lima I remembered from four years ago. [Not a valid template] [Not a valid template] It is funny what four years, different area and different timing can do to your experience of a city. Four years ago when I last visited Lima, I didn’t really like it. I liked other parts of Peru very much, but Lima, not so much. So my plan had been...

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