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South America » Peru » Callao » El Callao January 14th 2013

Ft. Lauderdale to Manta, Ecuador We successfully boarded our ship and found our luggage in our stateroom, and all is well. The seas were a little rough between Ft. Lauderdale and Cartagena, Colombia and dinner that evening was sparsely attended although we were able to make it. There are seven people at our table – one couple who cruises all the time, and another who cruises slightly less, and the tour director for American Express customers on board. He has been all over, too. So, it is an interesting group. The staff is wonderful. They are very helpful and charming, too. Most of them are Indonesian and are looking forward to stopping there to see relatives. Our first stop in Cartagena was brief. We took a tour around the town stopping at a fortress and the ... read more

South America » Peru » Callao February 26th 2011

Machu Picchu, Peru Note: For some reason, I can't load any pictures today. I'll try again later. There's a reason it's called the rainy season. The only time it wasn't raining during our trip to Cusco and Machu Picchu was while we were driving to and from the airport. However, it was still a wonderful experience. As soon as the ship docked in Callao, the port for Lima, we were off to the airport for our Star Peru one hour flight to Cusco. I was lucky to have a window seat and could see the change from the desert to snow-capped mountains to the incredible green of the Sacred Valley, where we were headed. Our Condor Travel guides -- who were terrific -- escorted us the entire trip, from the ship and back, so all went ... read more
First view of Machu Picchu
Rolly, our guide
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South America » Peru » Callao January 29th 2011

Saturday Jan 29th, 2011 Off the West Coast of South America Latitude 12 degrees 47 minutes South- Longitude 80 degrees 14 minutes west We are heading out into the vast Pacific Ocean and there will be nothing on the horizon for several days. Behind us is Lima, Peru, a city of contrasts. Both poor and affluent, Lima is a huge sprawling metropolis with pollution and all the problems of a modern city. Even though it rarely rains in Lima the city is very green and lush. We found out that huge water trucks go around the city in the early morning watering all the street trees and flowers. Jane and I walked many miles shopping in the small Indian markets and moving about with the local people. They were smiling and friendly with only a few ... read more
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South America » Peru » Callao » El Callao April 6th 2010

Hey, Well this is the last week. I guess I am ready to come back to the Uk, if I had the money I would not but i'll defo come back. Its just a thought but I think the term "gringo" might be a derogitory term for white people, i'm not arsed about it but I find that its said toward me by young children and cheeky teenagers, not by adults becasue they dont want to insult us. It's not often as a white man to be spoken about in this fashion, Its quite good in a way. I was in the local gym the other day and it was filled with Peruvians, I didnt even notice that I was the only White person until I was leaving, I thought that when I first came ... read more
The truth and reconciliation commission musem
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South America » Peru » Callao » El Callao March 9th 2010

Hello everyone, Well I was quite exhausted on Monday but content non the less, have to make the most of things in life. Things seem to be coming along excellently with the projects, I was hoping to finish our construction this week but as always with construction we are waiting for items we need. Things are going well with the Workshops, English is fine as is Boxing and football. I noticed some of the kids no longer come along and dont go to college, they help there parents make braids to go around people wrists instead, didnt want to say anything but oh well. I have started applying for some jobs in England , knowing the jobs market is bad I guess its a good idea to make a start to do it know. The next ... read more

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South America » Peru » Callao » El Callao March 4th 2010

Well Hello, College has started recently which has meant that many of the workshops are not as busy any more. Its a shame but it means things are easier!! For football we now breeze through the training and get into a match, sometimes we have to make up the numbers, its quite fun. Boxing is going ok, we broke a mirror when sparing the other day which is another squeeze on my budget but oh well. Oh and my camera's out of action, I got loads of sand in it and some mechanisms broken.....balls! This weekend we decided to take a trip to Huraz. Huraz is situated North East of lima, its about 8 hours bus journey from where we are. We decided to take an overnight trip, its so much cooler and you sleep for ... read more
Andes Bike Ride
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Me and the lads

South America » Peru » Callao » El Callao February 14th 2010

Estes Bien? Good I hope! Well this weekend was funny, if not slightly intense. It looks like Machu Pichu is totally off the cards as its been washed away and so are the Chan Chan temples which are North. I might still be able to see them though. Anyway, we headed south to somewhere called Ica. It was nice to have a weekend off and get away from the project. It’s pretty intense a lot of the time and there is one hell of a lot to see in Peru. We travelled straight down the Pan American highway on Friday night. Cheap bus journey (30 sols) it’s the one all the Peruvians take and we got it from a dodgy part of Lima, we actually blagged a police escort to the bus station and they told ... read more
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South America » Peru » Callao » El Callao February 9th 2010

Hello, Yesterday we were allowed out past our curfew with our families. This was due to the 10 year celebrations of Patacutec taking place. I didn’t realize these slums had been here for such a short period of time, they´ve really grown!! The party involved lots of live music and for once a Cerveza or 2 (beer) it was a good laugh, my temporary dad got quite drunk and we didn’t get back until one in the morning, he had to be up at 5 so he´ll be on the coffee today. The crescendo of the event involved......well how can I explain it? A reasonably tall guy, with a large frame on his shoulders, the kind of frame you sometimes see on people who have had a neck operation, its much larger though. On this frame ... read more

South America » Peru » Callao » El Callao February 6th 2010

Hola Amigos, Today was the day we went to the recent history museum. It was quite interesting for me as I had to do essays on recent Peruvian culture and more importantly economics in my degree. To eventually come and see it face to face was really good. The project at the museum was ran by the truth and reconciliation commission and focused heavily on the atrocities committed by both sides. Initially by Alan Garcia´s government and then by the Fujimori government subsequently elected. During the 1980´s a man called Abimael Guzmán began an armed Maoist insurgency in the Andes. Economic mismanagement at the time encouraged this insurgency to take hold and an intense war lasting over 12 years killing over 60,000 people. Alan Garcia transferred power to Alberto Fujimori who proceeded to employ quite brutal ... read more
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South America » Peru » Callao » El Callao February 3rd 2010

Buenos Stardes Gringos, The time is near 5pm here which I guess means the time is near 10pm in England. Since my last entry on Tuesday some things have changed for me, though not a great deal for the group as a whole. Our inventory manager was sacked; I think it´s down to some misdemeanors and internal politics within the organization. Bar Friday it’s been a monotonous few days of catching up with work and community work. On Friday I woke up early and put my jeans and shirt with a jumper on, it’s the neatest stuff I have, I knew I’d get hot in them on the way back but wanted to make some for of effort. The bus took hours and was bloody packed. I eventually turned up on the wrong side of Lima ... read more
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