2 BLONDES ON HOLIDAY


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South America
March 29th 2009
Published: March 29th 2009
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HELLO EVERYONE!!!

WE ARE ON OUR WAY ONCE AGAIN. BUT BEFORE WE GET INTO THAT--HOW ABOUT A REVIEW OF THE LAST TRIP. WE DIDN'T SEND ANY PICTURES OUT WITH OUR EMAILS AND WITH COMING HOME WITH OVER 5000 PICTURES IT WAS A LITTLE OVERWHELMING TO SAY THE LEAST.

BUT FOR THE NEWBIES, THE OLDIES AND JUST PLAIN FORGETFUL FOLKS, FRANCINE AND I STARTED OUT IN THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS AND MAINLAND ECUADOR FOR AN UNFORGETTABLE ADVENTURE WITH THE SEA LIONS, TURTLES, TORTOISES AND TEXANS. THE YOUNG COUPLE FROM ENGLAND WERE DELIGHTFUL AND THE 3 CO-WORKERS FROM ENGLAND ON HOLIDAY WITHOUT THEIR WIVES WERE A REAL HOOT. (BIRD WATCHERS - THEY WERE) AND I FOUND MYSELF LOOKING AT BIRDS DIFFERENTLY AND WITH A GAINED RESPECT ( FOR MY NECK MUSCLES)

THEN OFF TO THE AMAZON JUNGLE FOR 3 NIGHTS AND WAS ABLE TO TAKE A NIGHT WALK INTO THE JUNGLE TO SEE ALL THE CREEPY CRAWLY THINGS THAT LURK IN THE NIGHT - MAINLY SPIDERS, BUGS, FROGS AND SNAKES. a FLOAT IN THE NAPO RIVER WAS FUN AND THEY DID SAY THERE WERE NO PIRANHA IN THE WATER, I DIDN'T HAVE A PROBLEM BUT YOU DIDN'T SEE ANY NATIVES IN THE WATER?!?

ECUADOR WAS A VERY NICE SURPRISE AND THE THE PEOPLE WERE WONDERFUL. THEN OFF TO PERU MUCH POORER BUT THE PEOPLE WERE JUST AS NICE. GREAT SHOPPING IN THE MARKETS, VERY COLORFUL COUNTRY. THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE TRIP WAS HIKING THE INCA TRAIL. FOUR DAYS OF PUSHING YOUR PHYSICAL AND MENTAL STAMINA TO THE LIMIT. I WAS A LITTLE CONCERNED BECAUSE BICTOR OUR GUIDE WAS HANGING CLOSE TO ME WITH THE OXYGEN TANK IN HAND. BUT STANDING AT SUN GATE ON THE 4TH DAY LOOKING OVER MACHU PICCHU WAS THE MOST EMOTIONAL TIME OF THE TRIP.

THERE WERE SO MANY THINGS AND PLACES WE VISITED BUT STAYING WITH A FAMILY ON A SMALL ISLAND OF AMANTANI IN LAKE TITICACA. WAS THE MOST INTERESTING. WE WERE ABLE TO DRESS LIKE THE LOCALS AND ATTEND A WEEKLY DANCE AT THE COMMUNITY CENTER. OUR PATCHAMAMA WAS ABOUT 4 FT TALL AND WAS AN AVID DANCER. FRANCINE AND I HAD TO HIDE FROM HER AND WE TOOK TURNS DANCING. THE ALTITUDE WAS STILL A LITTLE HIGH (3820 M)FOR SUCH A STRENUOUS WORKOUT.

OUR TRIP ENDED IN LAZ PAZ BOLIVIA. IT IS THE HIGHEST CAPITAL CITY IN THE WORLD ONLY IT ISN'T THE CAPITAL CITY. BUT IT IS THE CENTER OF BUSINESS FOR BOLIVIA. THE WITCH'S MARKET IS THE MOST FAMOUS THING IN THE CITY. YOU CAN BUY ANY THING THERE TO MAKE YOUR POTIONS. A LOT A DRIED ANIMALS AND ANIMAL PARTS. I HAD MY COCA LEAVES READ BY A SHAMAN. ALL GOOD STUFF NO REASON NOT TO BOARD THE PLANE HOME THE NEXT DAY.




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ON THE LINEON THE LINE
ON THE LINE

FIRST TIME ON THE EQUATOR!! VERY STRANGE THINGS HAPPEN HERE :}
SOUVINEER SHOPPINGSOUVINEER SHOPPING
SOUVINEER SHOPPING

REALLY WANTING THIS BUT DON'T KNOW WHY. OF COURSE IT WOULD NEVER PASS CUSTOMS! HEY HEY I'M TALKING ABOUT THE SWORD!!
PERUIVAN SPAPERUIVAN SPA
PERUIVAN SPA

A MUD SPA IN PERU IS BASICALLY A MUD HOLE IN THE MIDDLE OF A DESERT LIKE AREA
I'M DOING WHAT?I'M DOING WHAT?
I'M DOING WHAT?

NO PAPERS TO SIGN- JUST PAY -STRAP ON THE CHUTE- AND RUN OFF THE CLIFF!!!!
PARA GLIDING OFF CLIFFS OF LIMA PERUPARA GLIDING OFF CLIFFS OF LIMA PERU
PARA GLIDING OFF CLIFFS OF LIMA PERU

I WASN'T NERVOUS UNTIL I WAS ABOVE THE MARRIOTT HOTEL SIGN. THEN I REALIZE HOW HIGH WE HAD GLIDED WITH THE THERMALS.
DUNE BUGGIES AT HUACACHINADUNE BUGGIES AT HUACACHINA
DUNE BUGGIES AT HUACACHINA

BETTER THAN ANY ROLLER COASTER!
GUINEA PIG FOR LUNCHGUINEA PIG FOR LUNCH
GUINEA PIG FOR LUNCH

SORRY COULDN'T HELP PLAYING WITH THE FOOD:(
SAND BOARDINGSAND BOARDING
SAND BOARDING

FRANCINE WAS A CHAMP! I JUST TRIED TO STAY ON THE BOARD.
DEAD WOMEN PASS ON THE INCA TRAILDEAD WOMEN PASS ON THE INCA TRAIL
DEAD WOMEN PASS ON THE INCA TRAIL

I WISH I COULD SAY I WAS POSING FOR THIS PICTURE.
MACHU PICCHUMACHU PICCHU
MACHU PICCHU

WOW WHAT A FEELING!
NUTRITIONAL VALUE?NUTRITIONAL VALUE?
NUTRITIONAL VALUE?

WHO CARES IF DINNER IS 2 DESSERTS!
WITCHES MARKETWITCHES MARKET
WITCHES MARKET

LOVE POTIONS TO DEATH POTIONS - I WAS TOO AFRAID TO BUY ANYTHING:<}


1st April 2009

I am jealous
Wow! I am so jealous, it is like I am watching a national geographic show or something. Have fun.......dont drink the water.
2nd April 2009

I love your photos and they take me back to m trip to Sth America. what fun you had. It is really good to take the time and see a area properly. Good luck girls, I am jealous and can not wait to see the new happy snaps. x
4th April 2009

What a terrific site, have a wonderful trip, keep the photo's coming..
6th April 2009

Wow!
I am so excited for you both. We will try to make do without you at work, Angie. ha! I will try hard not to be jealous by living vicariously through your travels. Can't wait for 'our' adventure to start!
14th April 2009

are you there yet??
Loved seeing the photos of your last trip and looking forward to your next adventure!!!
14th April 2009

hi
Hi Angie, just checking in on your travel blog! I am excited to follow your trip. Please email me so I can check in easily. Have a great trip! Rose
16th April 2009

Yeah!
Hi blondies! So glad to hear that you are back on the road...mine will start in June! Have a blast! Hugs.
18th April 2009

Sisters are doing it for themselves!!!!
Thats the song that comes to mind when I see the adventures you are both having!!! So glad you guys have each other to laugh and carry-on with..oh and to travel with too....haha Love the photos. Have a blast!
19th April 2009

wow
great to see you are keeping up the tradition and going out and about together again, lovely to see your pics from South America, and hope you have a blast on this trip! Will you be as brave with the pics this time?!?
20th April 2009

I wanna go there, too
Hello, looks like you are having a great time! Wish I could be on that tour with you! Need to plan my next big trip as well! Peru was always on my list ... maybe one day soon! Safe journey!! :-)
1st May 2009

The Simpson will be tame after all this
Hi you two, The Simpson Desert will be tame after the adventures over there - but we are still going Fran. Keep up all the pic's (sorry to hear some are lost) and the blogs - love reading them. Love as always xxx

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