Sunday, August 31, 2008
This morning I was awoken at 7 in the morning after a great night out. Today Nike put on The Human Race 10K at multiple places around the world. Right outside of my hostel was the start and finish of Limas leg of the run. I did however have to work at 9 so I was up for. Sadly, it also woke the entire hostel for breakfast. i am absolutely knackered and will be back to sleep shortly.
They all stretched in unison and then started the race. it was quite epic.
Friday, August 29, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Basically the events recruit local teams and let guys who have never been around livestock get in the ring and see if they have what it takes. It is quite a spectacle.
In my favorite event two teams of 3 compete to see who can get the bull to chase them through goals the most times using their bodies as bait.
Of course there are a few good spills but the bull is rather small. Nothing in comparison of size to the bulls I have known.
Needless to say i badly wanted a turn. Lucky for my mother I chose to protect my leg.
It was fun and traditional. I was one of a handful of gringos at this massive event.
It was even styled to accommodate children.
In peru it is also tradition to host cock fighting. It is illegal in the states but traditional here. It was odd to be in a place where music blasts and people dance between fights and betting rounds that involves a fatality.
(After viewing the video a day later I have decided that it was in poor taste for me to put up. Although it is a tradition here I am still not comfortable with it. Sorry)
Despite the violence the whole thing was done quite well although I am not certain I will be frequenting too many cock fights in the future. Thanks again to Fabiola and Mayra for setting up another amazing day in peru.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
It turns out that I was going to be attending Jump School for soldiers in the Peruvian army. The gear was a little old but sturdy and I got the pleasure of staring at 6 stories of drop directly over a concrete slab. Needless to say I loved the idea. The only thing was the harness was unforgiving and having not worn jeans was quite painful.
This was the scene of the crime
The initial drop was about 15 feet of freefall before the rope started to pull you back up. It was a little rough, but they insisted that I do my jump superman style. To do so they ran the cables into the side of my harness as a makeshift support and encouraged me to run and jump. The first approach was intimidating but I quickly captured some of my American idiocy in a bottle and jump.
Fabi in the air. It was a great time and I thank the girls for every second of it (except for the second that nearly castrated me)
Late the other night we went to Sargento Pimientos (Sargent Pepper's) in Barranco. It is a different experience from the bars in the US because it was so simple (concrete dirty floor, poorly kept facilities, and bartenders that try and gouge a little extra cash out of you) now that I think of it, it is exactly like the US. While inside I met quite a few Peruvians that were very nice. My spanish is slowly evolving.
Quite the staged photo.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Pictured. Fernando, Jacob, this guy, Sean, Dwight.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
The other day some friends and I hit a cigar bar and enjoyed a cuban... yes a real cuban in south america right off the beach
Sean, Dwight and Fernando went with me.
Then to add to the nightlife i picked up a guitar at a store. It cost less that $30 and is a total piece of crap, but it plays so I am in love with it.
Late last night we went to the bar to celebrate Sean's birthday. I knew it was his birthday because he told me over a hundred times.
As for now I am starting to meet up with my friends from here and have set up a home base at Loki Hostel. I am still planning on where I am going next and I am thinking cusco, la paz, and then down to Santiago via bus tour. Well it is a rough idea.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Here is a view of the digs for under $10 a night
Don't I look ecstatic.
Today I walked down to the ocean and found a nice park and a shopping area.
The view was amazing. The shopping center is dug into the wall of the cliff. I only wish the sun was out.
Then I ate my first meal in a restaurant here. I did a veggie sandwich and a local beer.
Now I am scouting out some wifi so I can try and do my online class tonight. Until then I will be chilling in and around the hostel and shooting out emails. Get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
It is sooo much fun here with my ipod broadcasting nothing but Spanish lessons. Hopefully I can master the language in the next 8 hours or so, but I figure the odds are slim.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
After a great week at home with my brother and family I had to make it down to Florida to fly out on Sunday to South America. Here is a video of the trip.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
SO it is day one of the journey and I am en route to Florida and already broke down. Of all things I hit a ladder on the interstate that flew out from under a semi. Good thing the tow truck didn't break down because these girls didn't like pushing it (it made their hands dirty).
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
It says 170.2 on the scale for the pre
I also don't want to waste time with getting haircuts so I buzzed the hair down to nothing so I am back to being a cancer patient for a while.
Well the trip starts tomorrow so keep checking the blog and jonnywalkeradventures.com
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
The parents of these boys were brave to trust them to a person who does this...
That consorts with a person of similar pursuits... but we gave it our best shot.
It was extremely satisfying
In pursuits of logic there are no losers.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Here is a pic of the boy napping
Needless to say, I am not getting much of a bon voyage party for my trip.
Instead I get to find somewhere else to sleep the last week that I am in the country. With about 20 relatives staying at my house and the State Fair in town life is going to be a little crazy. So crazy in fact that I am packing my bag now. I have already started with all the basics and now just have the bathroom bag, electronics, and some travel books left to pack.