Day 8 - Lima redux and travel day

Once again I couldn't sleep at the hotel Del Prado in Cusco, I couldn't put my finger on it, small double bed, strange air, heavy blankets, noisy including disco until 3am. Anyway, I got up at 5.30, walked across the Plaza des armas and got cash from the ATM and went back and checked on email, flights, Livejournal friends and had a coffee. Before I knew it we were on the bus and in Cusco airport.

We had a long check-in as for some reason Cassidy and I were not sitting together, after some delay though we were given new exit row seats, sweet. I'd already got exit row seats on the three AA flights or so I thought.

Back in Lima some of our group decided to stay at the airport for 9-or-so hours until their flight home, we checked luggage in the left luggage office just outside domestic arrivals, 14-sols each as we were more that 4-hours. Unlike arrival in Lima the first time, where we 'religiously' ignored the dozens of 'taxi' offers and marched outside to the official rank, only to get a crap driver and ripped off, this time I accepted the first offer from a driver with an 'official' Green zone badge, we agreed the 45-Sol fare and when he came back with the car, we jumped in and were off.

45-minutes later we were stuck in the choking smog and downtown traffic jams of Lima. Once we were comfortable we knew were we were, I thrust a 50-Sol bill at the driver and we jumped out. Lunch at one of the open restaurants at Park Kennedy, last minute gift shopping, a Caramel Frappacino light and cake from, yes, Starbucks and then out to the beach head to watch the sun go down, and it was time to jump in a cab and go back to the airport

Back at the airport, we collected our luggage and headed for AA check-in, there we learned that AA had cancelled some 900 flights and our flight from Miami to Dallas was one of them. Some 55-mins later we were set with a flight to Huston and then a Continental flight to Austin, we are just about to land at Houston Bush as I type, literally. We have 4-hours here and should be back in Austin mid afternoon.

NEXT-UP What the Mayor of Lima needs to do to get me to EVER go back plus, my ideal trip to Machupicchu and Peru.
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great blog on peru
(Anonymous)
it almost as if i were there. looking forward to more pics.
Peru photos
(Anonymous)
It was great being with you two...the pics are wonderful! Is it really over? My cold got worse so the net is my communication outlet for a while....my voice is totally gone! I will get a CD off to you soon. Cheers! Alice
Re: Peru photos
Glad you got back safely, some of the photos are fantastic, looking forward to seeing everyone elses! Regards!