Sunday 3 January 2010
Highlights: Struggling to recover, the beautiful Plaza de Armas
First we said goodbye to Shrina, Indu, Kate and Brooke for their Amazon adventure, however it turned out later that Brooke had to miss the Amazon trip due to being unwell. I understand a doctor had to assist Brooke. I was still not well but was much better than the death I felt like last night.
While I still wasn’t 100% I wanted to get out and walk around to force my body to start operating again, Karen was happy to take me on a shopping tour of the city.
Andrew indicated he wanted a day by himself which turned out to mostly about sleeping to noon and then going down to the local McDonalds! Andrew deserved the break after such a long and at times hectic holiday; I think Andrew will turn out to be a world traveller.
I met Karen for the hotel breakfast but could only manage the orange juice. Hopefully by walking around I’ll get back my hunger and eat some food. The centre square is close to our hotel and after Karen checked out the high class shops for jewellery while I withdraw some additional money.
There was one food market which almost made me sick just looking at it; I don’t see myself trusting any of this food. Now Karen is a great negotiator, many a time she got items for less than 50% of the original price, this included getting ponchos for Andrew and myself and a great little gift for myself to take home (a stone llama).
I only needed to use the local bano (toilet) once and pushed though feeling so tired. We finished our shopping tour at a pub overlooking the beautiful Plaza de Armas and ordered a late lunch which I couldn’t really eat (Andrew did finish what I bought back later).
I really enjoyed Karen’s warm company and insights during the day. I was very happy I pushed myself for this walk and I’m sure it will help me recover.