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Heart of the City

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Cajamarca: 1 hour before departure, belly full of fried pork bits and potato. Mandarinas spotted, 10 small orange orbs are placed into a plastic bag, 2 soles pass from palm to palm. Park bench is located and utilized, man in wheel chair comes over, works for city, openly talks about loss of legs and loss of others lives. One orange is passed to man in wheel chair.

Bus: 2 floors, man stands in front of bus, shows graphic pictures of cancer patients, then sells herbal tea. Oranges are eaten, peels and seeds are tossed out window. “Midnight’s Children” is read near completion. One mountain pass is traversed, dry river valley is followed to ocean. Dusty brown hills end, desert seems to never end, “Fast and the Furious” marathon will hopefully end.

Trujillo: Disembark bus, walk, walking, walked. Sunsetting on right, taxis deafen with incessant honking on left. Faith in correct direction but no proof until sign points to centro. Nighttime, hostal signs illuminated, room quotes obtained and politely refused. Across city, adequate accommodations found, bag dropped, pork sandwich is purchased and eaten.

Thursday: Laundry is dropped, high price is paid. More walking. Minivan is boarded, dropped at archeological site. Walk.

Chan Chan: Largest Pre-Columbian city in South America. Tall adobe walls, short adobe walls, designs carved into adobe walls. Path is followed, information is read, pictures are taken. Site is enjoyed.

fishnet designs

inside

other complexes

other complexes

Walking: 1500 meters back to main road, 500 meters along main road to site museum, 4500 meters to Trujillo, there is always honking.

City: Laundry is picked up, casinos visited, coins pass from fingers to video poker machine, never to return. But other coins come back, similiar in size and greater in number. Chicharrón is eaten, ice cream as well.

Friday: Market lunch is consumed, ice cream as well. Bookstores are explored, tomorrows bus journey is planned, casinos are revisited, coins are given back.

Tomorrow (Saturday): Elevation will be gained, sand dunes will become glaciated peaks, trails will be hiked, lungs will be strained, honking will subside. Alegría!

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