Day 1: Friday, october 9th
Everything is wrong right from the beginning. Chaos, stress, delays....
that's what is needed to start a succesfull holiday, is my experience.
Nothing of it. Everything is well-organized and normal. I really hope that
isn't a bad sign...
At half past four in the morning it's always hard to get up. On the
beginning of a holiday it's a little bit easier...
Only fog could give problems. But on our way to Schiphol Airport we
don't meet any problems with it. Our plane appears to have arrived without
any problems too.
Strange: I thought Schiphol is a modern airport where you get into the
planes through a slurf . Now, we go by bus! But it's nice, on the
center of the airport platform climb onto the stairs of our plane.
Our Transavia plane to London has very little windows. We can't see
anything through them. Goodbye beautiful start of our holiday. We even
couldn't weave goodbye to the cities of Haarlem, Hoofddorp and Amsterdam.
Our flight to Houston was better.
is in the middle of nowhere between woods and fields. I think it's quite
a distance to the centre of the city. In our plane we can see -between
the tv-programs- all the time where we are, how high, and what distance
we still have to fly.
Houston appears to
have a small airport. We have to wait in a transit room. There are only
five people waiting there, waiting to go to Lima. Later, we're also joined
by some travelers to Paris. There is really nothing to do! We buy a hot-dog
and some coffee.
Our plane to Lima appears to be quite filled. A lot of people from
other planes, probably. We depart at 3.30 PM local time, we have to fly for
another six hours then. We can watch another movie.
Primary Colors, is about president Clinton (in the movie he's called 'Stanton')
en all affairs he has, even during his election campaign. I'm too tired
to watch whole movie, but I can see it is quite realistic.
We can watch a beautiful sunset.
Now, I am already disliking those airplane-food.
We arrive at 10 PM in Lima. What a chaos! Everybody is running
through each other, yelling all the time. We change our money and
don't have any idea where to go. I make a phone call to the hotel mentioned
in our brochure. On the phone is someone
of Tucan Travel who
knows who we are...
The taxi that brings us to our hotel for $ 18, drives like crazy! The
driver doesn't use his brakes, he only claxons and drives... fast! He also
passes other cars on their right side... and go to another road on the
left side right after it.
It's really nice to see how a drive in a taxi can bring you in a local
atmosphere. We can see all kinds of parts of Lima and of course we listen
to a local radio station
with Spanish music.
Our hotel is really beautiful. We have a room for four persons.
Around 1 AM we fall asleep.