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Monday, January 17, 2011

YES WE ARE STILL IN LIMA

My goodness how time flies when you are having fun, and boy doesn't it drag while you are waiting. It is now Monday 17th January and we are still in Lima. We got our approval from the Ministery of Transport, but too late in the day before customs closed. Being a Friday we now had to wait until Monday. Of course nothing is straight forward and simple here so obviously it took more hours at customs before they decided that as we had a fridge we needed approval for the gas. Fridge gas is not allowed into the "clean" environment here. (woops!! don't mention the smog cloud floating over Lima). So more paperwork has to be drafted and more approvals applied for. This doesn't take hours....it takes days, and guess what!!! Approval arrives on Friday after customs has closed!!! We are not happy chappies.

A bit of diversion is called for. We hire a car....quite an exercise in itself, and drive north. Another interesting exercise through Lima's traffic. Definitely not for the faint hearted. Driver's here would be right up there for the top title of world's worst. Once on the Pan American heading north the relief was huge. It was great to be on the road again, even if it was the wrong vehicle. We travelled up the coast (sadly with no maps or Lonely Planet, as they of course are in GB2) and stayed overnight at a local beach resort town. We even visited an amazing old site....see all our photos

Hopefully there will be good news soon.......................................

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