Learning to Fly by the Seat of My Pants

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Nothing but sand dunes surrounding the lagoon in Huacachina. You feel like you´re on the moon up here. See below for me making a fool of myself on the moon…(sorry for the disorganized blog…blame it on the 3rd world computer)
a once-glamourous resort from the 1960´s. Now it´s a gringo playground. I took this picture from a sand dune up above.

This is the entire town of Huacachina: a once-glamourous resort from the 1960´s. Now it´s a gringo playground. I took this picture from a sand dune up above.

I left Lima yesterday afternoon to head down the south coast of Peru, initially planning on stopping in Pisco and Nazca, to check out the Islas Ballesteras (poor man´s Galapagos) and the Nazaca Lines respectively. On second thought, I realized I´d have have to re-evaluate my budget  since both are pricey excursions and I´m headed to Cusco soon for Macchu Picchu. The owner of my hostel in Lima, Chris, also informed me that Pisco was hit by an earthquake 1.5 weeks ago; time to spontaneously change my itinerary (something a structured, over-planner like myself is not very good at). “That’s the beauty of traveling” Chris said.

So now I´m in Huacachina, a palm-studded desert oasis that once was a honeymoon resort for the elite in the 1960´s. While the sand dunes and the panorama of the lagoon are postcard-picturesque, I´m finding this place to be weird, boring, full of dreadlocked pseudo hippies, couples celebrating their 50th anniversary, and American PYT´s on vacation from ¨studying¨abroad. I feel like it’s a gringo party in a ghost town that has retained some kind of haunted glamour. Anyway, after I try my luck at some sandboarding, I think I´ll hop on the overnight bus to Arequipa tonight. “That’s the beauty of traveling”.

Below: Shadows of palm trees on the tiled promenade are a metaphor for the ghosts of yesteryear´s posh elite

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~ by ceciliabien on December 14, 2008.

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