I slept for a good 6 hours and woke to the roosters crowing and birds cheeping. Unlike Nazca, Arequipa is fairly large and spread out, so the sound of taxi horns is not so prevalent. I hit reception early, to work out the issue with the room. Ysabelle thankfully spoke great fluent English – while I’m enjoying practising phrases, it’s a little difficult trying to stumble through a lengthy conversation. She was kind enough to loan me her power adapter so I could charge up the laptop and apologised for the confusion with the rooms. Seems like they misread the email for a.m arrival when it was actually p.m. As I wasn’t here in the a.m I guess they booked the room out. After clearing up the confusion and also getting a map of where to buy an adapter of my own, I headed off to breakfast while the correct room was made available.
Breakfast here is just perfect. A line of cereals, yogurt and fruits as well as fresh juices and some ham, cheese and bread rolls to choose from, all washed down with a small cup of very strong coffee. Sitting in the morning Sun, listening to the songbirds and hearing the caged parakeets in the garden just washes away any tensions that may have built. We have three days here so the time will be relaxing and easy going.
After moving the gear in to the new room, it was off to the Plaza de Armas to pick up a few sundry medical items and the power adapter from Radio Shack. I passed by an electronics store that sold both washing machines and scooters – go figure. After doing a quick full-circle around the center and stopping at the local shop where a beaming owner sold some rather tasty plantain chips, I’m back at the hotel. Siesta starts for most people in a few minutes and will last for 3 hours. I think I’ll take a swim and maybe indulge in one of those really tasty pisco sours again. Spending a day in the garden, relaxing with a good book and birdsong sounds so perfect right now.