Rambling Robert's Travels

This blog chronicals the travels of myself, Rambling Robert, on my next adventure to South America.

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I am a world traveller. I do not work as such. I have been homeless and unemployed since 1October 2003. I worked as a chef for 30 years in America.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Travel update from Mancora Peru

here I am again. In Mancora Peru. A small quiet beach town in north west peru only 40 or 50 km from Ecuador on the Atlantic ocean. It is the dead of winter here in the tropics the weather is about 80 to 85F everyday (25-30C) and never a cloud in the sky, until sundown when the wind picks up and some clouds roll in for about 1 or 2 hours. It is cooler but certainly not cold at night. I havent worn socks in 4 weeks, but often put on long pants at night. A jacket is not really needed, but it is comfortable with or without one. I have been here in Mancora for a little over a month and now it looks like I will be here for another 3 weeks. I have been keeping company with Angela, an Austrian woman who will be my traveling mate when we leave here in 3 weeks.
We will be headed to Ecuador, to hide out at a different beach and to visit Vilcabamba. Angela knows a couple from Argentina who own an Eco-Resort in the jungle a kilometer or two out of Vilcabamba. They want to take a 6 week vacation and go to Argentina and they ater in touch with Angela about running the place for them in thier absence. If this works out we will go there for 6 weeks before continuing to explore the rest of Ecuador. If it doesnt happen we will just go exploring Ecuador and then go to Colombia.
Life in Mancora is pretty ideal. I have stayed in a few places a noisy hotel next to a disco and then in a bambu hut on the beach for 2 weeks and then in a nice little modern hospedaje in town and currently in Angelas house for 4 or 5 dnights during the big Peruian National holidays when the price of my room goes from 10 soles per night to 30.On August 1 I will move my stuff back into my 10 sol a night place or try to get into another hut on the beach for a couple of weeks. I love being in the little beach hut but the little hospedaje in town has its advantages too (good electric lighting and indoor plumbing). Both locations are cheap and tranquil. And from my room in town it is a 5 minute walk to the beach anyway. I spend a lot of nights at Angelas house anyhow, but having been a bachelor for a very long time, I like having my own space. We shall see how this works itself out when we start traveling. Good News! Angela says I dont snore!! I guess it is from losing weight.
Really nothing more to say for now. I will update you all again in a couple of weeks.
Rambling Roberto

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Mancora Peru

Well here I am on The second of July in Mancora. It is a small beach town in the northwest corner of Peru on the Atlantic coast. It is village in two parts. The southern half is a travelers destination with lots of hostals hospedajes and hotels and the north is a typical small Peruian fishing villge. It is know (the southern part) for having some of the best surfing on the Atlantic coast of South America. So the way gnarly dudes from all over the world come here and the waves are totally awsome dude. Radical surf. Lots of Rasta white guys selling crochet work and ganja and lots of young beauties in bikinis and lots of older traveleres (Over 25. I guess I am one of them) here to just relax in a very cheap chill beautiful beach. There are beautiful walks along white sand beach for many kilometers. I have been here for a week and will stay at least another week.
I am in a recomended hostel with great location and potential and shitty management. It is also noisy at night. It has a lovely swimming pool and a very good restaurant. It costs $4.50 per night for a private room with cold water, which is just fine in this climate.
I met a wonderful Austrian woman named Angela and we have eeen constant companions for the last 4 days and nights. We are really deeply in Like. And find it difficult to keep our hands off one another. I am brown and relaxed and in a very good mood. She is gonna start teaching me some yoga. She is a 38 year old civil engineer who has been living here in Mancora for a while and sells organic vegan breads and pastries from off her bicycle on the beach and around the village. She speaks English Spanish and German. We are in Like. Big time.
I am really enjoying Peru a lot more now. I liked it fine before but the last two weeks at sea level have been very good for me. I have gotten nice and tan and I have my breath back. I am now wearing shorts and sandals all the time and it is alwasys warm and sunny we are not too far from the equator and it is just great weather we are having. It is hot but the sea breeze makes it very pleasant and the ocean is warm enough to swim in comfortably.
Peace out. I will send another update in a week or so...
Rambling Robert