So last night we all went out for a farewell meal as I was leaving today. It was good to spend one last meal with all the friends I have made over the past month, and everyone is very kind and helpful with ideas of places to visit and well wishes. Following this we all decided to go to a local club for one last night out. To get there I ended up sitting in the back of a pickup truck. Doing so at a minimum of 3000 feet made it one pretty cold trip but fun all the same. All was going well in the club until it reached midnight. As I have mentioned before there is an election in Peru on Sunday and because of this, beginning at midnight last night, a dry ban came in to place, meaning that it is illegal to purchase/consume alcohol until midnight on sunday! This caused an abrupt end to the evening and we headed home. Today I had a pretty relaxing morning before heading to the bus station, as a lot of the other volunteers had to work I only got to say goodbye to a couple of people but as I was waiting to board my bus Bernabe turned up unexpectedly at the bus station to say goodbye and to give me an Expand Peru pin, which all volunteers get. Just after he left Eva turned up to also say goodbye. It was very nice for them to take time out of working to come and say farewell, it really showed how much they appreciate the work and effort I have put in over the past month.
The bus on the way back to Lima was once again amazing, with fully reclining armchairs and as I was at the back of the bus near the bus stewardess we were even able to have a little conversation, in Spanish, I even suprised myself! I am never going to get over how amazing the Andes are. From leaving Huancayo you soon end up weaving your way around snow covered peaks before scaling down the cliffside then reaching the bottom of the andes with the lakes and waterfalls!
Right now I am in Link Hostel which is pretty amazing. They have orthopedic matresses and hot showers, and after a month of sleeping on a rock solid matress and having electrocuting showers, this is something pretty special. I am just off to meet Ingrid, one ofthe coordinators for the charity who lives in lima, to see if we can find somewhere to drink and hopefully something to eat!!!