Saturday, 7 April 2007

Come On You Irons...

Yes, up here in the Peruvian Andes, I was today privileged to cheer on the Hammers, courtesy of an unlikely Irish pub showing Fox TV, as they beat the mighty Arsenal. Maybe it´s more than just bubbles after all and we´ll stay up despite everything. I´m expecting the good people of Cusco to turn out in their thousands tonight to celebrate, as they did on our first night here when the local team beat Boca Juniors. Since then the mood has grown a bit more sombre as various Madonnas and huge, bloody replicas of Jesus on the cross are carried through the streets for Semana Santa.

As you may have gathered, this is being written by an imposter and isn´t really tim and alison´s latest blog posting at all. Where are all the usual beautiful pictures for a start? Since we last wrote , it´s true, a good two weeks have passed and we have meanwhile passed through Chile (v. briefly) and Bolivia (for long enough to know it was very hard work) , so it´s more than time for an update. But for various reasons -- such as it being too cold to type and there tending to be powercuts whenever we try to download pix -- we thought we would just put all the south american countries together and do them in comfort when we´re staying with hal and lorna in lima next week.

So you´ll just have to be patient (if there are any of you left out there, that is, apart from the hardworking halski, Chief Commentator for both us and the FT)..... and imagine us as we finally head off on our inca trail on monday, going up and over a 14,000 ft pass next day and hopefully discovering macchu pichu in all its glory as dawn breaks on thursday. Yes, after much uncertainty and some very strange peruvian xrays, the doctor has passed alison´s foot fit for walking... with the aid of a stick, which should also come in handy for dealing with angry mules, snakes etc, and for swinging us thru the trees as we ford yet another tributary of the amazon.

Anyway, now you know where to send out the search parties if you don´t hear from us again.

But fear not, you will hear from us again and when you do as i say it´ll be a bumper edition, complete with titillation from lake titicaca with its famous male knitters AND full details of the winner of the Most Awful Hotel of the Trip So Far competition...

2 comments:

Viveca said...

Have to admit to slight relief at lack of photos - so far - from South America. It means my levels of envy haven't risen exhorbitantly when reading your latest missive.... Good to hear that Alison's foot is fit for the long hike. I think walking sticks should be standard issue to ease the way on all adventures.

Four parcels/packages are piled up in my sitting room from various places along your route. Curiousity is NOT getting the better of me - but I am looking forward to your return and seeing what's inside...
Viveca

Simon said...

What do you mean "if there's anybody left out there"!? Little else is discussed in the salons of North London, the clubland of King's Cross and even the football-viewing pubs of Albion Square than the mysterious absence for too long of our favourite bloggers. Somehow it doesn't quite seem the same to tell you that Easter was magical on Hampstead Heath, that your lawn is looking in fine fettle after being wrestled into submission by Andy and that he and I have been discussing the mechanics of identity theft (So, you say you lent these chaps your car, do you, Mr X--okay, have it your own way--Mr Luard and went off round the world for a few months, leaving this so-called impostor in your house. Now, Sir, we ask you. Is this plausible? Besides, didn't the real Mr Luard used to smoke?). Hope the trail is good. Love to H & L