Oh Chelsea

After the disaster that was my last blog, things took a turn for the better after a lovely night in Trujillo we woke up and sorted out our plan for the day. There was quite a bit of discussion over what to do as there were a few options.

– Visit the Royal Tombs of Sipan

– Go to Chan Chan

– Visit the sun and moon temples
- and head to the beach for surfing and traditional boating

In the end we headed to the Royal Tombs of Sipan where unfortunately we could not take in our cameras. 
As we headed in we found our first problem, unless we bought guides everything was in Spanish! 
Which in the end proved to be very fun and very interesting as it really did make you read and think about everything in the museum. There was a fascinating history of the Mochican culture and an incredible collection of gold artifacts in such good condition! It really was worth a visit! To see how people were treated back then, the hierarchy and burial system in one of the largest museums in South America was fantastic! 

We then headed along to Chan Chan, the open-air imperial city of the Chimu Kingdom in an unbelievably good condition! The city just went on, and on, and on and to be honest with the materials it was made of just looked like a very very large sand castle city! The history behind them, once again, was impressive itself, about every 3 or 4 kings they would pack up and completely desert a city and move onto the next area of land and just start again! from scratch! and there were cities upon cities all lined up in a row as the kingdoms grew! 
Or at least as far as I understood, that was what was happening!

I think its fair to say that we were all pretty impressed with Chan Chan which made the next event even weirder! Whilst we were all marveling at the sights surrounding us, there was a group of what must have been high school students, with a teacher also at the City, presumably on a school trip. But instead of looking at the sights, they were all staring at us! Once again the shock of seeing white people froze them! The next thing we knew they were all over us taking photos, asking names! I couldn’t believe they found us more interesting than Chan Chan!

In the end we headed to the Royal Tombs of Sipan where unfortunately we could not take in our cameras.
As we headed in we found our first problem, unless we bought guides everything was in Spanish!
Which in the end proved to be very fun and very interesting as it really did make you read and think about everything in the museum. There was a fascinating history of the Mochican culture and an incredible collection of gold artefacts in such good condition! It really was worth a visit! To see how people were treated back then, the hierarchy and burial system in one of the largest museums in South America was fantastic! 

We then headed along to Chan Chan, an open-air imperial city of the Chimu Kingdom in an unbelievably good condition! The city just went on, and on, and on and to be honest with the materials it was made of just looked like a very very large sand castle city! The history behind them, once again, was impressive itself, about every 3 or 4 kings they would pack up and completely desert a city and move onto the next area of land and just start again! from scratch! and there were cities upon cities all lined up in a row as the kingdoms grew!
 Or at least as far as I understood, that was what was happening!

I think its fair to say that we were all pretty impressed with Chan Chan which made the next event even weirder! Whilst we were all marveling at the sights surrounding us, there was a group of what must have been high school students, with a teacher also at the City, presumably on a school trip. But instead of looking at the sights, they were all staring at us! Once again the shock of seeing white people froze them! The next thing we knew they were all over us taking photos, asking names! I couldn’t believe they found us more interesting than Chan Chan!

Anyway after a few hours round Chan Chan and a quick look in the gift shop/stall thing selling ahem interesting shaped vases and pots, we headed over to the Beach in the surf village of Huanchaco!

It had been a pretty long day so as a group we headed for a bite to eat, which, unfortunately for me, meant the local seafood restraint. If there’s one thing I reallllllly cannot handle its seafood! Though I think everyone else enjoyed it I at least got a Trujillo Pilsner Beer label to add to my small collection J

We then headed on down the beach, as it was getting on into the afternoon it was perfect weather to chill, Finn and Matt rented surf boards and we finally got to see their mad skills! They also had a load of these cool fishing rafts made of reeds that you could again hire out, so Jen and I took two for a spin! We started off with the guys who owned them on the back helping us along – the paddles were thick pieces of reed, or bamboo or something with a small piece cut out of each end to act as a scoop, making them pretty hard for my little hands to handle! However with the help of these guys we paddled straight out over the waves (It reminded me so much of Ben and I paddling against the wind in wales!) literally flying though the air using the waves as ramps! – I’m sure it felt more exciting than it probably was to anyone watching!haha – After a small tuition I persuaded the guys to let us have a go on our own so after a smooth parking on the shore, riding in on the wave (leaving Jen crashed onto the sand from the speed of her boat!) we tried it out for ourselves! Trust me – its much harder work than it looks when you see the boat, but with the sun setting over the sea, chilling on a bunch of reeds bobbing around seemed perfect! Topped off with a few piscos at the bar listening to some classic Bob Marley, I couldn’t see how this day could improve!

Oh but then came dinner!

Once back at our hotel we decided to let Dan and Matt chose where to eat from Dan’s oh so sacred lonely planet (seriously useful stuff!) and they picked out a restraint just around the corner, Chelsea.

Now at first we were a tad weary as this wasn’t the cheapest place on the map and of course we all had our own money issues but in the end we had to give it a go! So of we headed (that is Dan, Matt, Finn, Nick and myself) through the very large very posh double doors to be faces with a glass door heading into a room with beautifully set tables in such a lovely setting with a small stage where the grand piano was being played! Wont lie, this got me a tad nervous, we definitely weren’t dressed for this kind of occasion, and for me to be dressed for it would mean a quick run back to my wardrobe in England… however we were discreetly swept into a side room (I’m presuming the waiter had the same thought) and sat down in what was still a very lovely room, with only two other occupants who I felt a tad sorry for as we had most definitely ruined what looked to be a very personal and romantic atmosphere.

Since we’d gone out to such a place I thought I might as well run out of money in style sooo tequila sunrise it was! (and damn it was a good choice!) and then it was time to look at the menu… So realistically Finn, Dan and I could probably understand the most Spanish. That is conversational Spanish, or classroom Spanish, maybe the odd newspaper article, but not ‘we’re a really posh restraint and therefore our dishes mush have flowery posh pretty names that poor travelers with only a small grasp of our language have absolutely no chance of understanding’ kind of words, so we quickly gave up on having any idea what we were ordering, and to be honest it worked out pretty well!

Saying that it was still a pretty expensive meal so I decided to stop there, as did Finn, however Dan, Nick and Matt went all out and ordered three of the ‘Delicious Chelsea’ (since we had no clue what our mains were gonna be why stop the fun there!) As always seemed to be the case, something went wrong with dans order. By which I mean it didn’t come!haha So we watched as Nick and Matt tucked in, I honestly don’t really know what happened but I don’t think I’d ever seen them so happy! They kept going on and on about how good this pudding was! They offered some to me to try but I was pretty full and declined, It couldn’t be that good? However Finn took one bite and next thing you know two more Delicious Chelsea’s were heading our way for Finn and Dan, the same thing happened again! I swear there must have been something in these puddings! They were in heaven, and after a lot of persuading I had to order one myself. When it arrived bless em, they were so eager to see my reaction the filmed me take my first bite and I swear I did everything in my power to keep a straight face, I didn’t want to give in to this loco pudding but I simply couldn’t help it! It was sooooo good! It was creamy, biscuit, peachy, sweet, and so melt in the mouth. It was simply Delicous!haha And so that was all 5 of us, sat at the table, giggling away, all extremely happy over this little tiny bite of heaven!

I could try explaining just how good this pudding was, but I never could do it justice! All I can say is book a flight to Lima. Now, then a coach up to Trujillo, check out the lonely planet, head to Chelsea and try it! 😛

Anyway tomorrow we’re getting the 10-hour coach down to Lima, how I wish I had my kindle!!

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