October 31, 2005
I didn't do much today other than catch up on my blog, pictures, sleep, and personal hygiene. I had been away from civilization for six days, so it was a much needed day of rest.
I knew it was Halloween, but I didn't expect much to happen here in Peru. However, kids dressed up and asked went around asking for candy just like they do in the United States. The only difference was that they said "Halloween" instead of "trick or treat." I was told that after seeing the festivities that occur in the US on TV, people in lots of other countries started carrying on those traditions at home.
My hostel also had a big Halloween party. I wasn't going to go because I was still feeling as sick as ever and I didn't have a costume, but I still checked it out for a little bit. I wasn't sure how a backpacker could come up with a Halloween costume, but a lot of them managed. One guy covered himself in toilet paper to become a mummy. I'm sure the hostel owners loved that. Another guy made a fake handlebar mustache and that was his costume. Well, he also was wearing a t-shirt that had a map of Chile on it, but I'm not sure if it was actually part of his costume. There were also a lot of witches, devils, and even a Barney. Too bad I was constantly coughing and too run down to stay out late. A lot of people didn't get back until 7:00 AM the next day.
Unfortunately, my small camera broke, so I couldn't take any pictures. When I turn it on, the lens doesn't come out. It must have broken after my second day of the Inca Trail because I have pictures on it from that day. I'll get someone to take a look at it when I'm in the same spot for a few days, but I don't think that will happen soon.