Fri 16/11-2012 Day 331

The THULE team at the official arrival day in Lima

Pos: here
Loc: Punta Hermosa
Acc: Hotel in Lima
Dist: 0 km

No paddling tomorrow!

The plan for today wasn’t really obvious yesterday for us – we were hoping to stay in Sofia’s lovely beach house for our time being in Lima and already started to make ourselves at home, getting our laundry done, cleaning up gear, working online…but:

The pick up team on top of Sofia Mulanivich's house

Despite we were happy to have to paddle yesterday only a shorter distance being expected at Punta Hermosa only at 4 pm, the date for the “official” arrival in Lima city has already been set by the press agency to a convenient Friday morning 10 am time, and they expected us to paddle this morning the remaining distance of about 35 km to Lima, arriving in time at 10 am??? How should this work out??? We paddle at 5 km/ hour average, with headwinds even longer…Besides, our bodies were crying for a rest and some days off the water and sun impact, and, most important, we were mentally prepared to have a rest *now*!

"Official" landing in Lima - with Michael Serra from the German embassy

When all misunderstandings were sorted out, the only option was to drive now to Lima, put our kayaks into the water just one small beach before the “official” arrival beach, and fake the “official arriving” in Lima. I like that better anyway, as I did that already in Valparaiso, and will probably also do in Buenos Aires on the 10th of May 2014! You are well showered and styled, somehow rested, and are way more happy to smile at journalists than if you had a long paddling day behind you!

Some "Save the Seas" activist

Sure we’ll start over again after our Lima break at Punta Hermosa, not to miss out any section of the coast.
So we packed our gear again, left Sofia’s nice house, and were launching this morning from the fancy Club de Regatas, just 1,8 km before the “official arrival” beach. The kayaks surely were fully empty, and I did my best even not to get wet and salty in any way…sometimes, you simply need to be off the water and don’t even want to touch the salty soup!
Fortunately launching and landing were dead calm, so I could land with a happy face, smiling at about ten photographers from various press publications and at maybe three or four TV channels. THULE Peru with Marco Vasquez did a great job to arrange a small beach party with food, drinks and all the VIP press 🙂

I did my smiling press job, and had Anthea Jantsch, a pretty young blond Peruvian girl with German-Bavarian roots as a translator and “background beauty and -dancer” on the interviews. I told her at the beginning after the second interview she doesn’t need me any more for answering the questions, as they are always the same…and she did a great job about answering quite soon herself in Spanish! :-)) Good teamwork…

But is it like it is now – the older the “star” is getting , the more attention help she eventually needs with “background beauties” or -“dancers”””?? Madonna has usually a whole bunch…:-))) LOL! The same habit was done already in Peru by THULE in Arequipa, where I even had *two* background beauties…but actually, it must be coming from the car business where at automoto shows the cars are always decorated with young pretty women…but hey, I’m not a car! I’m a woman myself!!! And hopefully still nice enough to look at…but my main sponsor THULE is simply coming from the car business and wants to promote my trip as much a s possible…all good!

The great mutual THULE lunch with Alexander und Michael from the German embassy at the fancy beach restaurant "Costa Verde"

After all promotional jobs on the beach were done, we had a great mutual lunch buffet at the fancy restaurant “Costa Verde” – THULE is used to treat their business partners well! Thanks! We were maybe about 20 people – Peter and myself, 6-8 THULE guys, two representatives from the German embassy, and eventually Sofia Mulanovich, a surfer’s world champion and or house host from the first night, came also to join us for lunch with another 6 people from the surfer’s scene. They all need roof racks and THULE things…!

With surfer's world champion Sofia Mulanovich in the "Costa Verde" restaurant

The afternoon was free in our fancy hotel, and Peter and I could eventually “rest” – physically, but not mentally. Online work started just now…and we were busy until we crashed at around 10 pm.

Surfer's world champions Javier and Sofia, plus Alexander Fierley from the German embassy

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Randall Lackey

Its all about keeping the Sponsors happy and You making the scene in a dynamic Wow way.Glad for you to be in that demand.Well deserved.You are certainly still nice enough to look at.Guess the sponsors want to make sure to appeal to the young guys as well.Glad to see Thule is taking good care of you two.Youve earned it.Enjoy and rest up. Randall

Robert Knopel

Dear both
Congratulation, you have reach Lima, one of your important “landing” points.
Have a nice stay there.
Alles Gute
Robert und Monica

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