Although I don't usually leave my handbag, on this occasion, given the narrowness of the bus seats, I put it in the compartment above my head. The second big mistake was the fact of taking pictures during the trip and getting up to leave the camera in my backpack in view of everyone.
I had a long conversation with the 76-year-old man who touched me as a companion and dedicated himself to giving me advice on the places I should visit in his well-loved country. Again I used my backpack to take out my notebook and write down his advice.
I did not fall asleep in almost all the long journey that we spent very hot and that lasted about five hours more than what they told me at the agency that bought the ticket in Arica, Chile.
Well, at one of the last two stops, and a few kilometers from our destination, someone alive took advantage of the fact that my backpack had moved somewhat back from my position and took it out of the bus to stay with it.
I didn't realize until we reached Arequipa And I looked for her. I felt a mixture of helplessness, anger and disappointment - for myself, for not being alert - that they sent me to the police station in the terminal, with a mask to the ground. The truth is that they were very kind to me and filed my complaint. My grumpiness went away due to fatigue, hunger and the realization that only the camera and the chargers of the different devices that I carry with me were in my backpack. That in the material aspect, but what did hurt me was to lose my notebooks where I had all the notes of these almost five months of travel, the emails of the people I met along the way, maps handmade by travelers who talked to me of their countries ... and many more things that are unrecoverable and that hurt more than the camera.
I have already bought almost everything and now I have a thousand eyes in this country. I don't like having to be so alert because you don't enjoy things the same, but that's what it is.
At least, at this point in my other great adventure of five years ago, I had already stolen money and my entire backpack, in addition to two Canon EOS little girls from my great friend and travel companion, Rober.
So, we still have to give thanks. If you are going to travel by bus in Peru, choose one of the companies that are a bit more expensive but they offer great security as Southern Cross or Oltursa. It is worth paying more and going quieter and never lose sight of your handbag.
Hopefully this is the last setback of this type although it reminds me that what is really important is health, so this will not make my trip bitter.
Greetings from Lima!