Day 3 in Cuzco
Sep 22, 2007
|hello on Sept 22!
Today is another day in Cuzco, and although it was a free day to do what we want (our first day away from the group, which is a nice change), its Sunday so a lot of things are closed. We decided to sleep in and set the alarm for 9:45-which we figured was an acceptable time to still do a lot of sightseeing. Well, I slept till 11, Kim till 10 so it was a slow start. No one is sleeping very well, apparently it has to do with the altitude as it speeds up your heart rate and makes it hard to fall back asleep. I think I was awake every hour! Anyways, out we went to explore a little neighbourhood called San Blas, the highest part of the city. A steep climb up cobblestone streets left us literally breathless. We walked around a bit, noticed everything was closed, and stopped for some lunch. Then Kim headed back to the room as she was feeling really tired (no comment), and I went out to do some museums and maybe a BIT more shopping. It really is amazing how the altitude makes you fee tired all the time. Unfortunately, museums were closed too so here I am back at the hotel and passing the time on the computer.
I feel I should elaborate more on the shopping than Kim did. Yesterday we shopped a lot and bought gifts for some of you (if you are lucky!) and tons of stuff for ourselves naturally. The best purchase was a baby alpaca rug that Kim got for her room, it's gorgeous and so soft. Probably half the price of something synthetic at home. I got a great black poncho (not the crazy striped colours that everthing is made of here), for $30 solas which is $10 cdn. A great deal for something I'll wear a lot in the spring/fall.
Tomorrow we are off for our tour of the Sacred Valley including places like Ollyntantambo, Aguas Calientes and finally Machu Pichu which we're really looking forward to! I think we are packing up enough for the next few days and leaving our bags here at the hotel as we'll be back in a few days. Cuzco has really been lovely, a great place to settle for a few days after the craziness of the jungle. But I'm looking forward to some more excitement over the next few days.
Oh, also wanted to tell you that we finally went out and stayed up till 12 last night! a new record on the trip. There's an irish pub around the corner (I think every town in the world must have one if there is one here), which the two irish couples and the londoners. It was happy hour - it lasts from 5 until 9:30, so $12.50 solas for a pitcher of beer...yes folks, that's $4 canadian. we had a few and had a good time talking about the differences between the UK and Canada. Some new words that we have learned and will share:
-squidgy - the consistency of pudding for example
-poppers - snaps on a raincoat for example
-jobbie - going number 2
We are keeping a running list as everyday they come up something new.
That's all for now, I'm going to read a book. No napping as I don't want to screw up the precious few hours of sleep I'm getting! I think everyone else in the group must be napping too, it's pretty quiet around here.
Tonight we're off to an Andean dance/music show, then dinner. Not sure when we'll write again, depends if there is internet in the next hotel.