Kapoors Year 7: Europe/Ecuador/Peru travel blog

I Woke Up On The Morning After Our Return From Lake Titicaca...

It Turned Out The Pounding Was Really The Sound Of Drumming Coming...

After A Couple Of Hours, I Began To Feel Much Better And...

It Seemed A Dance Competition Was Underway, We Watched It From A...

We Ordered Lunch, Mine Was Fantastic, Chilli Releno (Stuffed Chilli Pepper)

We Were A Short Distance From Where The Performances Were Taking Place,...

The Dancers Came From All Over Peru, The Costumes Were Fabulous, Each...

The Dancers Mingled On The Street Below Us And I Was Able...

Now And Then I Even Caught A Warm Smile Or Two

This Man Was Watching The Performers Ahead Of Him, Hoping His Group...

This Fellow Had Removed His Sandals, Are His Feet Hurting Already?

The Next Group Up Had Bright Fuchsia Outfits In Contrast To The...

I Really Liked The Black And White Boots On This Gal, And...

After Several Attempts I Got This Great Shot Of The Swirling Skirts...

This Dance Troupe Were Dressed Mostly In Black With Attractive Woven Shawls

A Kiss For Good Luck? Or Just A Sweet Moment Between Friends?

I Think We Had The Best Perch, We Could See The Dancers...

Wow! Look At All The Colours And Various Designs On This Outfit,...

The Ladies Standing Nearby Were Even More Colourful, If That's Possible

Feathers! What A Feast For The Eyes!

And A Lovely Face, A Lovely Smile, To Make It Even More...

And Then Suddenly, The Mood And The Costumes Changed Completely

These Are Clearly Not Traditional Outfits From The Andes

I'm Pretty Sure That These Are The Costumes That Are Worn During...

Just Look At The Expression On The Face Of The Little Girl,...

And The Headdresses And Masks Were Both Alarming And Exotic At The...

While These Were Certainly Interesting, I Much Preferred The Traditional Outfits, This...

We Left The Restaurant And Went Down To The Street Where We...

This Young Couple Was Standing Near The Fountain, And Kindly Agreed To...

This Big Woman And Tiny Baby Were A Study In Contrasts

The Baby's Older Sister Was Nearby, Walking In Front Of Her Group's...

Warm Up Time, A Final Practice Just Before They Moved Up To...

We Strolled Back To Where A Group From Puno Was Warming Up,...

These Three Chose To Warm Themselves In The Afternoon Sun Instead Of...

And We Closed Off The Afternoon With A Smile From One Of...


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KAPOORS ON THE ROAD

I don’t know if it was something I ate or whether it was just a headache brought on by our return to the high altitude in Cusco, but I woke up to the sound of drumming in my head. It took me a little while to realize that it wasn’t a migraine, but there was music with a distinctive beat coming from the nearby Plaza de Armas.

I wanted desperately to feel better, and to be able to go out and see what we were missing, but the headache lingered on through the morning hours. Fortunately, I began to feel better by early afternoon and we set off thinking that the music would stop before we reached the plaza. To our surprise, there was a major cultural event taking place, and it was only later that we learned it was a folk-dance competition.

The crowds were thick in front of the Cathedral where the judging was taking place, and because we were hungry, we retreated to a restaurant on the second floor of one of the buildings lining the square. I couldn’t believe my eyes when we found a table vacant near one of the balcony windows; we had a bird’s eye view of the dancing, and of the competitors awaiting their turn just below our perch.

We ordered lunch and ate a delicious meal while I happily snapped dozens and dozens of photos without anyone below knowing. The time passed quickly, we were both so enthralled with the colourful costumes and the intricate dances. An hour or so later, we returned to street level where I was able to capture more detail on the costumes of the groups who had yet to perform.

Fortunately, the dancers were only too happy to pose for photos, reveling in the delight everyone was taking in their elaborate finery. It was an afternoon we will long remember, made even more perfect by the fact that the competition was lengthy and I didn’t miss it completely due to roaring headache.

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