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Oct 20, 2013 - Going out to Pisac

It was a fairly quiet/normal week this week. Classes all went well, but I got to experience a really big thunderstorm in Cusco on Thursday. My window faces out over the Cathedral and as I was teaching, I got to see the big, dark clouds roll in, watch the sensational lightening show and to feel the rumble of the thunder as it shook all the windows. Apparently the same storm hit Urubamba, knocking out the electricity for a while, but it was back on by the time I got home. The electricity was out again today when I got home from a day out...

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Oct 13, 2013 - Alas... No tall hairy dudes

The highlight of this week was going to another fun salsa night. I danced all night, had a ball, but alas, it was only with unattractive short guys… no tall hairy dudes this time. Oh well. To give you an idea of just how short a Peruvian man can be, one of the photos shows Annie, my neighbour, and Wimmie, the wife of the salsa teacher – and between them, a very short Peruvian. Some of these guys reach all the way up to our shoulders. Very short indeedy. At the end of the night, Annie, Maggie (a new neighbour in my block of apartments) and I...

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Oct 7, 2013 - Mismanay, Sacred Valley

Today, we visited a traditional Peruvian village perched high in the mountains. We had some trepidation as to how the day would go, as it was not something we would normally do. The village is supported by our travel company, Condor, who have assisted the community with providing Inca trail guide jobs to the men, and helping the village to prepare for visitors. We were warmly welcomed by the village people, with drums, flute and singing. After introductions, we joined them in a welcome dance. We participated in a ceremony to bless the...

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Oct 6, 2013 - Another long weekend

I only had to work three days last week and this week will be the same. The office in Cusco where I work on Tuesdays and Thursdays was having a very serious sewage problem last week. And I think it may have been a problem wider across Cusco, not simply in the building where I was. Things were fine in the morning, but when I got to the office in the afternoon, the normally secure front door was wide open. Upon entering, I knew the reason why... It stunk to high heaven. It was like hitting a wall. Man oh man. Fortunately, the room in which I...

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Oct 5, 2013 - Urubamba, Sacred Valley

We arrived by plane in Cusco, once the capital of the Inca Empire and standing at 3310 metres above sea level. From here we were driven to the fertile plains of the Sacred Valley, lower altitude at 2400 metres. For a moment, we thought our hotel was located in Central Australia, with its eucalyptus trees and brilliant red rocks reminiscent of our times in both the Alice and Glen Helen Gorge. Our first experience of an Incan archaeological site was a visit to Ollantaytambo, a military, religious and agricultural centre of the Incan Empire....

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Sep 23, 2013 - A Long Weekend

I’m having a long weekend this weekend. I had a meeting with my boss, Elise, on Friday just to catch up on how things are going. Given I work in hotels, I don’t get to see her or any of the other teachers from the schools very often. So, she was telling me about one of the other teachers who is also teaching at hotels. His hours had dropped considerably because of changes to the schedule of those hotels. And he was getting pretty desperate. So, I suggested he take my Monday classes this week in order to earn a little more cash. Yes, all...

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Sep 15, 2013 - All I've done is eat!

I have been trying to work out what to update you on this week, and seriously, it seems that all I’ve done this week is eat. Keith and Joan had told me about a place in Cusco that is very popular with the locals. It serves typical Peruvian food, has entertainment and is pretty much packed out throughout the week. The locals go there to celebrate birthdays or other events – even during the week. I guess the long lunches that are customary here allow that to happen. So, during the week, Keith and Joan came into Cusco and I had lunch with them...

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Aug 25, 2013 - So sad

Today my foster babies went back to their mummy in her new home. Being the absolutely emotional wreck that I am regarding animals, I’ve been crying on and off for days, and even as I’m writing this, the tears are flowing. I’m going to miss those gorgeous kitty-cats. But, it was reassuring to watch them exploring their new home (rather than cowering in some dark corner as I was kind of expecting them to do). I was especially concerned about Munchkin, who, just this Friday, underwent his neutering operation. Poor baby. The vets here are...

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Aug 18, 2013 - Fully recovered

I thought I had a cold. It turned out to be tonsillitis. Thankfully, I am in a country where you can purchase antibiotics over the counter without a prescription. Judging by the size of the pills I was given, I was sure they were for a horse, but they did the trick. I missed out on two days of work, staying in bed and taking the rest that my body obviously needed. And I’m glad to say that the horse pills and the rest did the job and I’ve now fully recovered. What else… hmm. No mice episodes this week. Yey. But, I think I will be losing both...

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Aug 11, 2013 - Routine – with the usual mouse-hunt

Just a short one from me this week. Work is work… I’m still enjoying it because it doesn’t actually feel like work. Unfortunately, one of my Cusco students came into class on Thursday with the beginnings of a cold… I asked him to sit on the far side of the room… nope... so, guess what I’ve got now? I have been feeling bad enough this afternoon that I stayed in bed and have also told my boss that she needs to find a substitute teacher for tomorrow. Fingers-crossed that me resting up now will mean a quick recovery. (Mind you, I was still...

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Aug 4, 2013 - A different kind of birthday

Let me open this week’s blog with a big THANK YOU to everyone who wished me a happy birthday this week. (And for those of you who forgot to wish me a happy birthday… shame, shame, shame). It was certainly different this year. No party! But… I still had a lovely celebration the day before my actual birthday. I went into Cusco for lunch with Annie and Joan and Keith. We went to a place called Chicha – owned by Peru’s top chef. We had a beautiful meal, with wine of course, and then popped into Paddy’s Pub for some sparkling wine (we aren’t...

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Jul 28, 2013 - Mice, Rats, Cats, Dogs and Street Parties

More animal stories this week. Takata and Munchkin caught 2 mice 2 nights running this week. OK… Good kitty cats… now take it outside. They did. But, then there was a dead body waiting for me on the bedroom floor one morning. Nice. (not). Then my poor neighbour, Annie, discovered 2 rats living behind her fridge. (the apartment had been uninhabited – except for the rats – for months). I was working in Cusco the day she discovered them, so I missed all the initial excitement. She said that she had come running over to my place to see if I...

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