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Jul 22, 2013 - Cats and Salsa

This week has been pretty much about the cats. (And yes, salsa dancing, but more of that later). Lynda had sent me a message last week saying that she’d found a new home for the two kittens. I was happy because they’d get a new home, but sad, too because I’d gotten so attached to them. But first the two kittens and mummy cat were due for their shots. So, on Friday Lynda came down to Urubamba to help get the cats get vaccinated. She had already told me that Takata (mummy cat) didn’t like the vet and it was a lot of trouble to get her done....

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Jun 30, 2013 - Party Party Party

It’s been a week of celebrations here in Peru. On Monday it was Inti Raymi (festival of the sun)in Cusco. Apparently it is an absolutely humungous festival. But, I didn’t get a chance to see it because I was working in Urubamba. I went to work hoping that the hotel would cancel all the classes, but given it is a hotel, they don’t really get impacted by big festivals – their staff still has to work. So, that meant I still had to work. I had hoped that classes were cancelled and I could go into Cusco as Joan and Keith (the English couple) had...

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Jun 22, 2013 - Routine

It’s only taken two-and-a-half months since leaving home, but I finally have a routine. Is that good or bad? Work is pretty good. I have to admit that I really, really enjoy teaching. It doesn’t feel like work at all. I like the students – well, most (there is always one little shit in a class, right?). I think I only have one of those out of the total of all my students, so that’s pretty good. I am still ok with the travel to and from Cusco two days a week. They are long days as I am usually at the bus station here by 8.00am and I...

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Jun 17, 2013 - I'm in my new digs

It was a busy week. Yes, there was the usual 4 days of work, but on top of that, I also got asked to cover for another teacher at the actual school on Friday night. Fine… Happy to. So, that meant going in during the day to pick up their lesson content and plan what I was going to do. Now the thing with Peruvian students is that they are normally late. Not just 5 minutes late. They can turn up anything up to 45 minutes late (for a 1.5 hour class). Anyway, after waiting 30 minutes for the students to arrive, the guy who manages the school and...

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Jun 9, 2013 - Week 1 of living in Urubamba

One week down and six months to go. The first week of work was really good. My work days are long, but there are only four of them, so I get to enjoy 3-day weekends each week. Rio Sagrado (the hotel in Urubamba) is owned by the Orient Express people, and in fact, the main luxury train to Machu Picchu train is also owned by them. What that means is that the hotel is one of the stops for the train so I get to walk right up next to it on Mondays and Wednesdays when I’m working there. I must say, it is a very different train and very different...

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Jun 3, 2013 - Oo-roo from Urubamba

I’ve now had a weekend here in Urubamba. On Friday night I stayed at the hotel that I’ve booked for two weeks. Very clean and with a very nice caretaker lady there. In the morning I asked if there were any other guests there as it was very quiet. Nope. I was the only one. Lynda had asked me to dinner with friends on Friday night. I wasn’t really in the mood but, decided to go anyway because it was a chance to meet people. And people I did meet! Very nice ones. There were a couple of neighbour’s from Lynda’s house and also a British couple...

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May 26, 2013 - Preparing for my move

I’m now focussed on my move to Urubamba. I was supposed to start teaching at the hotel here in Cusco on Thursday. Of course in keeping with the wonderful organisational skills Peruvians have, the hotel hadn’t organised all their staff for their lessons. And, with a big religious festival this weekend and this coming week, they didn’t think they’d get their staff organised until June. So… no teaching at the hotel just yet. I’ll be heading to Urubamba tomorrow after my early morning class here (with my current school) to look at a couple of...

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May 19, 2013 - I'm in a period of transition

I have a new job! And I still have an old job. I took a trip out to Urubamba on Friday to meet with Elise again (she’s the one who set up and runs the school), and to see the school and meet some of the teachers and other staff. It all went well… So, now I will be working for a school called El Arte Sano. Getting there wasn’t too difficult. I had been told where to catch a Collectivo – one of those mini-vans they use as buses. It is a street called Pavitos – apparently Collectivos just park there and leave from there once they are full. I...

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Jul 16, 2012 - Markets and meals

Day Four – 16 July A day “at leisure.” Got up around 8:30 and went to breakfast – rather a meager offering but that was because the place had been descended on by all the rest of the guests... Back to the room and the water was off... that stayed the case on and off all day. Finally got a shower in the afternoon! Alice wanted to stay at the hotel but I wanted to explore the town. Started out and just 100 yards or so from the hotel were a bunch of men doing dishes, laundry, washing all sorts of things – in an open stream filled with litter...

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Jul 15, 2012 - Of mountains and pigs

Day Three – 15 July 2012 Up at 5:30 and bags in the hall, then a quick breakfast, onto the bus, and off to the Lima airport. Weather was warm, rainy, and cloudy. So much for the dry season... Check in was no problem and we had only a 2 hour wait. After about 20 minutes in the air we left the clouds and rain behind and flew over the Andes Mountains. Absolutely stunning. Most were brown and barren with an occasional settlement. As we flew deeper we started to see snow covered peaks and a number of lakes. Settlements, trails, and even towns...

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Feb 23, 2010 - Sacred Valley

Today I went to the only trip available due to the close down of Macchu Picchu - a day trip through the Sacred Valley. It is located to the north of Cuzco, and faous river Rio Urubamba runs trough it. At the far end of the valley you find Aguas Calientes, the town from where you can reach the famous citadel of Macchu Picchu - but as mentioned that part is closed for now. The valley I experienced it very lovely, its used for extensive agricultural work as its soils look very fertile, lots of mais, wheat and of course potatoes, that have...

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Aug 1, 2007 - Comenca El Camí Inka

Los mensajes del camino inka los haremos en castellano, especial para Iñaki!! Hoy empieza nuestro camino hacia el Machupichu, punto final de esta ruta por los Andes de unos 45 km, pasando por varios picos de más de 4000 metros de altura. Pensaremos en Iñaki todos estos días y te traeremos algún pequeño regalitoooooooo. Nos hemos encontrado con los compañeros de camino: Una chica inglesa, que ha convencido a sus padres que le ayuden a repetir el camino, que es muy fácil. Sus padres, inocentes, no se dan cuenta que su niña pertenece a la...

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