Return of the Cack

Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
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Trip End Feb 26, 2011


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Jacaranda Hostel Inn

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Monday, January 3, 2011

I woke up with the walls banging, people in the shower and singing from somewhere else, the party was coming to an end at 5:00am. At 05:30 I had to wake Erica, every toilet in the whole hostel was occupied and my chronic diahorrea was back, she caught me arranging the hostel's towels in the corner of the room which I was ready to go on (it was that desperate) through a series of karate chops to the stomach I managed to last until I heard a door unlock, despite the cries of "bog roll, bog roll" I knew it was pointless asking, we didn’t have any I already knew that. Taking a towel into the toilet Erica barked “leave that here” so I did. After unloading a huge pile of diahorrea I sat and contemplated the situation of no toilet roll. I already knew the hostel loo didn’t have any toilet roll but as I sat contemplating my fate I of course realised there was toilet roll.... in the bin next to the toilet, of course it had been used but after a few minutes careful digging about I found some pieces that I could get an additional fold out of. Whoever said recycling toilet paper was impossible. Anyway for the second time in a week the diahorrea caught me out. Erica edit:  Gross, gross, gross.

Having lost our hacked WIFI connection we went to our favourite WIFI shop and had a strawberry, orange, black pepper and ginger smoothie while we checked our emails. Our well devised plan of cheap return flights has as usual backfired and our flight out of La Paz has been cancelled. Not sure if this was due to Bolivian fuel protests or what but they now appear to be refusing to get us to where we need to go for the next leg of this trip. Ebookers are even less help refusing to try and speak to a 'foreign airline as they won’t speak English’. It is still up in the air and after a brief phone call home the worries of lack of funds is starting to play havoc. Perhaps the international drug trading market is the only option left (says Andrew looking at the mule Erica).

After only 5 days without internet we seem to have so much to sort out at the moment. We wandered back and found a set lunch for 12 soles with drinks, starters and main courses. I had some kind of cheese puffs with guacamole followed by chicken and rice. It was really nice actually. We retired to our room, watched Valentine’s Day and had a quick snooze. At about 7pm we headed back into town another quick check of the e-mail and headed off to meet our trekking partners in the Irish bar, Paddy Flaherty’s for a farewell drink. We had a couple of gin and tonics and a couple of Pisco Sours and Sprite on the buy 1 get 1 free happy hour, and followed it up with a beer each, we shared a steak sandwich and were joined by a huge group of Aussies. 

It is so nice to be back in Cusco which feels like it has become our second home we have been here that long.  Strangely though the place seems so different too – there are so many more tourists here than before Christmas and the rain seems to have totally disappeared.  People are actually wearing t-shirts it is that warm!  Not long after our one for the ditch we said our goodbyes and went to bed to see what adventures the next few days may bring. Where are we going to I hear you ask, the answer is back to Bolivia and to the Amazon rain forest (Parque National Madidi) to feed Lady E to the mozzies. Watch this space.
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