"You want to put your KISS in my pocket?" + TOUR

Trip Start Jan 15, 2010
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Trip End Jun 18, 2010


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The day in the tour bus

Flag of Peru  , Sacred Valley,
Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Never have I danced THAT long,
until THAT time in the morning!

Saturday night.  Went out with Leticia for dinner (Oh, so I just found out the other day that dinner is NOT included in the homestay....hahaa  So much for the past 3 weeks of eating at home!...Now I am trying to find cheap places to eat dinner!), and found a place for a 3 course meal for 10 soles or about $3 US.  Nice nice! 

After, we took a taxi back to my house to pick up Jose, PaolaŽs cousin (who, coincidentally lives UPSTAIRS! )  and Paola and her boyfriend, Kelvin.  We ended up going to pre-drink (as before) but this time went to a huge building, open to the outside, with 2 stories, and TONS of people!  There were literally hundreds of Cusquenas sitting around wooden tables drinking beer and talking, and I was THE. ONLY. GRINGO!  Leticia, my friend, who also went, is from Brazil, so I couldnt even count on that!  But I LOVED it, I dont like being surrounded by tourists all the time, and it was cool to live like the locals do.

The boys ordered two huge bottles of beer, and I just knew THIS was going to take a while... haha

The scene was pretty comical, even without me being the only one with blue eyes:  Leticia leaning against the wall trying NOT to inhale the smoke, Jose drinking glass after glass of cervesa, and then me getting a cup of beer spilled all over my pant legs!  Jose said it was good luck, so we all just went with that.... hhaha.

FINALLY we left to go dancing around 11 or so.  First stop Inka Team.  Saw our bartender buddies--who love to move their face when youŽre trying to greet them by kissing their cheek so their lips are on yours (DONT love that so much!), and also some friends from school. 

The first few hours were basically Paola, Jose, Kelvin, and I dancing in a sort of a rather organic circle form to Single Ladies, I Know You Want Me, and very SURPRISINGLY the Grease soundtrack!!!!  Naturally all the Cusquenos knew the words... and some of the moves from the movie!  Haha that reminds me, I asked Paola why the songs here were not dubbed in spanish like the tv shows, and she said because the words in english were too bad to be translated into Spanish!  Oh, and the kind of dancing we do in the US-- they dont even do it here!  OR in Brazil!  Being  thisclose  to someone while dancing appears to be prettyyy American, and Leticia made sure to comment that it was pretty slutty!    (Well of course afterwards she danced JUST like it with her new boy toy from NYC... )  ; )

ANYWHOO, around 2 am Inka Team got PRETTY crowded, and I asked Jose and his cousin (oh yes, his cousin joined us!  ha  A LOT of relatives in my family! Everyone is a cousin!) if they wanted to go next door to another place called Mythology.  Apparently girls get in free but guys have to pay, so the boys were reluctant at first to go.. but I was CONVINCED I could get them in for free...  And I did!  Hand holding with the guys while simultaneously smiling at the bouncers will get you far!   : )


Here we met MORE cousins haha and this is also where I started dancing more with Jose.  Funnily enough we ended up dancing to a lot of the same songs from the other place, but it still was really fun!  After an hour Jose and I went to get water from the street because its 3 soles cheaper than in the clubs, and we were sitting on the stairs when I was trying to get my keys into my pocket.  Jose turned to me, and asked "Do you want to put your kiss in my pocket?".  I wasnt really paying too much attention, and I was like what? Kiss?  What what?!  For some reason I couldnt decipher what he was trying to say, and he just kept saying "Kiss? Kiss?".  FINALLY, after what felt like forever, he pointed to my keys, which I was STILL trying to get in my pants pocket, and AH!  He means KEYS!    Had a good, nervous laugh over THAT!  hahah

At the club the dancing continued and continued!  At one point I asked what time, and it was 5 am!    I was like AHH I have to get up in 2 hours for my Sacred Valley Tour tomorrow morning!  I didnt wantttt to go--  Jose and I were quite the dancing partners-- but I feigned responsibility and said we should probablyyyyy go.  It was a little wierd that Jose and I were going to the same house, IŽll admit, but off we went, and I got off at the 3rd floor (that sounds like there is an elevator... there definately is not lol) and he went one more up, and  then it was Well, Buenos noches!  Haha.

I couldnt fall asleep until about 6:30, and soon awoke to my alarm at 7:30.  Mmm yes.  lol



The Day of the Tour

I thought Leticia and I were supposed to meet at the school to catch the tour bus at 8:50 so I texted her to see if she was "awake".  She replied, "Yea Im at the school where are you?".  APPARENTLY I was supposed to be at the school at 7: 50.... woopsyyy!

Almost (verrryyy almost) curled back into my sleeping bag, but decided I should probably go since I paid for the tour, AND Leticia was counting on me.

Hopped in an unoffical taxi, of course got a slow, unagressive driver, contemplated jumping out and just walking since it would be faster, but finally made it to the school where I handed the taxista what I thought was a 5 sole coin, but was really a 2, and asked for my change quite frantically.  He said it was a 2 (a ride costs 2.50) and I said Lo siento, lo siento! and told him I didnt have any more money.  Im sure he was anxious for me to get OUT of the taxi, and said it was fine, watching as I tried to pull the buckle of my backpack out of the door where it was appropriately jammed... haha


No bus at the school....  BUT a guy came running out and asked if I was Lara, and said lets go! WeŽre going to try to catch the bus in a taxi!  So back into a taxi I went, trying to hunt down our tour bus!  We found one but it was with the Spanish speaking guide, and Leticia was not on it, and I thought, well, thats that.  BUT the guy found the other, and VOILA!  there was my bus! 
Quite the adventure for just having rolled out of bed (i had packed my toothbrush and toothpaste in my backpack!) if I do say so myself.

Anyways, our tour was from 8 until 6 that night, and we visited Pisac, Chincero, and Ollantaytambo.  The day included a lot of walking, peeing in a whole in the ground haha, paying to use another bathroom, and taking pictures with sunglasses on to hide the circles from my one hour of sleep!  It was really interesting though, especially at Chincero where the indigenous women demonstrated how they used natural plants to dye the alpaca wool many colors.  They also explained how they found a substance in cacti that acts like soap, and shampoo! 


Later, amidst the clay roofs and women in ancient indigenous clothing, I found myself laughing at the irony of the roll of toilet paper tied to a tree right underneath an energy efficient lightbulb---like by Energy Star   : )   


All in all the day was pretty great-- listened to a couple who are doing an around the world trip--read: Asia, New Zealand, South America, Africa, etc.   (VERY jealous!)

Oh and our tour guide was from Cusco but spoke English to our group, and was quite a character as well.  At one point I asked (well I was actually just letting him know) if I could go buy some water quickly, and he said No, no time!  Lets GOOO!  I felt a little like I was in a sheep pack during most of the trip, when he practically herded the group from place to place...  Of course thats what you get when you go on a tour with a time table, but it was pretty funny.


Anyways, have included some pictures, maybe Ill be able to get more than 5 up this time... we will see.  : )

Miss you all very much, and thanks for reading my blogs!

xxooxoxo



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Comments

Lauren on

Lara, every time I read your blog entries I cannot help but crack up. The past couple of days have been pretty stressful, I almost feel like I'm back in IB! But I always look forward to reading your blogs for some humor in my day :) What makes your blogs even better, is that I feel like I am right there with you and the things that you mentioned...such as getting the guys in the club for free, trying to get water with the strict time table, and looking at Jose in a skeptical way when he said "kiss kiss"...that is just SO Lara hahahaha :) I cannot even begin to tell you how much I miss you, but I am happy to know that you are doing well and enjoying yourself. I also want to wish you a very happy birthday!!! I cannot believe that you are finally 19! Ahhhh! Anyways, I shall talk to you soon xoxoxoxoxo

john moor on

Welcome to the one hour of sleep world. You should have been a resident. You could do surgery all the next day in your sunglasses. You can only do that until your are 40 or so and then it becomes painful. Peeing in a hole in the floor seems to be a fad or a necessity in much of the world. Have fun. PLAP!

Pati P. on

All night dancing, an hour of sleep, chasing your bus in a taxi....? What an adventure! I'm enjoying the blog, Lara. Thanks!

Sheri Lewis on

OH how I enjoy reading your blogs! That's a new pick-up line, can I put your "kiss" in MY pocket? LOL I'll try it the next time I'm out dancing til 5am!

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