I realised that in all this time I haven't said any thing about Cusco apart from all the festivals. I have to admit, itīs really a great place and has a great feel to it, really safe and friendly. One of my profesoras told me the reason cusquenas (locals) are so happy is because every other week a new festival starts, and itīs so true!!! The government don't give them a chance to sit around and get bored, even last Friday was another holiday and that was only 4 days after the month of holidays finished! Mind you, this is the same profesora that told us in class she likes to shake her hips like shakira in the mirror every morning and go kickboxing so that she can spend the whole day doing her favourite hobby.... eating!!! It's also the same profesora that likes to get us singing and dancing along to manu chau in our classes at ten in the morning (stone cold sober)!
What else have I been up to in Cusco? Well, I have visited the cathedral and lots of churches, spent hours sat on benches in plazas making the most of any sunshine I can get and talking very bad Spanglish to whichever poor local happens to come and sit next to me, read all about the coca plant and how its turned into cocaine at the coca museum, read all about cocoa, not to be confused with coca, and how its been used and turned into chocolate in the chocolate musuem, and even spent 2 hours making my own chocolate in a workshop where I did everything from roasting the beans, shelling them and grinding them into a cocoa paste before making hot chocolate and my very own bag of handmade chocs to take away and enjoy!!
So... apart from the friendly locals, beautiful plazas, historic and intricate churches and museums, and trust me there is another plaza with another church every other block, what am I going to miss??? Well, my pet llama (in the form of a blanket) that keeps me warm at night, the local beer cusquena, and the amazing veggie restaurants they have here where you can lunch like a king for 6 soles (equivalent to GBP 1.50). What am I not going to miss??? Wearing my socks to bed to avoid the frostbite and dethawing my fingers and toes with my travel hairdryer every morning (Iīm so glad I decided to pack that, thanks to April for her travel tip of taking it with me!)
Now itīs time to leave Peru and move on, I've opted with going north into Ecuador on the basis that itīs warmer than going south and I am yet to start work on my suntan!
Ciao Peru, next stop is Ecuador on Saturday, and in 2 weeks time I will be in the Galapagos!! :o)
Schools out and I'm now in my fourth and final week in Cusco with just 2 days left in what was supposed to be a two week visit... if I keep this pace up its going to take me 5 years to make my way around South America!