Monday Day 4 13th Sept
Today I visited another possible placement. This was a kindergarten for kids. Iīd be teaching English to 3 different classes of 3, 4 and 5 year olds. Although they were very cute, didnīt feel overly confident to teach them by myself, having no experience and sounds like other volunteers taught in pairs. So hoping Amaka the other POD volunteer due on Thursday would do this with me. Then went to the South American Explorers Cusco Clubhouse up in San Blas. This is a club I joined before leaving the UK. Its about $60 or 40 pounds, and is aimed at travellers. Itīs a meeting place where you can find out about volunteering, places to rent and tours. They also put on events. So hope to get more involved with them. Met Mary the manager an American lady who`s been in post about 18 months. Iīd mentioned to Jess that I wasnīt happy with the room at the Santa Maria hostal. We asked if they had a room with a window not too much to ask for? But they are apparently doing rennovation work to that side of the hostal hence no rooms with a view
! So we deided to look for some apartments to rent instead. Amaka was planning to stay with a host family but that would mean living out of town which I didnt fancy I want to be central. Met a volunteer called Doris. The Club house rents rooms my budget is $280 but unfortunately they are all rented out until November. Doris mentioned a lady called Isobel who was looking for somewhere to rent. She was 70 but a young at heart 70 and well travelled....well she actually walked in. She gave me some numbers as sheīd been loooking for a while. Anyway someone mentioned that there was an apartment near to the club house. Jess needed to get back to the Real McCoys so we just walked around the corner and found a sign for apartments to rent long term. The room was small but cosy, and half the walls were stone clad including the shower. It has a pretty courtyard and a large communal lounge, dining area, a kitchen and an amazing view of cusco. So we took it for the bargain price of $220 a month, well under budget. Went back to the hostal to pack my backpack which I did in an hour, but having been here only 4 days I have already emassed more possessions - don`t ask how?? and appear to have filled 4 extra bags on top of my backpack.....I had to pay the deposit - first months rent but will get that back from POD. Sandraīs colleague Sue text me to invite me to the Inka Grill, Sandra`s mobile wasī`t working hence no replies to my messages! Anyway had my first beer in Cusco, it was early evening and I hadnīt eaten much in the but it went straight to my head
. I felt a bit tiddled, apparently that`s the altitude! So believe it or not but I only drank water whilst at the Inka Grill, well I had work in the morning. Had a nice evening with Sandra, Sue and colleagues - there was about 40 of them who all worked in the mineral industry and were attending a conference... swapped facebook addresses with some of them. My meal of alpaca was 35 sol, cuy, the speciality (guinea pig) is more like 60 sol which is about 13 pounds but when my daily budget is about 50 sol you can see that I won`t be eating that often....