To teach or not to teach that is the question.....
Trip Start Sep 09, 2010
46Trip End May 28, 2011
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Louise Birch, an ex colleague at the University of Chichester was due into Cusco today. Iīd tried to text her but messages donīt seem to work in Peru, so I decided to go down to the hotel she was staying at and leave a message so we could try and meet up later in the day. As I was walking from San Blas into the main square I spotted her - they had only just arrived!! What a coincidence. We had a quick chat before I headed off for Spanish Lessons and we arranged to meet just after 4pm. Really not sure about the spanish lessons, Iīm now paying for them myself. They cost 13 soles per hour which is about 3 pounds. So not expensive and I thought Iīd do one hour of grammar and one of conversation but donīt feel like iīm getting anyway. Donīt even feel comfortable with the basics although I do recognise more words especially when Iīm watching cable tv and programmes with spanish subtitles
Tuesday 28th September
Nearly booked a 4 day trip to the Manu jungle today. Went into the travel agents that Jess recommended very near the hotel where I first lived. There were doing a discounted trip for $300 but it was leaving next Monday. Wasnīt sure I could commit to this because of the volunteer work. But email POD and they said it was ok to do trips. Didnīt have the cash on me and was going to Chichero to teach so said Iīd go back the next day. This was my first day of proper if you can call it that teaching. I was a bit weary about gettting the collectivo to Chinchero and try to get home so Rafael, Jessīs Peruvian husband, kindly offered to take me there and back! By the time you get the taxi down to street where you pick up the Collectivo, you then have to wait until it is full which is four in the back and one in the front, before it heads off so it can take well over an hour from door to Chinchero
Wednesday 29th September
Slept really well think Iīm still tired after Machu Picchu but the teaching is stressing me out, having to come up with lesson plans - thank god for the internet and numerous ESL sites otherwise Iīd be totally buggered
Thursday 30th September
This was my first attempt at getting the collectivo to and from Chichero by myself. I knew that if it proved difficult and I felt vulnerable then I would knock it on its head but I managed to do it. Got to the weaving centre just outside of Chinchero just before 10am and spent a couple of hours with Roxanna and the other weavers
After teaching I flagged down a collectivo on its way back to Cusco. When we got back to the city I thought I needed to get another taxi to get me back to the main plaza as each time thatīs what Iīd done, but this local lady who had been in the car with me, gestured that it would only take 10 mins to walk there and she was right. She lived in Chichero but came to San Blas ever day to sell her weaving products. Even though she spoke very little English and me pocco espanol we chatted all the way to Plaza de Armas.She has now helped me save 3 soles per journey as I no longer need to get a taxi to get me to the collectivo - the walk from my hostal takes around half an hour. The road I need is just off Avenue de Sol one of the main roads in Cusco
As I was back early I ended up going to a local restaurant that Louise and friends had visited and recommended. It was only 4 soles for 3 courses. For that you the īmenuī which consists of soup, chicken and rice and a drink - not back for one pound! Went to an internet cafe and wrote up my notes from the women. Using information gleamed from other websites and another leaflet I picked up have already typed up the text for them to use. I plan to do farm animals with the kids tomorrow and get them singing Old Macdonald has a farm - god help them! Just seen the State of Emergency that has kicked off in Ecquadorīs capital Quito on CNN...not somewhere I plan to go but a bit disconcerting although thankfully it didnīt last for long.
Friday 1st October
Blimey I canīt believe it is October already
Saturday 2nd October
Well off white water rafting today. Nearly thought about not doing it. The last time I did it was in Nepal 16 years ago I was a tad bit younger. It was never something I wanted to do but went with it. I did actually enjoy it but one of the guys in our boat actually fell out and we didnīt have helmets on. It was pretty scary as he hurled through the rapids heading towards the rocks. Thankfully we got him but I always thought. Been then got the t-shirt and survived donīt really want to do it again. So here I am but in the end I thought what the heck. The organisers said the rapids were only level 3 so not particularly hard. Had to be there for 9am and then we had a 2 hours bus ride to the river. there were 7 of us who went with the company Mayuc Rafting, who are a reputable company. Me the only Brit, an Israeli couple, 2 Brazilians, one Peruvian woman and a canadian girl. This time we were kitted up properly. We wore wet suits, my first time, not very flattering on a girl I can assure you, life jackets and helmets. We were lucky with the weather it was sunny and blue skies ideal for rafting. We had 4 in our boat, the Israeli couple, me and the canadian girl who had done dragon racing before so who know how to paddle...Anyway all in all it was good fun. Not as difficult as Nepal but still got soaking wet and I thought I was going to fly out of the boat a couple of times but in the end we managed to ride the rapids successfully.
Sunday 3rd October
It was the Chelsea v Arsenal game on Sunday morning. Sally said it was going to be recorded and shown at 11am so I headed down there to have my breakfast as well, but in fact they had started showing it at 10am so it was already half way through the second half. Darren the English guy from my hostal was there so I sat with him for the remainder of the game which Chelsea won convincingly. Skyped my brother and Nick. I just love Skype it is a wonderful invention. The quality is really good and its so nice to see loved ones up close and personal it makes you feel much closer to home and its FREE!