Pancakes, mama Africa's and a very angry manager

Trip Start Oct 01, 2012
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Trip End Oct 01, 2015


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Flag of Peru  , Cusco,
Tuesday, October 16, 2012

We thankfully survived another overnight bus trip without getting robbed and arrived in cusco early in the morning. During our bus trip we got the pleasure of watching one of the worst films ever released - jack and Jill - only to be made worse by being dubbed in Spanish! We jumped in a taxi and headed straight for our hostel which unfortunately happened to be right on the edge of the motorway, we were assured that it was only a 10 minute walk to the centre and there was an unlimited pancake breakfast, tired and in need of a shower we booked in only to find the showers were ice cold! We went upstairs to have some pancakes and let them know our showers weren't working. The girl that worked there then ran off to fix it and came back to tell us we did have hot water and to turn the tap that says c - now this is an easiest enough mistake to make but I just assumed c meant cold- it doesn't c stands for caliente (hot in Spanish) . After working out the shower and all feeling fresh we headed into town to meet Matt before his bus left for Lima. We headed to a bar called nortons on the square and ordered the obvious choice for 10am - a round of bloody Mary's! Catching up with Matt was fun and after hearing about his exploits we sure had a lot to live up to in Cusco. As we were sat on the terrace there was a huge march going on in the square below, there were hundreds of locals dressed in beautiful bright outfits. It was the last time our group would be together and as the taxi driver beeped with impatience we all said an emotional goodbye. We spent the rest of the afternoon wandering around the town and getting our bearings. Cusco is so touristy with people offering you massage, happy hour, free pisco sour and in hushed tones weed, cocaine. After Arequipa where we stayed in a very non touristy part of town I wasn't sure how I felt about it. On our way back to the hostel that afternoon we stopped at a local market to buy our dinner, we were all
still tired from our bus trip and decided to make use of the hostel kitchen. We managed to feed all 4 of us for around 10 pounds and so used the money we saved on a couple of bottles of red wine! We chatted to the manager of the hostel at dinner, he is a very angry man, we suspect he has a drug problem!
The following morning emile arrived and we all headed back into the town, looked around markets - emile bought some leg warmers and swore they were for his mum, sister or another female in his family- we werent so sure, we enquired about Spanish schools and sampled some of the street food - we came across some of the best things ever. They looked like little chocolate domes but inside they were filled with creamy marshmallowey goodness!
We had to go back to the hostel as we were meeting our tour guide for the inca trail for a briefing - we were nervous that it was a fake company especially as half a hour after they were due to arrive they still hadn't, luckily 50 minutes late they arrived and we were told about what was in store over the 4 day trek. John rudely interrupted at one point to check she wasn't selling us a tour - the guys a prat- and then spoke to her like she was a complete idiot and just shouted gracias in her face like she wouldn't understand her own language!
Bianca had recommended a vegetarian restaurant so we decided to head there for dinner and sample cuscos nightlife. We headed first to the bohemian area and went to a bar which promised the best mojitos in the universe, there was a Beatles cover band playing, the drinks were served by someone that you definitely wouldn't want to see alone in the dark and the toilets were over flowing down the stairs, the bar was great though and a perfect way to start of the night. We ended the night in mama Africa's - a club on the main square that played the most cheesiest music but we all loved it. We bumped into a girl we met in huacachina and danced the night away. The following morning we awoke with sore heads and after a run in with John in the morning ingrid really wanted to change hostels but we'd missed check out and so feeling very sorry for ourselves we decided to stay one more night but try and stay out of his way, unfortunately this was not the case for nicki who was sworn at over a tea bag! We spent to day going off in search of comfort food before retreating to the hostel to watch movies etc. Having found our way off the main tourist track we were both starting to like Cusco a lot more.
The following morning we checked out and changed hostels to one in the centre of town. Ingrid and nicki had there first Spanish lesson and tai and I spent the day exploring the town some more and getting ready for our trek the following day. After the colca canyon sole gate I needed to buy some more hiking boots and we managed to pick some up for 10pounds, this time I'd take a spare pair of shoes too! Tai was in his element try all the street food we passed, to his delight the sold quails eggs - 4 for 25p.
We spent that evening packing our two very small bags- we had to fit our sleeping bags in them as well which left little to no room for clothes for the next four days, playing pool in the hostel bar and having a couple of beers before heading to bed full of anticipation for the few days ahead.
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