Inti Raymi- Festival of the Sun
Trip Start Jun 21, 2008
11Trip End Aug 16, 2008
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So two days and Im beginning to feel less lonely. There ended up being a lot of students currently attending the school, Ive met ppl. from all over the world so far, most speak fairly good english so there is little if any language barriers around the residence. Breakfast and lunch is served each day before and after classes, so it is a great opportunity to chat with other travellers. Naturally I was placed in the beginners level spanish class, as I dont have a clue about the language, and even after one day its difficult for anything Ive learned to sink in. Although as most students around the school joke, we are really not here to learn spanish, we are here to have a good time and hopefully pick up enough spanish to successfully haggle local vendors for better prices on merchandise.
After the celebration today Thomas, Isaac and four others from our school went out for lunch, we had an entire plate with soup appetizer for 5 soles, or about a 1.70 at home! Its really unbelievable how cheap everything is here, Im going to take advantage of it as much as I can!
Having been through a portion of the city already I can definately recognize the economic limitations of the area, there is a lot of poverty once you travel outside the centre of the city, although it has been relatively safe to walk around, so long as you are aware of the people and places around you. It has also become apparent how much ths city depends on its tourism, everything is geared toward tourists, from various trekking options in the mountains to the variety and abundance of food offerings and lodging options. I have been very impressed with the beauty of the area and I look forward to travelling outside the city to experience everything the area has to offer.
(Ill be posting pics from the festival later in the week)
Ciao until next time...