Despite the lack of blog updates, I am in fact
still alive! Since I started volunteering after my Inca Trail trek my
days have been very full of activity and time to write has been limited,
to say the least.
Now I find myself once more at the end of a full
and delightful day, with an early start awaiting me tomorrow...so I will
keep this brief.
What have I been up to?
Well, I finally
completed my Spanish lessons...I clocked approx. 100 hours, though that
might be a bit of a stretch if you only count classtime...there were
many "field trips" which was usually practicing conversation in a cafe,
or browsing a market. Overall, I really enjoyed my classes at Proyecto
Peru, and I know I learned a lot! Now I just need to do some studying to
solidify what I've learned into my brain! The irregular verbs are the
bane of my existence!
As previously mentioned, I've also been
volunteering at an orphanage for girls. This was definitely a placement
that was outside my comfort zone, but it has been a neat experience. I
think it probably deserves a Blog post if it's own, so I won't say too
much right now. This week is my last with them...In fact I leave Cusco a
week from Tuesday! So crazy how fast time flies!
Last weekend I
went with 3 other girls from the school to do a tour of Lake Titticaca,
which was really alot of fun! We left late Friday night on a sleeper
bus, complete with big comfortable reclining chairs, and arrived in the
lakeside town of Puno at about 5am. From there we joined the rest of the
tour group and hopped on a boat to visit the Uros' man-made "floating
islands" (really incredible!), as well as a much largeer regular sort of
island where we climbed some mountains/big hills, dressed in
traditional clothing for a fiesta, and lodged with a local family for
the night. The next day we visited another island after a bumpy ride on
the choppy early-morning water, climbed another hill, ate fried trout
for lunch, and then clambered down over 500 stairs to reach the Harbour
to get back on the boat.
It took a couple hours to get back into
Puno where we browsed some shops and bummed around in a cafe for a
while. At an appropriate hour we visited a delightful restaurant in the
Plaza which served me a delicious ceviche (fresh fish marinaded in lime
juice, and slathered in some kind of cool, herby sauce...not cooked,
btw! I'm getting more adventurous with seafood), and then back to the
cafe for hot drinks. I had the opportunity there to Skype my family for
the first time since I left at the end of December, which was really
We departed Puno on another night bus, arriving back in
Cusco in the week hours of the morning on The Monday. We tried to sleep
once back at home with limited success! That was a rough day for
This weekend was much more chill. Yesterday my
friend and I slept in after a late (fun) Friday night, and then spent
the afternoon haggling in the markets, trying to get some souvenir
shopping out of the way. A mouthwatering meal at "Korma Sutra" curry
house, and a fruity pisco cocktail at the Pisco Museum with some friends
completed the day.
Today we visited some little-known,
untouristed ruins about an hours walk from our homestay. It was a
gorgeous sunny day, a steep climb, and a refreshing break from the
bustling busy city and tourist crowds. Afterwards we made ourselves some
lunch (avocados here are just infinity x better than at home....it's
not fair), chilled out, and went to the "cine" to watch
"unbreakable"...In English, with Spanish subtitles :)
the plan includes volunteering, getting my mullet cut off, (yes, one of
the many perils of the pixie cut is growing it out often results in a
horrific mullet), doing laundry, and visiting the Inka Museum! Not sure
what the rest of the week will hold, but I'm organizing a group to visit
some sights in the sacred valley next Saturday! Hopefully I'll have
time to put up another post soon!
Adios for now!