cusco, peru 5pm
i'm sitting in an internet cafe in a beautiful beautiful surburb in cusco called san blas. i'm so falling in love with this quaint li'l surburb. just sorta walked around aimlessly, without a map... up and down the twisting slippery cobbled streets. sat in one of the cafes that overlook the tiny plaza, which overlooks the valley, and in the distance, the residential surburbs on the hills... drinking "mate de coca" - coca leaves tea. supposed to help with altitude sickness. i'm not sure if it really helped, but i've been drinking it. it has very small traces of cocaine in it i think. very tiny tiny minuscule amount. and no, i didn't feel high or anything. it kinda tastes like green tea.
today, we brought the kids out to the park, something like a big wonderland with very basic rides. there are stuff like mega long and steep slides, long twisty slides, and also merry-go-round and octopus-type rides as well but u've got to push them manually to make them spin. tiring for us though. and there was this particular girl marie-fernandez, who absolutely loved the swing. me and emma had to take turns to push her. she still doesn't get the kick-your-leg-and-u'll-continue-to-swing concept. she will yell out to us every 20secs or so in spanish, "teacher push me". i think she was on it for most of the 2 hours we were there.
(just an aside, this keyboard i'm typing on has an annoying exclamation mark that doesn't work.)
i think i might visit macchu pichu this weekend. i won't do the 4 day inca trail, as i don't think i'm gonna make it. just climbing the 5 steps in the hostel that leads to our rooms is making me all huffy and puffy. plus, if the terrain is anything like the hills where the school is, i'll probably just slip and fall in my doc martens boots. yeah, didn't bring my trekking shoes... was trying to save some space (and weight) in my backpack.
so i might take a train to the nearest town - aguas calientes, and stay the night there. and then wake up very early in the morning and do a really short trek to macchu pichu, before the tourist crowds arrive on the buses/trains.
u guys should make your next holiday trip to cusco.
it's absolutely fantastic...