04 November 2005, Friday
wow... i visited macchu pichu over the weekend, but i won't write about it here... will update on the other ruins i visited before the main highlight -- i think it's a mistake to have already visited macchu pichu so early on in the trip though. nothing i see now will beat that i reckon... at least not the other ruins!
anyway, on friday afternoon, i took a bus (45mins) with 2 others - phoebe and brenda, to chinchero, a small little village with a small li'l ruin by the square and a nice church. well i thought the interior of the church was quite nice but my travelling partners weren't really that into it. the walls and ceilings were painted with angels and cherubs and repeated patterns... there is no space left unpainted. and there were colourful statues adorning the sides and front of the church. alot of gold paint used, but they're not sparkly or tacky... like a lot of other churches i've seen elsewhere.
there was a really weird statue though in a smaller room. it was lying down in a coffin... looked kinda freaky. i really wanted that interpreted, but as in all or most of peru, there are no english translation, or if there were, they´re very bad...
the ride back was surreal. we took a collectivo taxi, which costs us s/3 (3 soles) each, around S$1.50 or 50p. we 3 piled into the backseat of the taxi. and since it´s a collectivo, we had to wait for the cab to fill up before the driver would move. so slowly one by one, the cab got full...
by the time we were ready to go, there were two (quite big) 50 year old peruvian ladies in the front with the driver, two 90 year old peruvian grannies + 1 middle-aged peruvian man in the boot. and the driver looked real squashed in the front seat... well i thought he might have difficulties controlling the steering wheel, but he seemed very comfortable with the idea when we set off and i guess he did real well. we got back to cusco in half an hour.
later on in the night, the whole group went to karaoke just outside of town. there was a pretty good selection of english songs i must say. i was quite impressed. everyone else in the pub were peruvians except us, so mostly spanish songs were sung. it took a really long time for the mike to get back to our table and so we left after about 3 drinks. i didn't get to sing my bohemian rhapsody. we left before it got to me. i'm thanking my lucky stars.