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Never easy to say farewell

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It's never easy to say farewell but I managed to hide my mixed feelings to my friends in the morning when they are heading to airport for Lima. Now I have all the freedom that I want all of a sudden. I think I need a little time to get used to it.

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Still recovering from my congestion, I went to a few museums in town including the Inka museum, the Santa Catalina Convent and one of the most facinating sight but also very touristy Qoricancha at Santa Domingo. Once the centre of the inca society, the spanish had melted down tons of silver and gold during occupation. Now what left at this site is the bottom portion containing a 6m high inca wall with perfect stone alignment and a baroque-styled columns and roof, not quite in perfect harmony in architectural sense I must say.

Saturday night I moved from Hostel Recoleta to Hostel Tahuantinsuyo just two blocks up and spent the night updating my blog. Afterwards, I had dinner at the Witch Garden, another lounge with great music, in San Blas, a upcoming artist district.

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Sunday morning, I met up with the Canadian family from the Inca Trail to take a local bus to the Pisac market. An hour and a half bus ride for $0.60 (2 soles)! My first impression of this little town is the wonderful colors displayed by all kinds of goods, clothings, food and sovernoirs. The town literally comes alive on Sundays when locals and tourists flushed in from everywhere. Bargaining is never my strong skill but I did manage to purchase a warm llama sweater for only 28 soles ($9) with a little help from Wayne, my Canadian friend, who had himself bought about 200 necklaces and finger puppets for his marina store in Banff. Temptation was definitely there for shopping but I had to hold off so my backpack won't gain too much weight.

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Back to Cuzco, we all went to have lunch at an upscale restaurant which make you feel more like dining in Tuscany than Cuzco with its view. Around 7pm, people from my language school transferred me from my hostel to a host family's house with Yuni and her daughter Wendy.
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After the transfer, I joined the canadian family again for dinner and another farewell at La Retana.

Posted by shinenyc 15:50 Archived in Peru Tagged backpacking

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Hey Christine,
thanks for the amazing stories about this aparently great experience you made! Reading about the inca trail and the nice people you met is really cheering up my day!!
I hope you are all right again - Next time bring a doctor!! (ME! ME! ME!)
Best wishes,

Michael

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