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Life in Cusco

semi-overcast 17 °C

Back to school life is not exactly as fun as I expect. I had moved to a host family which is located about 25 min. walk from the school. My host mom, Yuni, and her daughter, Wendy, are really nice except that Yuni happened to be the very religious type with pictures of Jesus and statues at various places in the house. Honestly I am not very used to saying hi to Jesus every corner I turn in the house. Luckily, my spacious bedroom and comfortable bed made up for this. Wendy had been taking English classes at the same school I'm taking Spanish so we get along just fine.

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The classes are quite intense even for absolute beginners. By the third day of classes, Beni had taught us no less than 2 millions new vocabulary and how to construct sentence with present tense. However, the cirriculum does not focus on conversational spanish for travelling which is what I'm looking for. Well, at least I can carry out and understand conversations a bit better now.

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San Blas, Cusco's Soho is an artist heaven filled with galleries, cafes, and lounges up on the hill above downtown Cusco. Me and my two new Kiwi girlfriends, Nicki and Kate, went into 'The Muse', a cosi cafe and got invited to a party benefiting Pervian kids. Apparently, the guy who organized this party got his credit card code copied while using it at an ATM at Plaza de Armes and lost over $1000, so he claimed. So we all chipped in 2 soles ($0.60) for him to organize this trip for some Pervian kids.

Anyway, I have been restaining myself from going into any clubs that resemble anything on MTV and trying to stay true to the 'poor backpacker style'. With this mentality, I went into 'Mythology' and almost immediately feeling suffocated by the Spring Break crowds and the cigarettes smell. I took a seat right in front of the salsa teachers. Watching them move along the music is the only reason I stayed for as long as I can take. An overweight american woman (blonde) in her 30s dressed in a slimmy tank top introduced herself to me as a New Jersey local living in Hoboken and then went on critizing everyone's outfit and how she couldn't find any hair salon in central and south america for her highlight. I felt like killing myself if I had to listen to her for another minute. The first chance I got, I sneaked out the club and took a taxi home. The whole experience had just about destroyed my impression of Cusco as a spiritual city. I wish I can erase it from my memory.

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After the horrible experience from the night before, I've decided to escape from the city by going to Sassayhuaman again with Jeff and Fiona, two New Zealanders from the Inca trail. Afterwards, we stopped by the local market with all types of clothes, food, fruits, spices including hundreds of different types of papa (potatos) and maize (corn). Fiona and Jeff is heading off to Copacabana tonight, the same route I'll be taking in two days.

Posted by shinenyc 19:04 Archived in Peru Tagged backpacking

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