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Published: April 18th 2014
Yep, just when I thought I had escaped the dreaded altitude sickness it hit me! Icky headache on day 3, which I thought was to do with not wearing my new hat while playing with the kids at the 3-4 yr olds project. Turns out that, combined with an a very unsettled stomach, lack of appetite and tiredness, I needed to slow down and rest. So that's what I did all yesterday and today felt much better. Walked into the main shopping area near our home and noticed how easily I lost my breath due to the altitude. Everyone says it will be fine in a few days so looking forward to that.
The 4 British girls and I went into the Plaza de Armas on Monday night to be part of the huge festival that had been going all day. I don't think the photos do justice to the eeriness of being in a place with so many people all focused on one point in the Cathedral where Benediction was being held. It was a beautiful night, no wind or rain after an absolute downpour during the procession that had wound its way through the streets of Cusco. It
Statue of the White Christ from the Plaza De Armas
I plan to visit Saqsayhuaman (pronounced sexywoman) and get to see this 6 mtr statue and then look down on Cusco to take a photo.
is actually like our Good Friday Appeal where they telecast the procession while also crossing to those in hospital to hear their story. They also talk to people on the phone about why they are donating money, etc.
The Easter period is slightly different from ours, with public holidays starting on Wednesday and everyone back at work on Monday. They usually have a big feast on Saturday and no Easter eggs.
I haven't taken any pictures of the projects as yet but will look at getting some when I am back at work on Monday. I also start my Spanish lessons Monday which I really, really need!
Travelled into San Blas on Tuesday afternoon with Emma, one of the British girls, where we wandered around the ancient streets. Managed to get a little lost but found our way back to an American shop 'The Meeting Place' run by volunteers, serving brilliant waffles and with all profits going to help the poor. It was a great afternoon.
Spoke with Edgar the travel guy last night to see what sort of tours I can cram into my weekends. Looks like I should be able to get up to
the Amazon for 4 nights as there is a public holiday on May 1 and I will see if I can take the day off on Friday. Maybe work an entire day helping out the school kids in the afternoon. They only attend 4 hours of school per day and then may go to after school care to do their homework while waiting for their parents. Hoping to also see the floating islands of Lake Titicaca, the Coco Canyon in Arequipa and the Sacred Valley. Oh yeh, I suppose I should go and checkout Machu Picchu while I'm at it!
I'm sure some of these pictures will feel very familiar to those that have been to Cusco (I'm sure you will recognise nearly everything I post Chris!), but it really is an amazing city where the old and new are blended together in a somehow comfortable way. Hope to get some photos of where I am living and it's environment to give you a real idea of what I mean.
Not sure what I will be up to over Easter, but I hope everyone has a wonderful break, stay safe if you are travelling on the roads and
My new friends
Kiah, Lauren and I in a rare moment of not being pushed of the stairs by the passing traffic of people.
have a very Happy Easter!
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