For some reason, these last 2 blogs didn't send. Let's try again...
Hello again- It's nice to have some chill out time in Cusco where I can sit at my favorite cafe (with wireless internet!) and write my blog. The last week and a half has been a whirlwind. I have all day today and half a day tomorrow before I fly back to Lima. I plan to get a cheap massage and do all my last minute shopping. I am overnight in Lima on Wednesday and then I'll fly back to the U.S. on Thursday. It's time. I have had a wonderful experience here in Peru, but I'm ready for some comforts of home and the food in the U.S. I have a feeling that after a couple days back home, I'll actually miss Peru. The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence isn't it?
O.K., now I'll write a little bit about my week in Taray. This is a very very small little town that is a 25 minute walk on a dirt road to the town of Pisac. Pisac is known for their great ruins and mainly for their amazing market shopping. Ah, shopping! I spent many afternoons wandering around the market stands looking at all the textiles and other merchandise. I did buy a lot too. It's so much fun because everything is really cheap compared to the U.S. I had class in the morning from 8-noon. Then we had lunch prepared for us by the 2 people who ran the school site there. Let me tell you something about the food in Peru...it's very strange to me (and to all the Europeans who are here too) that they serve rice AND potatoes with every single meal. Wow, that has been hard to get used to. Alot of starch and carbs. Usually, back home it's one or the other with meat and a vegetable. Not here! I have had my fill of rice and potatoes. They put french fries in stirfrys here and then serve it over rice. There is always a potato in your soup too. I have to say, I will not miss Peruvian food. This is a photo of a couple students relaxing on the break between in the middle of our 4 hour class.
I enjoyed running in Taray. There was a really really long dirt road that went on and on out in the country of farm fields with beautiful mountains surrounding you. Taray is in the sacred valley, so it's surrounded by mountains. I did, however, take a nasty fall while running one day. There are a lot of rocks and other obstacles to avoid. Well, one rock caught me and down I went. Just a few bruises and some scrapes. It was all worth it to run on a mostly flat (meaning few hills, not smooth surface) road. Cusco is SOOO hilly! There is not a flat street to be found here.
That's all for now. Later today, I'll catch up on my blogging with my Amazon Jungle entry. Hasta Luego.
p.s. As I have read back over my blogs, I noticed several typos! Oops, thanks for your understanding. I really CAN spell!