June 15, 2008

We’ve had an incredibly busy weekend here in Cuzco.

Friday we joined up with a few of the other volunteers to take a mountain biking trip to visit the Moray ruins.  The ride was difficult but beautiful.

After the ruins, we rode to the nearest town to buy some lunch at a small stand.  The menu was limited as most Peruvian dishes are.  Rice, potatoes, and meat or eggs.

That evening after we had returned to Cuzco, we had dinner at an “American” restaurant in town that offers vegetables and salads that are safe to eat! (washed in mineral water rather than tap water). It was splendid.

(No pictures to share due to the maximum amount of time possible spent consuming fresh vegetables.)

Saturday morning we met with a group of other volunteers to go white water rafting.  Considering that the weather here is cool (in the 50’s-60’s) and the sun did not make an appearance, it was an extremely cold adventure.  The water from the Urubamba River comes directly from a glacier in the mountains.  After stripping down to bathing suits/underwear and then putting on a cold, damp wet suit, the last thing I wanted to do was take a dive into glacier water.  Nevertheless, the rafting was fun and when we returned to “base camp” with numb feet, there were warm “sauna” rooms for us to warm up in.  And they served us a warm lunch (rice, potatoes and meat).

Our host-dad works 4 hours from Cuzco in Machu Pichu and only returns home for 4 days a month.  Yesterday was his birthday and he returned home to celebrate with family.  So Saturday night, after spending the day rafting, we returned home to a birthday celebration.  A soccer game on tv at 7pm, dinner at 10pm, cake at 12pm, music, drinks and dancing (very) late into the night.  Our first true Peruvian celebration.

Finally, this morning we joined two other volunteers and took a 1 hour bus ride to visit the infamous Pisac Market.  It was a colorful, bustling, exciting place to visit.

A few notes:(I thought it would be funny to share with you some of the more humorous things we’ve encountered.)

-Most menus at restaurants are in Spanish, however some places try to cater their menus to tourists by describing dishes in English.  For example, some variations on the word “sandwich” we’ve seen are “sandwishes” and  “sanguches”.  Also, they offer “garlin bread” (garlic bread).

-There is a famous Incan Ruin site very close to our home here in Cuzco.  We’ve yet to visit it but hope to this coming weekend.  It’s called Sacsahuamán.  Only it is pronounced “Sexy Woman”.  We’ve taught the 8 year old girl who lives in our host home that saying “Sexy Woman” is funny…although she’s clueless as to why.

Tonight we are tired and a bit anxious about the travel we still have ahead.  Josh is sick with a cold, has mosquito bites that have turned into massive rashes on his arms and has a scraped up foot from rafting.  He could use your prayers.

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  1. Jen said

    Your blog made one of my Mexican girls ask “where is Peru?” I told her. Then I asked her, “Do you know what language they speak in Peru?” She didn’t know. Thank you for helping to educate my darlings. Prayers will be offered your way.

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