Eating (lots), Drinking (even more) & being merry
Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
371Trip End Feb 26, 2011
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Hostel Jacaranda Inn
In the middle of the thunderstorm Julio this morning sober in comparison to yesterday ran out into the thunderstorm jumped across two roofs to put a pink sheets of plastic over the window (I think it was a bin bag). Quite frankly this didn't do much but then he returned to put some sealant on the inside of the broken pieces of glass
Wandering around the square at lunchtime it became very evident that it was approaching Christmas Eve as lots of people from the countryside had started to arrive in town for the Christmas Eve markets. They are a fantastic sight all dressed in traditional outfits and with small kids all looking very grubby and dirty. A real nice addition and contrast to such a clean touristy place.
We headed off to the Irish pub (the highest Irish owned pub in the world trivia fans called Paddy’s Pub) and had a few drinks, we then had a couple with Will and Joanna before they set off to the Inca trail in the English pub to see them off. The pair of us then ended up in the Aussie bar (yes it is such a multicultural city) for dinner and we shared a plate of local potato type vegetables with lots of delicious dips (guacamole and blue cheese to name a few – awesome). It was great to see the Christmas spirit in its truest sense, lots of people setting up food stalls and soup kitchens to give away free stuff to the poor families from the countryside. Absolutely fantastic. I was quite keen to do this ourselves but we saw one traveller trying who presumably didn’t speak Spanish and he was chased all over the place by a mob of about 60 ripping things out of his hands as he couldn’t get them to line up. Erica was on one a bit and we probably stayed out later than we should have, never mind nothing to get up for except drinking, eating and looking around the Christmas Eve market. Oh I do love Christmas.