Eating (lots), Drinking (even more) & being merry

Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
Trip End Feb 26, 2011

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Hostel Jacaranda Inn

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Great stuff, there was much less noise last night however there was an awful lot of wind, rain, thunder and lightning. We had heard a dripping noise through the night but it was only in the morning we realised the skylight we hated so much was leaking water straight through and dripping all the way through the room, down a staircase and into the hallway below. With the use of Google translator I explained the problem to Julio the young guy on reception.

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. We were very amused as this appeared to be a permanent solution to the problem. As the rain slowed to a stop we decided to have breako at the cafe next door, not for any other reason than to get a password for the wifi so we could hopefully use it in our room. It was rancid with a simple fried egg on toast tasting of the strongest fish taste so weird and so horrible. Never mind it gave us free wifi for the next few days and we weren’t actually sick which was a bonus.

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.
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