Day - 106 A strike in Peru

Trip Start Jun 14, 2013
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Peru  , Quintana Roo,
Thursday, September 26, 2013

As usual Bobbie and I sleep past the free breakfast time from 7.30-8.30am, I think we went downstairs at about 10am, being 2 people that enjoy their sleep and don't like to get out of a comfy bed, it happens a lot. We get up and go downstairs into the kitchen, I make us a hot drink of cacao tea, which is the tea that help with altitude sickness which we had not had any effects of yet, besides an occasional slight headache and shortness of breath walking hills. The nice girl that works there made us a cup of cacao tea on arrival yesterday so it might be helping keep the sickness away. The girl told us we can use the kitchen whenever we like, she gave us some information on things to do, she also told us that there is a strike in Peru today and not much will be open, then she had to leave. I made some honey on bread and we drank our tea and ate our honey roll in the sun in the garden of the hostel. Once the girl left I had a good snoop around the hostel, as it seemed like we were the only guests, I headed up to the 3rd level and found a staircase to a top room with a balcony lookout over the city, the views were amazing, I took Bobbie up there and we took photos and took in the great views for a while. Once we left the hostel we headed down to the Plaza de Armas, we could hear a lot of commotion going on and once we got into the square we found there was a protest going on. People were everywhere and there was a parade with people and signs protesting and marching through the square. We stood and watched and tried to figure out what it was all about, they even set fire to a coffin with pictures of a man on it, it went up like the 4th July. We stayed in the plaza and watched the protest for a while before heading up into the next square a street up and had some lunch at a bakery. We had really nice coffee and I had some pastries and pies for the first time since leaving work in June, Bobbie had a club sandwich, it was all really nice. We went looking for the office where you buy the tickets to Machu Picchu but due to the holiday it wasn't open and we couldn't find it anyway. After a little more looking around we headed back to the hostel. The girl who worked at the hostel was back and she told us about a ticket you can buy which allows you entry in 16 different places in the Cusco area, all are museums and ruins for 130 soles. On our walk we went to go into an underground museum but saw the ticket was 130 soles, thinking it was too expensive we left, but she informed us that ticket is actually the 16 places ticket we could buy. So after freshening up we headed back to the museum and got ourselves 2 tickets for the 16 places. We checked out the underground museum, it was pretty small, it had some old pottery and art from the Inca, it also had some mummies and skulls which was cool, but other than that it didn't have much else. After that we headed to another one of the museums on the list so we could get a few done in the afternoon. The next museum was also fairly small, it had some old photos of Cusco and a video on ruins in the Cusco area in the foyer, in the main room it was made up entirely of models, there was some pretty weird stuff, some of it was interesting, some of it looked like I could have made it from clay in primary school. Most of the time when Bobbie and I are at museums and we are a little bored and unimpressed we like to have fun and make up stories to make each other laugh, at one point there was a model of a man with a cigarette and squinty eyes, I said "hey babe, I think this guys smoking the devils lettuce", then looked at the model and said "puff puff give motherfucker"! It cracked her up really hard, which in a quiet museum is funny and a little frowned upon. A lot of the models were religious pieces, others were inspired by the Inca and ancient cultures, it wasn't really impressive but it was ok. The third museum we went to was one with paintings, I enjoy looking at art, especially if it takes my eye and you can spend a few minutes looking at it. This was a museum of modern art and most of the pieces were for sale, there was some really good stuff and not so good stuff and some real shit, just like most museums, it is personal taste, you like what you like but not everything, we enjoyed looking at the paintings, it was a couple of levels with a lot of different stuff and by the time we finished it was dark, we were hungry so we went to look for dinner. We found a place on the outside of Plaza de Armas that was a pub that served Thai food. We went in and got a booth ordered a couple of big bottles of beer, they sell long neck sized beers over here more commonly than a stubbie size beer. We ordered some really nice Thai food, I had this rice dish with beef that had all sorts of stuff in it from peanuts and sultanas to pineapple and veggies, Bobbie had a great curry with veggies and rice. We enjoyed our meals but we sat near three older guys who were just talking so much shit and smoking with the windows open which made it cold. They were not being loud or obnoxious and they were allowed to smoke with the window open, but it was just a shame we sat so close to them so we could hear their conversation, all they talked was shit about where they have traveled and what they've seen while chain smoking and generally annoying us with their mundane stories of I'm so much better than everyone because I've been to...
Eventually after we finished our meals we moved away from them and their big noting themselves on how many countries they've been to. We had waited until 7pm for happy hour to start so we could have a cocktail, we ended up ordering 1 of the strongest cocktails and due to happy hour got 2 for 1, it was called a Long Island and had rum, vodka, tequila, pisco, lemon juice and coke and was in a huge glass, we ended up having 2 of them and they got our buzz on. After leaving there we went to another club for a couple of beers, it was an empty night club when we got there, until a school turned up, no joke a bunch of collage kids with their teachers rocked up and filled the place, like it was some end of year excursion, they all got one free drink and then sat at the other end of the club smoking and dancing. It was pretty weird and awkward, being not only the only white people in the place but the only adults other than teachers. After finishing our 2nd beer we left and went to go back to the hostel until we heard a live band up in another pub. So we went up and watched, we had another big bottle of beer and danced and met some people, there were a lot of tourists out but we ended up meeting a nice local named Jamie, in Spanish pronounced Hamie. He spoke good English but liked to talk to me in Spanish to help me learn and use the Spanish I've learnt along the way. We ended up going to 3 other clubs with Jamie and drinking and dancing and had a pretty big night. He didn't try to get us to buy him drinks or rip us off, he was just a nice guy who wanted to party and hang and talk to us. He took us to some pretty good clubs, we danced Latino style and got amongst the more local spots, not the touristy bars. Cusco is a very high tourist area due to Machu Picchu, but we don't like to hang out with other tourists because they are mostly annoy us, we rather hang with the locals and party with the people that really know the area. We ended up having one of those out of the blue big nights. But we had a great time, call it an early celebration for Bobbies birthday on Saturday.
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