"You want to put your KISS in my pocket?" + TOUR
Trip Start Jan 15, 2010
22Trip End Jun 18, 2010
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The day in the tour bus
until THAT time in the morning!
Saturday night. Went out with Leticia for dinner (Oh, so I just found out the other day that dinner is NOT included in the homestay....hahaa So much for the past 3 weeks of eating at home!...Now I am trying to find cheap places to eat dinner!), and found a place for a 3 course meal for 10 soles or about $3 US. Nice nice!
After, we took a taxi back to my house to pick up Jose, PaolaŽs cousin (who, coincidentally lives UPSTAIRS! ) and Paola and her boyfriend, Kelvin. We ended up going to pre-drink (as before) but this time went to a huge building, open to the outside, with 2 stories, and TONS of people! There were literally hundreds of Cusquenas sitting around wooden tables drinking beer and talking, and I was THE
The boys ordered two huge bottles of beer, and I just knew THIS was going to take a while... haha
The scene was pretty comical, even without me being the only one with blue eyes: Leticia leaning against the wall trying NOT to inhale the smoke, Jose drinking glass after glass of cervesa, and then me getting a cup of beer spilled all over my pant legs! Jose said it was good luck, so we all just went with that.... hhaha.
FINALLY we left to go dancing around 11 or so. First stop Inka Team. Saw our bartender buddies--who love to move their face when youŽre trying to greet them by kissing their cheek so their lips are on yours (DONT love that so much!), and also some friends from school.
The first few hours were basically Paola, Jose, Kelvin, and I dancing in a sort of a rather organic circle form to Single Ladies, I Know You Want Me, and very SURPRISINGLY the Grease soundtrack!!!
ANYWHOO, around 2 am Inka Team got PRETTY crowded, and I asked Jose and his cousin (oh yes, his cousin joined us! ha A LOT of relatives in my family! Everyone is a cousin!) if they wanted to go next door to another place called Mythology. Apparently girls get in free but guys have to pay, so the boys were reluctant at first to go.. but I was CONVINCED I could get them in for free... And I did! Hand holding with the guys while simultaneously smiling at the bouncers will get you far! : )
Here we met MORE cousins haha and this is also where I started dancing more with Jose. Funnily enough we ended up dancing to a lot of the same songs from the other place, but it still was really fun
At the club the dancing continued and continued! At one point I asked what time, and it was 5 am! I was like AHH I have to get up in 2 hours for my Sacred Valley Tour tomorrow morning! I didnt wantttt to go-- Jose and I were quite the dancing partners-- but I feigned responsibility and said we should probablyyyyy go. It was a little wierd that Jose and I were going to the same house, IŽll admit, but off we went, and I got off at the 3rd floor (that sounds like there is an elevator... there definately is not lol) and he went one more up, and then it was Well, Buenos noches! Haha.
I couldnt fall asleep until about 6:30, and soon awoke to my alarm at 7:30
The Day of the Tour
I thought Leticia and I were supposed to meet at the school to catch the tour bus at 8:50 so I texted her to see if she was "awake". She replied, "Yea Im at the school where are you?". APPARENTLY I was supposed to be at the school at 7: 50.... woopsyyy!
Almost (verrryyy almost) curled back into my sleeping bag, but decided I should probably go since I paid for the tour, AND Leticia was counting on me.
Hopped in an unoffical taxi, of course got a slow, unagressive driver, contemplated jumping out and just walking since it would be faster, but finally made it to the school where I handed the taxista what I thought was a 5 sole coin, but was really a 2, and asked for my change quite frantically. He said it was a 2 (a ride costs 2.50) and I said Lo siento, lo siento! and told him I didnt have any more money. Im sure he was anxious for me to get OUT of the taxi, and said it was fine, watching as I tried to pull the buckle of my backpack out of the door where it was appropriately jammed..
No bus at the school.... BUT a guy came running out and asked if I was Lara, and said lets go! WeŽre going to try to catch the bus in a taxi! So back into a taxi I went, trying to hunt down our tour bus! We found one but it was with the Spanish speaking guide, and Leticia was not on it, and I thought, well, thats that. BUT the guy found the other, and VOILA! there was my bus!
Quite the adventure for just having rolled out of bed (i had packed my toothbrush and toothpaste in my backpack!) if I do say so myself.
Anyways, our tour was from 8 until 6 that night, and we visited Pisac, Chincero, and Ollantaytambo. The day included a lot of walking, peeing in a whole in the ground haha, paying to use another bathroom, and taking pictures with sunglasses on to hide the circles from my one hour of sleep! It was really interesting though, especially at Chincero where the indigenous women demonstrated how they used natural plants to dye the alpaca wool many colors. They also explained how they found a substance in cacti that acts like soap, and shampoo!
Later, amidst the clay roofs and women in ancient indigenous clothing, I found myself laughing at the irony of the roll of toilet paper tied to a tree right underneath an energy efficient lightbulb---like by Energy Star : )
All in all the day was pretty great-- listened to a couple who are doing an around the world trip--read: Asia, New Zealand, South America, Africa, etc
Oh and our tour guide was from Cusco but spoke English to our group, and was quite a character as well. At one point I asked (well I was actually just letting him know) if I could go buy some water quickly, and he said No, no time! Lets GOOO! I felt a little like I was in a sheep pack during most of the trip, when he practically herded the group from place to place... Of course thats what you get when you go on a tour with a time table, but it was pretty funny.
Anyways, have included some pictures, maybe Ill be able to get more than 5 up this time... we will see. : )
Miss you all very much, and thanks for reading my blogs!