How astrocartography could change my life!!!!
Trip Start Sep 09, 2010
46Trip End May 28, 2011
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172 Tanda Pata, San Blas
Today I spent most of the day writing postcards quite a time consuming exercise and costly! It costs over one pound per stamp to send a postcard from Peru so with quite a few to send its not cheap so I hope those receiving them will appreciate it! I´m not sure how long they will take to arrive. Some of the souvenir shops have small postboxes apparently mail gets picked once a week and hopefully will arrive within in a month or so, but who knows this is Peru!! Let´s hope you get them before Christmas.
Tuesday 5th October
I went to the South American Explorers Club today which is a short walk away from my hostal. I know the manager Mary and another volunteer Doriswww.saexplorers.org which was set up in 1977 and has clubs in Lima, Buenos Aires, Rio and Quito I believe. It has a large reference library with travel advice for travellers, some accommodation, and puts on social events, a few of which I have attended. So when possible I going to help out on a Monday and a Friday when I´m not teaching in Chinchero. So hopefully this will keep me busy over the next few weeks. Did the afternoon teaching shift at Chichero which went ok. My own personal level of success is that the kids actually turn up so when they do I keep thinking I can´t be that bad! Got a tourist bus back and got chatting to a guy who is a tourist guide and spoke good English. Turned out he had a daughter called Samantha and he was a capricorn so we had a nice chat. He invited me for a coffee, as he said he wanted to practice his English. He was an older Peruvian man married with 2 children but I found out not happily marrried!.....I drank up my coffee quickly and although he was very polite we have yet to exchange emails for those English lesson and don´t expect to anytime soon...
Wednesday 6th October
Went to San Juan Clinca today
Went to the SAE pub quiz which is my major social event of the week...where I actually get to drink alcohol, much to most people´s surprise I have drank very little whilst in Peru. Today would be the most 4 small glasses of red wine....consumed all too easily, but very nice all the same. We came close to wining but boobed on one of the rounds as we´d misread the question so only got 5 out of 10 when we probably should have goty 10 and it was our bonus round. Oh well you can´t win all of the time. Met an English woman in her early 50s who had a Peruvian boyfriend 16 years her junior...she´d been with him 8 years so was pretty serious. She lived and worked in Algeria so was in Cusco every couple of months, she pays for his rent, his daughters education and his divorce....reminded me of what could have been with Alaa....and as she told me about her situation I realised that I was glad that wasn´t me
Thursday 7th October
I had nothing planned for the weekend so thought I´d better book something. Went into a couple of agencies and in the end opted to the cheapest Luna Tours on the main Plaza de Armas. 30 soles each for 2 separate day trips to more inca sites around Cusco. Once I´ve done these I think I will have done all the main tourist sights there are to see around town. Then off to Chichero this time I went to see the Roxana and the other women weavers at 1pm to talk through some copy I´d written for them that I thought would be useful for them to learn to explain the weaving and dying process to tourists. So we sat around for an hour reading it though. I won´t see them for 2 weeks so next time I hope they will have learnt the words and then we can do a dummy run with me pretending to be a tourist and seeing who well they can explain things in English. For the children I did lots of worksheets, on vegetables, kitchen utensils and clothes I think it was probably too much for them, but as I said before difficult to know how to fill 2 hours, and you do need to keep changing activities as they get bored easily and so do I! Had to wait around 10 mins before I managed to flag down a collectivo to take me home. So by the time I did get back to Cusco and walk into the centre it was time to go to the SAE´s Astrocartography evening
Friday 8th October
Met Dan at Cross Keys pub at 11am for my Astrocartography reading. You have to know the exact time you were born for it to be most accurate. I´m almost sure I was born at 2am but for some reason I was thinking 4am. So we actually did two charts just to compare and the earlier one was much more in line with what has happened in my life so far, so we decided to go for 2am as my birth time. Apparently money was quite prominent in one section of the chart...and it says I attract a lot of people...men...but only for my money....ho hum. It also said it was the chart of a writer, communicator and teacher. It´s all been recorded on a mp3 so I need to listen to it again as I can´t remember it all but I am coming up to a ppositive time in my chart...thank god, particularly from March 2011 which will be very spirtual for me. Dan said I was still in limbo at the moment but things will become clearer next year. We then took a look at the map of the world that is produced which highlights planetary lines going through various countries...some positive and some negative.
For me the most positive place in the world to have it all - live, find love and work is wait for it......Australia/New Zealand. The most positive place for love is Bali and Hawaii...other postive places for me are work in or visit are San Francisco, St Petersburg, Beijing and Istanbul. In the UK and Europe there is a big fat nada, nothing, zilcho, no lines of energy at all. This means it is a neutral place for me but one that holds no particular ties, which is perhaps why having moved as far south as I can in England I still don´t feel that settled and am unsure of where I want to live in the country if at all.
Perhaps the chart is telling me to move abroad and I am heading to Bali in March 2011 so watch this space. I´m sure lots of people will think this a load of rubbish, maybe it is. But Peru is actually not the best place for me, according to the chart and lines its a place of conflict and frustration, which I actually think is true to a point. I am enjoying the whole experience, but I could never live in Peru, its definitely not the place for me to live, work or find love. But it is amazing to think I am here, the longer I´m here the more settled I feel and Cusco is becoming home, but once you are off the beaten track and you see the real Peru you see what a hard existence it is for the locals especially those in the mountains. You can see how poor the communities are but they still look happy and I think family is very important to them, but definitely not the life for me. You can actually do your own chart at www.astro.com however you will need someone to explain what all the lines mean, but I think its really interesting.