November 19th, 2007 – by: Jacqinmiddenamerika
Today it's my birthday but unlike last year in Mexico no one is singin' for me, hahaha. Well I just got some congrats over the phone and by sms :-). I started today with the most exclusive breakfast I can order at Marani Hostel. I planned today just doing nothing but only to find an office where I can buy my train ticket to Machu Pichu. After breakfast I walked around Cusco, visiting some churches, looking at people, they looking at me and trying to sell all kinds of different stuff which I totally don't need but it's nice though. It's a bit annoying but also in Cusco
I've got the soroche (altitude sickness). After walking 20 or 30 minutes and if I saw a bench I would sit down for about 15 minutes or so.
You could imagine how relaxed that was. At the first bench a sales woman would come sit next to me. She had alabaster sculpters which were totally cute. She was here in Cusco with her 6 months old baby. I tried to do my best in Spanish, she asked me if my parents were still alive. Well I said yes and explained a bit what they were doing back in Holland. She told me that her father passed away and that she was 23 years old. After buying something I walked further again. Sightseeing Cusco and enjoying the unique buildings. After a while wandering around I saw a park which was attractive to walk around. I sat down at a bench, next to me was a girl heavily in tears. After a while her curiosity overwon and she asked me where I was coming from.
I also asked her where she was coming from and why she was crying in my best Spanish. I turned out that her boyfriend had broken up and also had broken her heart.. Poor girl. She asked me what I did back in Holland. My Spanish thanks to the dictionary even got better through these conversation. After talking to the broken hearted girl I walked further. There was a demonstration of majorettes which was very fun to see. Well you can guess after walking for about 20 minutes I found a bench again. A man around it's 40 came sit next to me. First it was silent but again his curiosity overwon. Well were was I coming from as I was "tres blanco". Well I explained I was from Holland. He was also curious what a ticket would cost from Peru to Holland. I told him that it would be 800 Soles. Afterwards I thought I've must have been miscounting it's much more expensive than 800 Soles :-) Well he was very interested in Holland and asked how we did grow our vegetables because we don't have so much sun all year around. Oh boy how do you explain in Spanish that we've got greenhouses in Holland so we've got all year round fresh vegetables. Again my Spanish dictionary of Lonely planet saved me here but sometimes I used some french words to make me understandable. It was totally fun to speak Spanish so would love to follow lessons in Spanish, maybe in Peru?!