Saturday.......................A better kind of homestay

Cusco Travel Blog

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Living room Cusco

 

Last night I slept with lots of warm clothing on as there’s no heating in the bedroom.    Have breakfast with A and M and around 11 we go to watch the teachers and some of the students play volleyball.  Both A and M play.  At 1 pm we return home; Daniel also played volleyball for the last quarter and he drives us back.  I find the driving much scarier here as there is less traffic and so more room for speeding.  Lunch is served, first cerviche, which is kingfish and octopus with lots of juice, mainly lemon, but with too much chilli for me.  It is served with lettuce and a some baked sweet potato.  Then there is fish soup, which is very fishy and neither A nor M have it.  The third course is boiled rice and crumbed chicken, more like what I am used to.

Dining area Cusco
  After lunch the three of us get a taxi into the FairPlay office.  NS3, AUD1.10.  I meet John, with whom I’ve corresponded for some time regarding my arrangements with FairPlay. 

 

I then walk towards the main square and buy four rechargeable batteries NS65, AUD23.83.  Close by I see another store which sells batteries.  I see the ones that I wanted, two for NS23, AUD8.45.  Think I got ripped off by the first shop, so will compare prices from now on.  There are many more shops here than anywhere else I’ve been and nearly all catering for tourists.  I suspect prices will be much higher here than in Bolivia.  I’m always been asked to buy something or come into a particular restaurant.

Students and teachers playing volleyball
  The main plaza and surrounding buildings of Cusco are absolutely beautiful but it’s getting dark and I can take photos another day.

 

I had asked John where I could go to have something to eat and use wifi.  He suggested The Real McCoys.  I was a bit put off by the name; obviously a gringo place, but decide that it’s the best idea.  Although dinner is included in the accommodation price, lunch is the main meal of the day, so you just get something heated up if you’re home for tea.  Also I want to use wifi to update my blog etc.  I find the restaurant, unfortunately it’s a smoking place.  The customers are nearly all in their 20s, certainly no-one anywhere near my age.  I cannot connect to the wifi, only have limited access, although the signal is excellent.

Marjolein (centre) and Allison (right) playing ball with local boy
  They call the expert, he doesn’t know why but kindly offers me his puter.  As everything is on my puter, I decide that isn’t going to work.  After at least ¾ hour when I’m still baffled, I try changing the password.  I was given rcmo1.  I try rcm zero 1.  Bingo!  The manager comes up to me later and is pleased that I’m on line.  I ask him for the password, just to check, and he says rcm zero 1.  I’d already told the waiter who had originally given me the password, that it appears to be is a zero, not o, so other customers won’t have a problem.  So now everybody’s happy.  The menu is in English, how boring, but I have a very nice roast lamb, gravy and mint sauce sandwich, two pisco sours and a Sprite.  10% service fee is added, making a total of NS36, AUD13.20.  I leave mainly because there’s smoking everywhere and it isn’t very pleasant.

 

I catch a taxi back to the home.  NS3.  Gloria knocks on my door and comes and talks to me for a while, hugs me and kisses me goodnight.
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Living room Cusco
Living room Cusco
Dining area Cusco
Dining area Cusco
Students and teachers playing voll…
Students and teachers playing vol…
Marjolein (centre) and Allison (ri…
Marjolein (centre) and Allison (r…
l-r. me, Allison, Marjolein
l-r. me, Allison, Marjolein
Street in Cusco
Street in Cusco
Cusco
photo by: Vlindeke