Sunday.....................Spending time with the host family

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Daniel, second from left, his girlfriend on his left, Roy, Gloria, me + others

I get up about 8:30.  Today is fathers’ day in Peru.  The weather is overcast, like most of yesterday.  After the glorious sunshine of Bolivia, it’s a bit hard to take.  Last night Gloria was telling me that she was cooking a pig.  She said that they go to church at 10:30 and that when they return, the pig is already cooked.  I have decided to have an easy morning, do the blog (in Word, no wifi or internet in the home), download photos and tidy up.  I spend the remainder of the morning doing just that, but when it is 1:30 and they haven’t returned, I’m beginning to wonder if I got something wrong and they’ve gone out for lunch and taken the pig with them.  I certainly can’t smell pig cooking here.  There are about four flights of stairs and their kitchen is almost at the top.  A and M have gone to the market at Pisac with a new girl, Monica, from Australia, and will be away all day.


Just before two I decide to go to my room and get ready to go out for lunch, but then they return home and I’m invited up for dinner.  There is the family of four and also another couple and two girls and Daniel’s girlfriend.  I help to cut the pork, not into slices like in Australia, but messy chunks.  We each get two potatoes with hard skins and yellow potato inside and chunks of pork with a little sauce of some kind.  We eat with our fingers.  There is a spicy tomato sauce on the table; I don’t have any as the pork is already too spicy for me.  There are no vegetables other than potatoes.  We drink Fanta and then a red wine in glasses slightly larger than liqueur glasses.  One bottle between all of us.   We also drink Inka Cola which tastes like Creaming Soda, but is yellow and now made by Coca Cola.  For dessert we have something like cold, sweet stewed apples with cloves in it. 


I don’t leave upstairs until about five, when I go down and talk to the others who’ve returned from their trip to Pisac.  They want to find an internet café so we check out four local ones but they’re all full.  We eat some chips at a nearby café and then return to the house where dinner is served, some soup.  After tea we play sapo with the family and friends; I’m the scorer because of my leg and if I played I’d have to play left handed.  Unfortunately because I’m sitting down all the time, I am freezing cold by the time we finish playing at around 11.  I stand under the shower for ages as it’s the warmest place in the house.


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Daniel, second from left, his girl…
Daniel, second from left, his gir…
photo by: Vlindeke