And so it ends...

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My dream man. He is happy. He is outdoorsy. And best of all, he will never talk back.

Well, one thing you can depend on when you are traveling is that you can´t depend on anything. We have actually been pretty lucky so far with only a few minor bus break downs here and there. But last night, as we were preparing to take an overnight bus to Lima so we can catch our flight home tomorrow, we found out that there is a huge labor strike on now which meant that no buses were running in or out of Cuso last night. We were also told that the chances of getting a bus today were slim and we might be looking at taking a flight for $100 more. Our hostel is booked for tonight and when Chris went to talk to the hostel manager, Sergio, he said if we couldn´t find a way out of Cusco today we could stay at his house for cheap.

Plaza de Armas in Cusco.
Tempting. But we were lucky. We found a bus that leaves Cusco today at 6pm and will head out to Lima tonight. Unfortunately this means we will have no time in Lima to look around or to meet up with a friend I met on this site. I was really looking forward to meeting her. Instead we will cruise into Lima, hang around for a couple of hours and then head right home. Oh well. It all worked out.

So there is only one thing you can do when you are stuck in a city because of a labor strike. And that is go out dancing. So that´s what Chris and I did last night. After a day of site seeing, visiting churches and walking around Cusco neighborhoods. We ended our stay here in Cusco with a night out and many drinks. I am feeling a little hazy today and tired.

This morning we came out of our hostel to a very quiet city.

Inca stonework wall still standing in San Blas neighborhood in Cusco.
Cusco is usually bustling and teeming with people and cars. You can practically hear the heartbeat of the city. But the labor strike means that only a handful of shops and restaurants are open and we were hard pressed to find a taxi to take us to the bus terminal to get bus tickets. And when we did find a cab, he charged us 10 soles for a ride that should have cost us 2. But since he pretty much had a monopoly going on taxi service today, we had to pay the 10. That is actually only $3.50, but still...

We spent the morning getting ready to leave and watching the labor strike demonstrators while we had breakfast. I took pictures of the strikers, but for some reason my pictures turned out blue. Oh well. It is a pretty peaceful demonstration and from what I gather it is only a one day strike.

Climbing up the hill in San Blas.
My five years of French are absolutely worthless here. Why, oh why didn´t I take Spanish? At any rate, from the stilted conversations we have had with our hostel manager, the strike is national and should be over at the end of the day. I wish I knew what they were striking for. Oh well.

And so ends my Peru trip. I am going to miss Cusco. I have grown pretty fond of it and of our hostel, Hostel Rojas, and of Sergio, the hostel manager. I told him I would miss him. I am very sure he will miss me too. Ha.

I had an awesome time here. I can´t say it was the most relaxing vacation. I worked hard. Lots of hiking. But it was absolutely worth it. And I would definitely do it all again if I had the chance.

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My dream man. He is happy. He is o…
My dream man. He is happy. He is …
Plaza de Armas in Cusco.
Plaza de Armas in Cusco.
Inca stonework wall still standing…
Inca stonework wall still standin…
Climbing up the hill in San Blas.
Climbing up the hill in San Blas.
San Blas overlooking Cusco
San Blas overlooking Cusco
San Blas
San Blas
Chris takes a break for beer.
Chris takes a break for beer.
Since my grasp on the Spanish lang…
Since my grasp on the Spanish lan…
Labor strike demonstration in Cusc…
Labor strike demonstration in Cus…
Strikers in Cusco.
Strikers in Cusco.
Police suited up in riot gear look…
Police suited up in riot gear loo…
Labor Strike
Labor Strike
Labor strike in Cusco
Labor strike in Cusco
Labor Strike in Cusco.
Labor Strike in Cusco.
Cusco
photo by: Vlindeke