Cajamarca, Day 1
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August 20th, 2007 – by: Belluomo
After our tour of Belen, my guide took me to the Cuarto de Rescate, the room where Atahualpa was held before his execution.
In the evening I went to a place called Usha Usha that was recommended in the Lonely Planet guide. It is owned by a locally famous musician called Jaime and he has impromptu evenings of song in his hole-in-the-wall bar. Only wine and hard stuff is available there and I met a group of some miners working for the American Gulf corporation who invited me to share their bottle of Pisco liquor. One of the miners had worked in the U.S. and he told me he had traveled through Cleveland too. He insisted on speaking English even though the others didnâ€™t follow and so I gamely went along. We had some good laughs. Jaime was joined by a German violinist and singer to practice for an upcoming weekend concert and the miner whispered to the German girl that I played violin. She insisted that I play something so I obliged with a few tunes before Jaime reminded them that they needed to get the practice session underway. What followed was a few hours of wonderful music, at first with the girls, and then when they left, just Jaime and his son on â€ścajonâ€ť the drum box that is sat upon while the player hits it with his hands. The small bar was all involved in the music and song and it was an unexpected and lovely evening.
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