jueves, 28 de enero de 2010

"And the people did feast upon the lambs and sloths, and carp and anchovies, and orangutans and breakfast cereals, and fruit-bats and large chu..."

Ok, so we're back in Pisac now. The river has decided to not be so vicious and the hill has stopped falling all over the road and the river has also stopped running all over the road. It has actually been a quite decent day today. When we got up in the morning it was actually quite nicve and we even stood on the balcony in the school and had a good sun for a few mins before our lessons started. It is quite remarkable how quickly time has passed. It is strange to think that we have passed the half way mark on this project and that tomorrow I will have been here for 3 weeks. I find it rather strange.
I'm sorry to everyone that the only photo that i've put up is of a depressingly broken bridge, but I haven't been able to add any of my own phots yet. (the bridge one was Ashley's). As soon as I am able to put some photos on here and on facebook I will. In the mean time you can always go and look at the photos that other people have posted of me in peru. There are about 7 of them on facebook in perui and there is also the rest of all the albums.

I promise that I'll put some on when I can.

The food here is absolutely awesome. Especially over the last few days when we have been cooking for ourselves. Yesterday we had a bit of a vegetable feast as what we get at home can be a bit Carb heavy. Imagine Chicken and rice and chips and the offer of bread. That's 3 carbs per meaty unit! but we are eating it and it is really yummy and so welcome after a long day trying to tell people that you can't say "they are a teachers"(believe me someone did ay that yesterday in a lesson)
Saturday is going to the day of our glorious return to The Bluer Llama for the all you can eat pancakes. I have a strange feeling that this may become a regular feature of Saturday mornings although I don't think that we are going to be able to keep up the level of pancake eating that we managed last week. Only time will tell!

miércoles, 27 de enero de 2010

"There is a tide in the affairs of men which taken at the flood leads on to greater things"

We are in Cusco at the moment just chilling after a day of hard work and lesson preparation. At the moment we are staying in the Projects abroad office in Cusco which is also the director's house. There are 4 of us from Pisac who are staying ther and we are having an awesome time. It's like having a giant sleepover for a whole week. The intention at the moment is to go back to Pisac for the weekend although the whole rain and flooding episode has rather scuppered our plans to go to Machu Picchu this weekend. One of ashley's students said "maybe you'll be able to go in May". We'll just have to keep our fingers crossed that we can go sooner.

The picture below is of the bridge in Pisac it is the reason that we have to stay in Cusco. to get in there are 3 options:
1 Go across the bridge and drive direct to Cusco. (the bridge is shut so you can't do this.)
2 Walk over a little foot bridge just outside Pisac and walk back to the main road where you can pick up a bus to Cusco. (this is VERY expensive at the moment)
3 Take the long route round going via Calca and Urubamba and Chinchero (you can't drive from Calca to Urubamba at the moment so that plan goes out of the window as well.)

Then to throw another spanner in the works, the road itself is shut every morning so they can clear the rocks that fell in the night.

So we decided to move to Cusco. I think that you'll agree it was the best thing to do.

lunes, 25 de enero de 2010

"Water, Water, Everywhere"

Hi everyone. This is just a quick note to tell you all about what is going on in the Cusco region at the moment. Basically there is some really heavy rain at the moment and it is having some pretty severe effects on the rivers. Inclusive of the one that runs through the sacred valley. I want to set out at this point the I AM OK. everything is absolutely fine with my family and they are looking after us well. Also we are going to stay in Cusco for the rest of the week so that it doesn´t take us 2 hours to get from Pisac to the teaching placement like it did this morning. The main problems are with the roads and the bridges so we are moved to Cusco for the weeks so that we are able to get to our lessons on time.

sábado, 23 de enero de 2010

“A road map always tells you everything except how to refold it”

This is a map of the Sacred Valley so that all you who don´t know what i am talking about can get a better idea of the lie of the land

"Hello muddah, Hello fadah, here I am at Camp Granada"

Hi everyone.
This is the first thing i am going to write on the blog.
it isn´t going to be hugely interesting as i am feeling very full after an all you can eat pancake blowout at one of the cafes in Pisac. Pisac is the place where i live by the way.
Yup it is the weekend and we are having a relaxing time after the Salsa lesson yesterday and the pancakes this morning.
All in all I am having an absolutely awesome time here in Peru. I´m sorry to have to say it but i actually don´t have huge homesickness moments. i didn´t really thinki that i would but it was just there in my mind that i might find it quite hard to deal with the being away from home thing.
So that is it for the moment. i told you it wouldn´t be very interesting. Feel free to comment on any of the stuff that i write here.
See you all soon