Alternative title: Lovely companions in Cusco! People make all the difference; once again I feel lucky and like I made a good decision for myself to come travelling.
Over a week ago now, looking for somewhere to get my strength back and catch up with things, I moved into a little hostel called La Boheme, which feels like it has become my home! I’ve shared a room with Ariane from Switzerland, and between her and Mica from the hostel with their energy and humour, and Georgina, I’ve felt very welcome. Love it when I meet people who so easily put smiles on my face 🙂 There’s always some kind of French or world music playing here in this lounge, and the fire in the evenings has fragrant wood burning, or cinnamon added to the hot ashes which is lovely! It all feels multi-cultural and calming.
It’s in a lovely area of the city called San Blas.
Cusco is very pretty and has a very relaxed atmosphere. It has three main streets that were designed to show the shape of a puma in the city.
Then I’ve also seen some more historical sites on a nice day with Georgina: Qorikancha, the remains of the centre of the Inca world, where a church was subsequently built by the Spaniards (as was often done).
There were a couple of days of disruption that didn’t affect me: a transport strike over fuel prices, and a charity run ending in Plaza de Armas. I spent a quiet day mooching in a small chocolate museum, and I felt excited to go to the Cusco Planetarium! It was the cutest little planetarium I’ve ever seen, well done and interesting, but sadly the sky was cloudy so I couldn’t look through the telescope at the stars and dark Inca constellations. Shame.
And a delightful day with Ariane at 4 ruins, finding out about the different types of ‘llama’, at Tambomachay, Pukapukara (with a sunshiney picnic), Qénqo, and ending in the spectacular Saqsayhuamán! No idea how the Incas built the walls with such enormous rocks. Humans are amazing.
In the bus station buying my ticket for Arequipa, I met a lovely girl from Switzerland, Sophie, and we met up later that night to go to a showcase of local dancing, which was a bit funny but very enjoyable – there were some very simple happy little dances! The performers looked like they were enjoying doing this for a living 🙂