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September 26, 2004

My weekend

I was exhausted after Manu, but managed to rest up on Friday night and was raring to go this weekend, which was really good. Yesterday I did laundry at the house, and then I made lunch with the mom, Isabel. We made Chupe de Camarones, a really thick, rich shrimp stew, as well as fish with a seafood sauce. It was fun to spend some time in the kitchen, and everything turned out really well!

In the afternoon, I went to a few museums in town, one housed in an old convent and the other a regional art museum. Both were interesting, but I actually preferred the buildings to the art for the most part. I also did a little souvenir browsing. I had plans to buy a sweater here, but I'm learning a lot about differences in quality and such, and can't decide whether to buy a cheap one that I know I'll trash in the next few months or buy a nicer one that will last longer (but also get lots of wear in the next few months). I also checked out a few hostels, looking for a place that my friend Jessica, who arrives on Wednesday, and I can stay once she arrives and I'm done with my homestay. I found a decent place for a good price in a good location, and conducted the entire search in Spanish! I was very proud of myself. I had dinner and drinks with some people from school last night, and we went out to a few discotecas and I didn't get home until 1:30. That's considered an early night in Cusco; maybe I'll find the stamina to stay out later one of these nights.

Today I went with the family to a parade downtown celebrating spring, in which the son, Luis, was participating as a rabbit. It was really cute seeing all the kids dressed up. Then we went to a place for lunch that serves very traditional food, and I had alpaca! It was good, and was kind of a cross between beef and pork. This afternoon I relaxed, then spent a long time composing my jungle update, and again trying and failing to get this whole picture thing sorted out. I'm heading home now for a quiet evening of reading and brushing up on my Spanish before classes resume tomorrow morning. I'm hoping I'll get to continue with the same teacher, but we'll see.

Posted by Amy on September 26, 2004 04:45 PM
Category: Peru

Hey Amy,

My friend Virguit (prounounced beerjit) mentioned that if you're in Lima, you should contact her. She might be able to show you around. Let me know if you'd like her information.

Posted by: amber p on September 30, 2004 11:02 AM
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