Ian & Claire's Adventure
Cusco We've been in Cusco on and off for a couple of weeks and we're now just killing off a few days until we do Macchu Picchu. Its still cold but we've found a few favourite restaurants to keep warm in and to get some tasty food. To treat ourselves we tens to gravitate towards Jack's cafe for breakfast. They do a great full breakfast called a Gordo's run by an Australian woman. To keep warm at night we seem to end up in the Bagdad Cafe over looking the Plaza Des Armas. They do a decent large coffee and even better Lasagne baked in the large clay pizza oven in the corner. On a saturday night an excellent local band come in so play a few tunes. Its probably the best traditional music we have heard with the usual pan pipes and tiny guitars. They really do show up the sincere lack of musical ability that we have been subjected to . In particular the use of drums and brass bands which they seem to need to show off every day in the square for some festival or march. The marching in the square is hilarious. They are completely out of time although they take it very seriously and the instruments sounds like kazoo's. After spending the first few nights in Suecia 1 ( a bit smelly and very cold, but friendly, expensive condidering there were no double beds or private bathrooms). We've ended up in a little known place called La Pasada del Vaijero recomended to us by Nicholas at Manu. Cheers Nick. Its an odd little place that doesn't seem quite finished with the usual dodgy electrics but its cheap, has nice rooms and new bathrooms and as an added bonus and a little gas stove outside with a kettle and cups. We've warmed outselves each night with a nice cup of Winters Cocoa made by our own hands. We recomend that you add loads of sugar and 50% milk powder ( for some reason from new zealand). We've discovered the best places to go in the evenings are the Irish bars. One in particular has a great atmosphere although its full of other gringo's but its a decent place to watch the copa america which is on at the moment. We have to watch some footy considering the poor Euro results. Again we've spent a few of our days wandering in and out of the art and craft shops (of which there are many) , particularly up towards San Blas.