Today we revisited Chinchero. We have not been back since July of last year but with a long list of shopping to do for one of our hostel guests, today was the day.
So there were three - me, Little Miss 9 and one of our guests from Casa Emilia.
The trip was meant to be brief - we left by 9.00 and returned just after midday but we sure packed a lot of stuff into that short period. We caught the local collectivo (minibus) there and back and I must admit by the time I arrived I was feeling a little queasy from the altitude and the bends.
However we arrived at the market safe and sound and did our spot of souvenir shopping. I managed to cross a few things off the shopping list for our Canadian guest although I think Little Miss 9 was the winner as she was in a full-on shopping mood. We were barely there half an hour and she managed to pick up a lovely alpaca scarf, blue bracelet and some woollen gloves (I might just have to borrow that scarf myself one day).
After that Little Miss 9 decided to act as a tour guide and take the two of us down to the ruins. We wandered through rocks and climbed down to the pigs feeding at the bottom (I kid you not!). However I must admit that the walk to the top tired me out somewhat.
Now saying this I try to do a hike with the kids every week and it usually does not bother me, but today it did. It was exceptionally warm however and the climb was very steep but with a few intermittent breaks we made it to the top and back to the bus stop for the return journey home.
Thanks to the wonderful local nature group for kids we have been exploring some lovely areas surrounding Cusco - usually with Little Miss 9 but sometimes with Master 3 as well. Up and down valleys, around the hills, sitting by streams and under trees; this is the Cusco that everyone ought to see but in reality, they probably don't get a chance to do so.
The scenery is breathtaking and relaxing and I enjoy getting out and about away from it all. No telephones. No electronics of any kind. No interruptions. Bliss!
Sometimes it only takes two very special girls to show us how brave and strong we can be as individuals.
Little Miss 9 and her friend climbed the rock near to our hostel and I couldn't have been more proud.
And then, if that were not enough they clambered up over 200 steps to climb the mountain near to us in search of some caves.
Yes they were hot. Yes they were tired. Yes they wanted to give up. But they didn't.
And found the caves they did. Well done girls.
They definitely earned their ice-cream that day.
All in all a good day and the girls came away with a bunch of eucalyptus leaves in preparation for some crafting days ahead.
And I did learn one thing from this little adventure. As much as the view is super amazing from the top of the hills, there is no way I would ever want to live there. I couldn't imagine climbing up that many stairs every day!
Happy Mother's Day from my daughter to me!
This is a song she wrote and sang (with some help and some awesome accompaniment from one of our lodgers). Great job girls!
And what's more, we even managed to sneak away from the hostel for a quiet Mother's Day lunch.
The kids were very well behaved (wonders will never cease) and allowed my husband and I to relax and eat a meal in relative peace.
Life is busy when you have a hostel, a family, work part time and teach. So in reality, something had to give.
I handed in my notice at the kid's school as I just couldn't find the time to commit to their teaching schedule. I found it difficult to plan lessons and when my kids fell ill, it was difficult to find a sitter for them. So with one less thing to do, I can concentrate on the more important things at hand.
I also made the choice to change the school my kids attended to one more local. No more fussing with taxis to school and back. My daughter is the only girl in her class and for a social butterfly, this is difficult for her to deal with. So I have opted to enroll her in the local girl's school near to our home. Yes it will be stricter, yes it will be yet another adjustment for her to make; however she has weighed up the pros and cons and decided that it will be the better choice for her.
For Master 3 I have decided to enroll him in the local daycare only 5 minutes away from our home so this will be another change for him as he is only just starting to adjust to life in a Spanish school and I am not sure how he will go without his big sister being there. We visited his new school and he seems happy for the most part, particularly with the trampoline in the middle of the playground. Sometimes it doesn't take much to keep them happy!
Time will tell.
The kids are enrolled in a Spanish school - I won't say they particularly love it but they don't hate it either. My daughter loves to go to see her friends but hates school (the learning part as a rule). We had the same issue with homeschooling although I am still supplementing when it comes to her education.
My 3 year old is a rebel and isn't a fan either but he goes because his sister goes so for the most part it is a good education in itself - even if they learn nothing.
I am able to monitor them once a week when I go to the school to teach English - once a week is plenty. There is no way I could teach any more than that - I find the process fairly tiring these days.
The kids are cute and all - but 6 classes a week is enough for me.
Friends come and friends go - and the only way to see them off in style is with a Pisco sour or two.
Trying to get the kids outdoors more we have joined a local group dedicated to doing just that.
The kids have had a couple of adventures exploring the surrounding hills of Cusco and today we took ourselves to do a bit of rock climbing on the nearby rock situated to our hostel.
We keep meaning to visit the hills and caves further up the hill but my kids get as far as the rock each time and seem to be content with that for the moment.
Master 3 had at first developed a zombie obsession and then it was followed by an obsession with Michael Jackson's song "Thriller".
Not content with just listening to it once or twice, he listens to it at least 10 times a day and he has even developed a little zombie routine to go with it.
Scary stuff - and to top it off - his second obsession is the song "Staying Alive".
Hmmm this kid is going to be very interesting!
Our gorgeous girl turned 9 this week and we couldn't have been more proud. She is a fun loving, kind hearted creative individual who likes to talk our ears off on a daily basis. And we love her!
Little Miss 9 opted for a pizza party to celebrate the day and we got her favourite cupcake store to make the cake (Monster High of course).
Jewellery kits, jewellery, hats, books, bags and inline skates were the presents given to our girl. She was very lucky indeed!
I can't believe how much time flies - 9 - wow!
And of course we also celebrate my birthday but it generally slips by unnoticed. And that's as it should be!
Happy birthday to you...
Happy birthday to me...
Michelle - traveller, writer, mother, lover and friend.