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.
Michelle - traveller, writer, mother, lover and friend.