We had not graced the Plaza De Armas for quite a while so today we thought we would venture there for a break in our morning routine.
As our apartment is not located near any cupcake stores or bakeries we seemed to be having withdrawal symptoms so decided that our first stop would be our favourite cupcake store Catalina Menta. Once we had had our chocolate fix, we then headed to Jerusalen so I could do a quick book exchange (and I mean quick as my kids aren't exactly patient when it comes to things like this!)
While downtown we browsed a few shops, picked up a couple of bits and pieces and ventured to the Plaza for a bit of "people watching".
Master 3 was seemingly popular today getting a lot of stares and smiles from passerbys and Little Miss 8 was enjoying just hanging out and listening to whatever music is playing on her MP3 player these days.
As the day was sunny and we had no schedule as such, we spent an enjoyable morning just hanging out. Gotta love days like that!
It has been a week of just settling in, doing homeschool lessons and going to the park. We have a couple of parks within a 10-15 minute walk from us which have awesome slides for the kids so we try to go there each morning once Little Miss 8 has finished her schoolwork to give her a break.
As we don't have a television, we decided we had best do another dvd run to the market as we were running out of dvds to watch and I like to mix it up for the kids. I think they have seen Rio about 10 times since we have arrived in Cusco.
The next few weeks will be relatively quiet while we plan our visa run to Bolivia to extend our stay in Peru.
An interesting business scheme popped up onto our horizon but Matt is just weighing up the viable options until we commit to anything. Watch this space!
And even more exciting, the first of our international visitors is cementing some dates to come and see us - although it won't be until the middle of next year. So take this as an open invitation - you are welcome to come and visit us and we are happy to show you the sights. Of course you have to buy your own ticket to Cusco!!
We moved the mattresses into our new abode Peruvian-style (on top of a taxi) and picked up a few odds and ends to make our new apartment liveable. As we are very used to living out of one room due to hotel living, we are somehow able to make do with very little.
The landlords were kind enough to give us a dining table and chairs so as long as we can eat and sleep - we are good to go!
The kids are very happy having their "own space" however for whatever reason they seem to be invading my space A LOT - maybe because they are not so used to being more than a few steps away from me at any given time.
While Little Master 3 does wander into my bedroom on most nights, there has been a couple of nights where he has slept right through in his bed - so this I am very happy about.
And of course Little Miss 8 loves the fact that she close the door on her brother!
The kids are very happy with our local park as it features some very cool looking slides and we are just walking distance from a decent coffee shop and the supermarket. The market is only a cab ride away so as long as I plan all my purchases at once then I can save on the fares which can start to add up after a while.
However this is the part of life I am used to, as my kids never like to walk too far for too long and taking a taxi is just our way of surviving and getting through the day in one piece!
Little Master 3 is happy to hear the airplanes which fly nearby however unfortunately for him our apartment is facing the wrong way and he can't actually see them from here.
There are some viewing seats nearby so we might take him there so he can sit and watch the airplanes arrive and depart - he loves his vehicles and transportation that is for sure!
Matt is very busy working and for 6 out of 7 days starts work at 7.00am - there is NO WAY I could do that but he is used to working crazy hours and gets up far earlier than me on a good day. He is working 7 days a week so getting away for any trips will prove difficult unless it is a half day trip or he takes some extended leave.
I am starting to realise that when people give directions in this city, just up the road or around the corner is not quite as close as you think particularly with 2 kids in tow. Today we went on the hunt for some mattresses for our new apartment and while I was happy for the hunt to take us into previously unchartered territory (namely that of San Sebastian), I wasn't quite prepared for how far we would have to walk.
But to cut a long story short, we have found a place (not the one that everyone was talking about as I feared we would probably have to walk another 10 miles to locate that one) that can supply us with some mattresses. What is particularly amusing is that once we purchase the mattress - they don't actually offer home delivery - we have to hail a taxi and put our mattresses of choice on the roof of the taxi to take them to our destination. I am definitely looking forward to that as it should provide a picture perfect opportunity.
The kids are very happy to have their own rooms next week and have already selected their bedding to go with the new mattresses. And I will be looking for some much needed privacy and peace and quiet so I can relax with all those good books I mentioned in my earlier post.
It was a happy day when I discovered Jerusalen (and no I don't mean Jerusalem as I discovered and visited that city a long time ago!). Jerusalen is an English bookstore in Cusco near to the Plaza de Armas in which you can swap and purchase books which is perfect for an avid reader like me. I don't have many vices but my book reading habit can get quite expensive over time!
The bookstore allows you to swap 2 books for 1 or 1 book plus 8 soles (just over A$3) for 1. That works for me as there are only a limited number of English books sold in the city of Cusco otherwise.
I do know that I can purchase my books electronically but when I work online and am staring at a computer for most of the day, I prefer to curl up in bed with a book rather than an electronic item. Call me old fashioned if you will!
So if you are planning on coming to Peru in the near future - please bring a few choice paperbacks with you (if you can squeeze them into your suitcase) and I will reward you with a personal tour of the city and surrounding areas and maybe even a bed or two!
For the last two days we have been going to the local park near to our hostel on Recoleta and the kids have really enjoyed it. It is big enough to have fun in and keep themselves amused but not too big that they worry about what to do next.
For the first day Little Miss 8 was worried that she wouldn't make friends but after overcoming her shyness, by the second day she was Little Miss Popularity. The kids were all trying to speak to her in Spanish and ask her questions and while she couldn't answer them, that didn't stop them from having a bunch of fun making trains down the slide and having seesaw wars!
I was watching Master 3 and he was babbling away to the poor unsuspecting kids in English not caring whether they understood him or not. It was a funny sight to see!
My guess is that they will want to go back for a play tomorrow.
Michelle - traveller, writer, mother, lover and friend.