After our quiet Christmas Day we decided that we would go to Ollantaytambo and just hang out for a couple of days at the Full Moon Lodge, taking in the cafes and restaurants and walking around town.
The scenery in that part of the world is just gorgeous and we always like to visit someplace new to amuse ourselves.
The bus ride is only short - about an hour and a half - so just long enough to feel like a vacation but not too far so they get terribly bored.
The hostel was lovely - the kids enjoyed having some outdoor space and while we didn't do too much over the days we were there - we enjoyed just spending time relaxing and not having to worry about being anywhere or doing anything.
We were disconnected from the world for 3 days and it was lovely! No tv. No phone. No internet. Just heavenly.
We spent a quiet Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at home in Cusco just hanging out and enjoying the peace and quiet. We were all set to go to San Sebastian for the festivities but unfortunately it rained all afternoon so we decided just to stay indoors and make the most of just being at home.
We opted for a no-fuss Christmas this year - minus the Christmas meal - just an eat what you want, do what you want kind of day and it worked well.
I really like that Christmas can be a no-stress time for the whole family.
I went to the post office today for a couple of reasons - to check our PO Box and to send a couple of Christmas cards and postcards. And I am sad to report they are seriously understaffed.
The main post office in Cusco had one person serving - one - and as it is December there is of course an increased number of people sending cards, presents, etc. And of course these people are in the same queue as businesses sending multiple parcels so unfortunately I had to leave before I was served as I had to head home to get the kids ready for their school visit.
Unfortunately the postal system has not proven itself to be secure - they have somehow mislaid 20 of our parcels - which is particularly bad considering those 20 parcels included English books, activity books and colouring books to keep the kids amused over Christmas. I just can't believe how terrible the system is!
It is going to be a lonely week without my wonderful husband here to keep me company. He had to go to Lima to sort out his visas and I am happy for him. I hope he manages to find some time to have a look around or at least seek out a beach or two.
Although we landed in Lima when we arrived in Peru, we only saw the inside of the airport so are hoping at some stage to get there with the whole family. However saying that, there are so many wonderful places to visit in Peru that I am torn as to what will be our next travel destination.
I sent him with the camera and the guidebook and strict instructions to relax and have a good time in between queues at immigration and Interpol. I am extremely envious - 22 hours of peace and quiet on a bus (twice if you count the return journey) - sounds pretty nice from my perspective.
Hurry home Matt!
Michelle - traveller, writer, mother, lover and friend.