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.
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.
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!
Yes it is the rainy season so we have been lying low on purpose. It's not all bad news - in reality it only rains for a short period at a time (so far!) and you can generally see the clouds gathering so you know when it is time to duck for cover.
We are settling into life - visiting with friends, doing the grocery shopping, homeschooling, visiting the local parks - and it has been nice for the kids to help them get adjusted to their new environment.
We are in need of a little day trip however just to whet our appetites so we just might look to do a trip to Pisac for a coffee at the Blue Llama towards the end of the month.
When we decided to come to Peru, we had no specific plan in mind. My husband and I figured we would come to Peru to sit in the Plaza and drink coffee and relax wherever and whenever we could. Well we have done that and still intend to do that!
We are contemplating teaching English in Peru for a bit so at this stage we are going to stay in Cusco for another 4 weeks and then will either commence a teaching job here if one arises or look to travel to another part of the country at that time (Chacapoyas has come up in conversation once or twice). But don't quote me on that!
Life can and does happen and with it - changes are possible. We like to go with the flow wherever we can, and while we are loving Cusco, we would enjoy somewhere slightly warmer with more hot water on tap (no pun intended)!
We were a little concerned about the elevation prior to arriving in Cusco but our fears were unfounded.
We were presented with tea to supposedly help with the adjustment upon arrival but am pleased to report that overall none of us were affected.
We experienced none of the nausea that can often accompany the height elevation and the minor tiredness we did experience could be put down to overnight travel with kids more than anything else.
Michelle - traveller, writer, mother, lover and friend.