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Cusco Likes & Dislikes

from the family

As we were sitting at a local restaurant waiting for lunch (almuerzo) one day, I took out my notebook and interviewed the kids with some random questions about our time in Cusco so far. I've added answers de Anne y yo, and hope that this gives a little more insight into what we are doing, seeing, and thinking.

What is your favorite food?

Alex: Delicrak (fried "almost popped" corn kernals)
Leah: Tortilla soup
Anne: Lomo Saltado
Noah: Sopa de adobo

What is your favorite drink?

Alex: Jugo Mixto (fresa y plateno y piña = strawberries, bananas, and pineapple)
Leah: Chicha Morada
Anne: Pisco Sour
Noah: Cerveza de Cusqueña

What do you like the most so far?

Alex: Going up the Pachacuteq tower (here's a picture from inside the tower de Pachacuteq)
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Leah: Exploring Cusco (here's a picture of the city from the Pachacuteq tower)
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Anne: The slower pace of Cusco, and meeting many interesting people from all over the world
Noah: Our new apartment in the South American Explorers club (here's a picture of the garden - our apartment is the window on the second floor behind the tree)
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What do you like the least so far?

Alex: Bug bites!
Leah: Car pollution - stinky exhaust!
Anne: Noise pollution - car alarms and horns and fireworks/explosions for all of the fiestas
Noah: Cold showers!

What are you looking forward to the most in the next month?

Alex: Visiting Machu Picchu
Leah: Giving our host family's dog a present
Anne: Visiting Colca Canyon
Noah: Visiting Machu Picchu and climbing Huayna Picchu
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(from BootsnAll)

What have you learned that you are proud of?

Alex: Spanish
Leah: Spanish
Anne: How to order food and shop in Spanish
Noah: Spanish, and how to "be" in a new culture

What do you miss about home the most?

Alex: Zillah (our dog) and playing Minecraft on the computer
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Leah: Same as Alex
Anne: Central Heating
Noah: Hot showers with good water pressure

What is the most interesting thing that you've seen so far?

Alex: Local girls with baby lambs trying to get gringo tourists to pay for pictures
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Leah: People in traditional outfits
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Anne: The way that women have their kids with them all the time - on their backs, at work, etc.
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Noah: Condoms made out of chocolate
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And we'll end with a quote from each of us:

Alex: "I'll walk in front" (Alex doesn't grasp the concept of following...)
Leah: "But, we're surviving..."
Anne: "This is normal!"
Noah: "I don't know what's in this soup, but it tastes good, so I'm gonna eat it"

Posted by noahv 18:16 Archived in Peru Tagged cusco observations thoughts

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Noah, you have my sympathies. I gave up hot showers for Lent a few years ago and it was the most miserable Lenten sacrifice ever.

by Brian O'Rourke

Thanks Brian - I know about Lenten sacrifices, but that is a really tough one...

I am working on a post now that will give the gory details of the showers here - believe me; you will NEVER see a shower like this in the US!

by noahv

Nice blog! Looks like you've already been travelling for quite a while. You're experts by now! I know who to contact when we need advice :)
Keep in touch,
Jocelyn
trailingtopatagonia.blogspot.com

by Jocelyn

Thanks Jocelyn - looks like you have quite the adventure ahead of you! Very excited for you and your family - good luck!

by noahv

Wow! I am loving checking out the blog and seeing what the Van Loens have been up to! So much adventure... love the posting of photos of posters, signs, advertisements.

All is well here in Seattle. We miss you!
Ginny

by Ginny A

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