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6.10.10: Cusco, Peru

Cusco Day Dos

Today I woke up, ate breakfast at the hostel and headed out into town. The first stop of the day was the mueseum of precolumbian-era art which was pretty interesting. Lots of pots, carvings, war staffs, stilver and gold, with a special section dedicated to erotic vases, which was, of course, the highlight.

Went to the Mercado Central (central market) which was amazing!!!! So many people had set up booths with everything from fruits and veggies, to cuy (guinea pig) and chicken, different grains and spices, alpaca fur and more.
It was one of the coolest things I´ve ever experienced. I bought a coconut and they punched a hole in the top and put a straw in it for me to drink right there and after I was finished they threw it on the ground, cracking it apart so I could eat the coconut inside.
Max got a plate of pork, beans, potatoes and veggies from a street vendor and we had fresh fruit juice that was squeezed right in front of me. Two whole glasses each for about 40 cents! Beats the hell outta Jamba Juice!
We shopped for gifts and postcards, grabbed a bite to eat, drank some inca cola (peruvians version of cream soda)
and headed out to the Plaza De Armas and, unexpectedly, ran into a street festival. Turns out it was the festival of Corpus Cristi.

The streets were filled with people and floats of different patron saints. It was pretty neat.

We came back to the hostel, drank some coca tea, relaxed and read a little on the balcony as the sun set over cusco.

Then we set out for dinner.. intent on eating some traditional cuy (guinea pig). We ordered a glass of cabernet, had a chicken and herb stuffed avocado for an appitizer and waited for our cuy.

It came out looking just like you would expect fried guinea pig to look like.... not very appitizing.
I dont like my food to have a face and I kept thinking that he was just staring at me...judging me. But I showed him who´s boss.

The meat tasted like pork and was pretty good but there was not a lot of it, mostly bones. I wasnt thrilled and couldn´t get over him looking at me like a savage. But I tried it.. yay me! Went to a cool little bar after dinner, had the national Peruvian drink, Pisco Sour (Pisco is grape brandy), which was alright and passed out.

Posted by emichele 09:20 Archived in Peru

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