Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Some new developments...

It’s been a while since I wrote anything and I figured with the recent developments taken place over here I should update you. I’ve been looking for some work over the past few weeks and things starting looking up about 8 days ago. The same day that I moved into more permanent accommodation I was offered a job by the manager of a travellers’ clubhouse (South American Explorers) where I have been hanging out lately. She had been trying to recruit an assistant manager for a few months now, but was unable get someone to commit to a minimum of 6 months until I came along. I had mentioned in passing that I was looking for something to do here in Cuzco and a few days later she offered me the job (I guess sitting on your butt just playing on the net can get you somewhere – LOL). Seriously though I’m looking forward to getting started there as I think it’s going to be a good opportunity to get some different experience and gain some new skills. Another development is that a language school I approached a few weeks back is interested in having me join them next month too. Fortunately, their classes are mostly after hours, so I’m hoping to juggle both jobs.

Other than that, there really isn’t much else to report that is out of the ordinary. I have been taking life easy for the last while and just enjoying life in Cuzco. A few days ago while walking home I had one of those this-is-my-life moments. I was walking along the road and for some reason stopped and just looked at the hills surrounding Cuzco. It was like waking up to the realisation that I’m in South America, in Cuzco all over again. I used to have those moments regularly in London too, when I would step back and be a bit amazed at where life has taken me. Last week, I was looking at some pictures taken around this time 2 years ago and there is such a huge contrast between my present and where I was then that I doubt I would have believed it if someone had told me that I’d be here in just 2 short years. I know that it’s so easy to take things and life for granted, but when I have those moments I realise once again how fortunate I am to live the life I am living, not to mention that I have my health etc…

Anyway, that’s all from me for now… As I sit here I’m thinking of the slogan used on the Nissan TV commercials a few years ago (I’m not sure if they still use it) – Life’s a journey, enjoy the ride…

¡Hasta luego!

Friday, October 5, 2007

The heart of the matter…

In my last blog I mentioned that I ate at an open air market here in Cuzco, well just last night I went to a church home group with some local friends and then went out for a bite to eat afterwards. I had heard about the kebabs that are served in local eateries, including the ones made with the meat from a cow’s heart. I was invited to try it and I have to say that it was really tender and quite enjoyable. Fortunately, the dodgy stomach that plagued me in Arequipa a few weeks ago has not shown up again so I have been able to really embrace the culinary experience of the locals - these friends are still trying to get me to try the roasted cuy (guinea pig) but I have not gone that far yet. If/when that does happen I’ll let you know if it lives up to all the hype.

Other than that there‘s not much to report other than I hope to be moving into an apartment in the next few days. It‘ll be a bit cheaper and getting there will not be as tiring as the uphill hike I have to deal with at the moment.

Anyway, I hope you‘re doing well… that‘s all from me for now…
¡Hasta luego!