Wednesday, January 9, 2008

The Festive Season in Cusco...

For the second time in my life I spent the festive season away from everything that is familiar and everything that I knew growing up. This festive season was slightly less eventful in some ways, yet at the same time to a large extent I have become less than a fan of the yuletide madness/chaos/festivities or whatever you want to call it...

That said I had a great lunch with some of the people I work with and some of the members of the travellers club where I work. That was on the 24th and on Christmas Day I chilled at home and watched TV, just waiting for the madness to pass. There are various reasons for my lack of love for all the yuletide madness, but this is not the time or place to go into all that...

New Year was a different kettle of fish though. As I counted the last few minutes of my work day on the 31st (it ends at 5pm) South Africa was counting down the last few minutes of 2007 (SA-time is 7 hours ahead of Peru-time). It almost made me wanted to be back there, but like I said in a previous posting I don't feel my heart is in Cape Town or South Africa at the moment. That was followed by a number of foreigners in town getting together to toast the new year in our respective countries (there were people from England, Spain and Uruguay in the group). We ended up on the main square (the Plaza de Armas) around midnight to welcome in the new year with fireworks and people running around the plaza. As occasionally happens on the weekend we then headed to a local club where we let our hair down on the dance floor until the long day caught up with us and we headed home for bed...

It was a good end to an eventful year and while I was both amused and bemused at times during 2007 I am looking to 2008 with quite a bit of expectation...


So to anyone reading this, all the best in 2008!