Cusco, Peru, November 19, 2017
What a nice slow day! Vipke and I went shopping! Our first stop was at a shop selling retablo-
It's Peruvian folk art. The scene is in a wooden shadow box and the people inside are made from a mix of plaster and cooked potato. I bought a small one but didn't take a picture and it's bubble wrapped and will stay that way until I get home-
Afterwards we went to a boot shop where I ordered some made to fit boots - hope they do. The guy drew my foot but I have a lot of trouble finding comfortable shoes. My left foot is a 41 and my right foot a 41.5 so.... I also bought a silver ring which needs to be sized. Again I forgot to take pictures. I booked a trip on Tuesday to Rainbow Mountain. It's another hike but I won't be making that mistake again. I can rent a horse to take me up!
In La Plaza des Armas is a fountain of a shining gold Inka warrior. He's only been there since 2011 and has created a lot of discussion about whether or not he belongs there. Some say he's pointing up the hill to a large cross, others that he's pointing to Sacsaywaman, also up the hill-
Lunch was ceviche in the San Pedro Mercado where the African Saint Martinez also 'lives'. In 1650, he wanted to be a Dominican monk- only problem was he was a mulato! The Dominicans weren't going to allow a black man into their order so they let him clean the monastery. He is responsible for many miracles and is always portrayed with a broom in his hand which is unfortunately hard to see in this picture-
Llama foetus are offered to Pachamama as an offering for good health. They hang in the mercado-
6 people left for the Amazon for 4 days and more are leaving tomorrow. I'm not going there nor to Machu Picchu because I did that in 2014 when I was here with an EF group from NBCHS. Still, I need to do something so I think I will go to Sacsaywaman tomorrow and maybe a couple other ruins.