June 13th, 2011
Second week of classes of the Amouta School. Our classmates were the same but we had different teachers. One of my new teachers is Patty and I like her a lot. We engaged in a lot of conversation today and it was great. We talked a lot about the recent election in Peru and Patty gave some fascinating personal insight into the situation. She revealed to us that she was worried about Ollanta’s victory and that she may be planning to move to Brazil in the near future to avoid any potential downfall Peru may have under it’s newly elected president.
After class we paid for a 5 sole cab ride to take us to the supposed best cuyeria in Cusco so that the boys and Brielle could try guinea pig for the first time. The view from the restaurant was incredible and we could looked out over Cusco. Everyone ordered cuy and I asked for a salad, but the man who worked there looked at me and said, no we only serve cuy. I was a bit confused, but it turns out the restaurant legitimately only serves cuy. Lucky me though, we brought me out a plate of onions with some vinegar on them for lunch… yum? At the sight of her cuy, Brielle freaked and couldn’t eat it. It definitely was a sight. The man brought them out on plates and you could see there little teeth so clearly. The boys tore into the little fried bodies and began searching for the organs, getting super excited when they found something and then holding the entrails out on a fork to display their findings. I’ve seen enough guinea pig hearts, brains, and livers to last me for the rest of my life, thank you very much.
After our interesting lunch (for all since we were either consuming an American household pet, our a plate of raw onions) we had a cabs take us back to San Pedro market to get the amazing juices they make there before we had to meet up with the group for another museum tour at the old house of Garcilaso, the most famous Mestizo. This means the person has one Spanish parent and one native Peruvian parent. Garcilaso’s father was a Spanish army captain and his mother was an Incan princess. Garcilaso was famous for recording Peru’s history.
After the tour we unveiled our plan to Monica about the 4 day Inca jungle trek we wanted to take and had been planning for two weeks. Brielle had even prepared a power point. We were not expecting Monica to agree with the plan, but Monica seemed thrilled with the idea and said it was definitely possible, we just needed to get our details straight. We could not have been more excited.
We had to meet at Amouta for a film, but before that Brielle, Syeda, Andrew, Klev, and I went to Inka Café for some dinner. I adore this place because they have the most delicious vegetable dishes in Peru. The movie we watched at Amouta was about terrorism during the Shining Path movement in Peru and it was very eye opening. It was resonating with me because one of my professors at Amouta was telling us stories about how she lived through these exact events and witnessed these tragedies happening.
After the movie we headed to Indigo for some hookah and good times.