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Chapter 8: Northern Chile Chapter 8: Northern Chile Wednesday, April 14 I now travelled up the Panamericana Route 5 to Antofagasta.  The bus then climbed Route 25, reaching Calama at sunrise.  Throngs of workers soon began filling the city streets.  … Continue reading

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Chapter 9:  Arequipa, Peru Chapter 9:  Arequipa, Peru Until the age of 18 I never went on holiday.  There was a short stay at my Nain’s farm back in the late 1970s, but that was less than a mile from … Continue reading

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Chapter 10: First impressions of Cusco Wednesday, April 28                                                                … Continue reading

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Chapter 11: Language classes in Cusco Monday, May 3 Clear skies led to a cold night in my top floor room.  I could have done with another blanket.  I began my Spanish classes at the FairPlay School at 10am.  It … Continue reading

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Chapter 12:  Cold Cusco Nights Monday, May 10 A subdued sense overcame me and I appeared peaky.  I soon perked up as Ana ran through irregular verbs.  There were letter changes like Welsh language mutations.  With Lourdes I walked down … Continue reading

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Chapter 13: Home Stay in Cusco Monday, May 17 John called Lourdes to come and meet me at the house for lessons.  Over breakfast I further acquainted myself with two ladies from New York State, Liz and Sue.  They were … Continue reading

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Chapter 14:  Machu Picchu Monday, May 24 After such a strange, cold, and dreamy night I was up for breakfast at 7.15am.  Rosa, with her big smile, welcomed me back to the house.  I wanted to play some guitar but … Continue reading

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    Chapter 15:  Health and Hospital Monday, June 7 It was great to have Cameron visiting me in Cusco.  Since his departure I felt quite subdued and a little desolate.  My return to class rewarded me with a big … Continue reading

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Chapter 16:  Boleto Turistico Del Cusco Monday, June 14 It was a late night of loud, thumping music and dogs barking outside the hostel.  I still managed to sleep though.  My dreams were quite bizarre but drifted beyond memory as … Continue reading

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Chapter 17:  Inti Raymi Winter Solstice Fesitival of the Sun Monday, June 21 Since Cameron’s departure, my hospital stay and the end of my FairPlay classes, I felt a little lonely, with a few pangs for home.  My stomach still … Continue reading

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