Day 54 – Christmas Day, Wednesday, December 25, 1996
(by Jason Martin)
Being Christmas and all, Jim and I made up and enjoyed a huge breakfast of fresh OJ, eggs, pancakes and coffee. It was outstanding! Proudly wearing my new hand woven Peruvian touque, we headed downtown.
Cusco sits at around 10,000ft above sea level so the tempeature can be quite brisk. I tried sending a fax home to my mum and dad in Canada (wishing them Merry Christmas, and send me some new license plates) but apparently they were in the middle of a huge snow storm, and it had knocked out the power for a 300km radius! Disheartened and frustrated, I went and did the thing I like doing most, I chowed down a Christmas Lunch hamburger.
Later, the 4 of us got together for dinner, walked downtown and discovered a resturant with turkey on the menu!! We were ecstatic. We spent the first 15 minutes standing outside negotiating a price with the waiter.
He started at $35.00 U.S. No no no we said. We came forward with an offer of $15 a head. finally settling on a price of $20. Excited and hungry we sat down to feast. After all that, garcon returns to tell us, “we are sold out of turkey, but have pork chops and bb«qued weasles availab Jim and I spent some time bartering for some Peruvian artifacts, bought a sweater, socks, and he picked up a scarf. Cheap like borsh.
Christmas Breakfest – Boy were we missing home!