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Visiting the Cusco Market

June 1, 2014
by Virginia Zhang '15

Cusco has been one of the biggest shopping stops for us. Unlike the Amaru Culture Center and Pisac Market, Cusco is filled with people – from tourists to even soldiers! There is a huge military celebration in the central square, where the Catholic Church and cafes are. One of the first sounds we heard when we stepped into the square was the firing of rifles into the air after the raising of the national flag. There was no order of events in the celebration; everything happened at the same time. While soldiers were lining up and marching through the streets, people dressed in traditional Amaru dress were parading and dancing with the marching band. Among all this frenzy, the five of us found the opportunity to attend Catholic mass in the beautiful cathedral, drink a face-sized glass of lemonade, and browse the chocolate museum, and countless alpaca stores. One alpaca store especially made a ton of business from our group (gifts remain anonymous!).

In the evening we took tuk tuks to make and share a dinner at Fielding and Roman's house - potato, tomato, celery and chicken, deep dish style. We're so glad to spend more time with the whole group and family, and for once make our own meal!