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Settling In, Staying Warm and Shopping in Cuzco, Peru

by Marco Guzman, Greenheart Travel Language School Student in Cuczco, Peru

Notes about Cuzco: The exchange rate is about 2.75 sol = $1.00 US

View from language school

This is the view from my school…

I had my first Spanish class yesterday and my second one today.  We have two professors; a man from 8:30 am – 10:30 am, then a short break and then a lady until 12:30 pm.  I really liked the guy yesterday, but they switched teachers on us to another guy.  I really like the lady.  She has a really bubbly personality.


I take a taxi with two other students living in the house in the mornings. It cost us about 5 sol which is about $2 US for a 10 min ride.  It is cold everywhere…none of the buildings have heat.  When I get in the shower in the morning I can see my breath…I shiver while showering under lukewarm water.  In the house I wear layers of clothes.  I do the same to sleep as well….even wear my new hat.


There are two maids in my host family home. Fortunata lives at the house and Serefina comes to help. They constantly giggle at me…not sure why.  They are maybe 4.5 ft tall…maybe! They cook all the meals. I eat breakfast and lunch with my family.  When I get out of class at 12:30 pm, I walk about 10 minutes through the main plaza, Plaza de Armas, to catch the bus, the Rapido line or, and I kid you not, the Batman line

The bus is crowded and they are more vans then buses.  A man stands at the door which flies open as the pull up the stop while he yells for people to get on and off.  The bus pulls away as quickly as it pulled in.  It costs .70 sol.  Much cheaper and almost as fast as the taxi.  I prefer the bus so far since I live on a main street, and it stops right in front of the house.  And since my school is right next to the main plaza the bus stops there as well.

Today I went to the market, Mega Supermercado.  Bought some fruit, forgot to weigh it so the lady ran off with my fruit to go weight it as I got some not so friendly looks from the people behind me.  After I tried to buy some bread from a different counter on the way out.  I’m pretty sure I asked for one piece of bread, like a small roll…but somehow I got about 7… ?  … 7 rolls and a pastel con chocolate cost me about 2.5 sol…so about 1 dollar.  Time for some homework.


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