Christmas away from home is always hard, you miss time with family, friends, and age old traditions. But having Skype to stay connected to loved ones makes it easier and so does being surrounded by new, like minded friends, good food and new traditions.
This past Christmas we shared with 30 some other travelers and from what we counted, over 10 different nationalities. As a result we had an enormous pot luck and forged some new relationships and had a lot of fun.
We had a full house of bikes and one Christmas bike
A trip to the market was made to get all the trimmings for Christmas dinner. Just not sure what to do with sheep’s heads and noses?
The Christmas Eve tradition in Cusco is a giant craft fair in the Plaza de Armas where you can buy trinkets for the stockings and get everything you need to make your own nativity scene.
Bill (Australia) in the festive mood getting it all on his GoPro (Bill you have to send us a final edit of your footage).
Diego (Argentina) making homemade empanadas!
Mike and Kathy (Perú) making Papas rellenas (mashed potatoes stuffed with beef, carrots, raisins etc.
Billy (Ireland) doing the QA/QC
Simon (Ireland) and Federico (Argentina) cleaning up.
From one end of the table …
The other 1/2 of the group largely representing the Argentinians!
Christmas Dinner – a mixture of curries, empanadas, papas rellenas, candied yams, salad and all other sorts of goodies.
I attended part of mass on Christmas Day, the church was packed.
Not entirely sure of the tradition but hundreds of different types of baby Jesus’ and associated bassinets and clothing can be bought outside the main church. It was explained to me that many people purchase these “dolls” and worship them like their own.
Several different traditional types of dress and dances were on display in the main plaza Christmas Day.
After a wonderful Christmas and a good rest it was time to say our good-byes to new friends and hit the road again. Good-byes were hard but we know we’ll be in touch …
The Ozzies, Left to Right, Lindsay, Dale, Chris and Bill. Great fun!
Leave your camera unattended for a few minutes and you may find these photos when you download your card with these boys around… We’ll make sure to visit in Oz!aWe had waay too much fun with our Ozzie friends.
Jens and Sabine (Germany), Mike and I. Jens and Sabine (have traveled from their home in Germany over to Singapore then started South America in Buenos Aires, and headed north to Ecuador to arrive home int time for the birth of their 1st 2 grandchildren.
Finally it was time to head off. Mike and I, Simon and Olivia and Billy finally said our good-byes and hit the road after a great stay in Cusco, Bolivia bound.
Our wonderful hosts Sr. Fransisco and his brother Victor see us off.
We were only a few hours out of town when Andre, on his way to Puno, ushered us off the road with a special delivery of biscuits from the french bakery in Cusco courtesy of Chris! MUCH APPRECIATED! Wish all our send offs could be like this!