We had a great holiday week celebrating both holidays in Cusco, Peru. It is New Years Eve and we are getting ready for the big celebration tonight at the Plaza de Armas at midnight. As we are leaving Cusco tomorrow, this has been a bittersweet time....saying goodbye to some good friends. We are excited for the next adventure, but it is always hard to say goodbye to people that we know we will not see for a long time. We do hope to come back to Cusco again, especially for these friendships.
Here are pictures with captions to explain the happenings this week from just before Christmas to today. I shall have to let you know about tonight's events in a few days.
|Finished these earrings for our friend Telma|
|Clothes for baby Jesus. The day before|
Christmas there is a big festival in the center
of Cusco with items for Nativity scenes as
well as garments for Jesus. Tradition
has that one buys new clothes every year.
|Our Christmas tree, llama, creche and gifts|
|Jean-Jacques prepares Christmas eve dinner|
|Christmas eve with friends at Centro Tinku.|
We both spent the afternoon helping to
get ready for this delicious meal.
|The Nativity at the Plaza de Armas|
|The tradition for New Years is to wear|
yellow underwear.We don't know why,
except for good luck
|Our anniversary gifts...yellow underwear|
for good luck.
|A view from the mountain top in the countryside|
|collecting flowers on the hike|
|watching the rain coming in from the top|
of the mountain
|Here we are just before the rain came.|
We hurried down the mountain.
This has been an incredible 4 months and as you all have followed...we had interesting times with friends in all the places we have been - mostly local with some from foreign lands. We both learned much about the cultures of Ecuador and Peru, improved our Spanish, enjoyed our travel together and hope for more adventures to come.
Tomorrow we shall leave for Nasca and will fly over the Nasca lines on Monday afternoon. Then on to Lima and back to San Miguel on Thursday, January 5th. Thanks for traveling with us and our hopes to all for a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR with love from the both of us.