Each day, I would wake up in the morning and meet John at a wi-fi cafe where we’d settle down with a tea and begin our work. Meanwhile Calina would go to the San Blas or San Pedro market to see her “Juice Lady”.
Juice Ladies: A row of them can be found in any Peruvian market, standing on raised platforms in front of giant mountains of produce. As you pass by they will try to flag you down, eager to liquify anything your heart desires for a few soles. While all of these juice ladies are the same: identical blenders, identical fruits and vegetables, identical glasses and matching lab-coats, people seem to develop a very strong loyalty to “their” juice lady. Our favourite blend was the combinado, a mix of orange, carrot, banana, melon, papaya, mango and (sometimes) aloe vera. To read more about juice ladies check out Jill’s post on Vegan Backpacker.
At noon, we would meet again at the San Blas market to eat at a vegetarian comedor. Here, for 3.50 soles (about a dollar) you get a three course meal that includes a salad, soup, protein dish and herbal drink, with portions generous enough that Calina and I often split one meal.
In the afternoons, Calina would go to her volunteer position with the NGO, Threads of Peru, while John and I worked and Jill blogged. By the end of our stay in Cusco, John and I had setup “offices” all around the city. Our favourite work-friendly wi-fi cafes in Cusco were:
After work we would unwind by heading to the Cultural Center on Carmen Alto for yoga. Our instructor Chaitanya taught us partner poses and helped us become more comfortable with poses like head and hand stands. Chaitanya and his wife Saranagati became our friends and I got a chance to help them with their websites in exchange for free classes.
After yoga, we’d be ready for dinner. Another of our favourite places was “Prasada“, a place we often referred to as the “Vegetarian Hole-in-the-Wall”. This place is tucked into a little corridor just off of Choquechaca right next to the kebab place. Here you can get a delicious vegetarian hamburger, falafel or sandwich with a side of fried noodle chips and a delicious spicy sauce for between three and five soles.
After all this activity, we couldn’t help but crash at 9 p.m. sharp each night, sleeping like babies all the way through until morning.