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It could happen today

Weatherwise, it could happen today. There were clouds in the sky at 8am and the day started distinctly cooler, although has since heated up, but not to yesterday’s level.

The clouds have remained a little.

Last night the forecast gave us hope, predicting rain for Sunday and lower temps. We so need this.

The weekend has started, five days of R & R, well it will be the first R, but the second R remains in doubt, my pay still hasn’t been paid, but I am hopeful that my neighbour will pay me the three past rentals for my garage tonight, he promised last night.

Representative imgage. If they served me beer with that head, I'd have a coronary!

Representative imgage. If they served me beer with that head, I’d have a coronary!

I still haven’t got to the supermarket, too hot; so it looks like my lunch will be a repeat of yesterday’s cheeseboard and beer. I did go out for pizza and beer last night after class, so I am not starving. I won’t fade away just yet… there’s too much of me.

Something is rumbling under the planet. Another volcano has erupted, this time on the island of Java, the most populous, in Indonesia.

The east coast of USA is getting a double dose of extreme cold, and Britain is suffering more flooding. The extremes of cold in the north, and our opposite extremes in the south are making for dismal reading in the news.

At the end of March we are heading into spring in the north and autumn in the southern hemisphere. It all makes me wonder what we’ll be in for when winter arrives here.

Hora de verão (daylight savings, summer time) finish for us tomorrow night. The world can return to normal. I hate this chopping and changing. Just leave the time alone. One thing is that it will be cooler for me to walk to work an hour later, I will have more shade.

I am still avoiding any news of the Winter Olympics. Hooray for me!

Venezuelans are waking up a little. People are tired of rising inflation and basic needs product shortages. Chavez little social experiment is finally coming unstuck, and Maduro can’t fix it; blaming all the countries problems on the opposition instead of looking in the mirror. There’s going to be a very bloody revolution there shortly.

The spectre of the BP oil spill continues. Now we are talking Atlantic and yellow tuna, whose breeding grounds are the Gulf of Mexico, are having heart problems caused by the chemicals used to control the oil spill. Man just can’t leave well enough alone, we are hell bent on destroying the planet.

Soon, I should get ready to go and pay the rent. While I’m out, I will consider dinner somewhere air conditioned with beer.


Sunday Travel Tales

Last weekend was a rough one for me, I got tied up with a job and didn’t get to posting Travel Tales.

Cañon del Colca

You can find Cabanaconde and Chivay here, and the points in between that we visit in today's story, Map courtesy of Rumillaqta Hotel, Chivay

Returning the next morning from Cabanaconde our first stop in the canyon was Cruz del Condor. Here is the deepest part of the canyon, 1.2 kms (3,900ft+/-) deep. Colca is considered the deepest canyon in the world.

By arriving from Cabanaconde our tours were among the first to arrive before the main influx of tourists that stayed overnight in Chivay.

Cruz del Condor

An adult juvenile condor cruising above the canyon. I don't know who to credit for this magnificent photo, if it's yours, please advise

All my photos of the condors have gone or been destroyed, this is the only one here that is not mine.

You can see the sheer majesty of these big birds. They are the heaviest flying bird in he world and have a wingspan approaching four metres (12ft+/-).

They nest in the walls of the canyon, and around 9am – 10am they begin their daily ritual of soaring gracefully out of the canyon on the thermals.

Women from the area sell 'tuna' (prickly pear fruit) and tamales to the tourists

Yes, where there are tourists there are Peruvians making a living. For many it is the first chance they get to try the tuna or fruit of the prickly pear cactus.


The church in the village of Pinchollo

Pinchollo is the poorest village in the canyon due to its agricultural terraces being the narrowest on the steep canyon sides.

Hanging Tombs

Mirador de Choquetico and the Hanging Tombs


The church at Achoma

Achoma was our last port of call before returning to Chivay.

Local cheese

It was near here that we stopped at a small queseria and tasted some of the locally made yoghurt and cheese. You have never tasted anything so delicious, so totally unlike any western supermarket product.

Well, that’s our tale for this week.

NB: Once again, you can see how the ravages of time have taken their toll on my old negatives;

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