a lie in till 7 today seems a novelty. we are then took on a bus to catch another bus as is the norm here. we were told last night the the local miners are striking over government reforms for them to need to be registered, they have no problems with this as such but want heatlhcare in return if they pay more taxes. this meant that our bus might not leave or even arrive, so we sat at the bus station in anticipation of what might come. the bus did arrive and we duely set off out of puno, well we got a about 5 minutes away and then we saw them. there must have been 10s of 1000s of minors coming down the hill from Julliaca. setting off firecrackers, chanting. we stood their watching in amazement really for 3 1/2 hrs before we finally managed to leave.
the bus journey was similar to the Arriquipa night bus. the drivers were daring and i got the front seat again to catch all the action as it happened. we went through some lovely mountain towns and seemed to pass inummerable dogs in the middle of nowhere.
when we got to Cuzco it was dark(we were 3 hrs late), though once you got to the centre you could see how pretty it was, it had been the Inca captial nd then the spanish had come and put their stamp on it. i knew we would like it here. after putting our bags in we went off in seach of dinner ( ihadnt eaten in 7 hrs which for uk was strange nevermind peru). so wehen we saw an chinese (chifa) we jumped at it. BIG mistake, the food which arrived was shocking and in over an hour and a half, only 3 peoples mains had arrived. so we all left and paid for our starters, and headed to McDonalds(trust me you would have aswell). some of us then hit some local .