Stairways can go up to heaven.( Tests your cardiac output devastatingly quickly and effectively. Remember, this is one small section of the climb to the top!)
These stairs also take you to where the locals BBQ, on a hill overlooking Cusco. The same place we had the Inti Raymi picnic last Friday.
Building a BBQ is complex. Peat-like dried clods are collected, an arch using them is made over a dug out area and finally, an oven for roasting potatoes and much more is ready.
Overlooking this area are three nicely decorated wooden crosses. Above them is a white, concrete, Christ. Naturally all are higher than the paddock of BBQers. And all overlook all llamas and the town of Cusco. 😊
An impressive part of it is its terraces, something I’ll see a lot more of in a week, when my trip to Machu Picchu starts.
As you walk along the narrow road, back down the hill, it’s surprising to see newly placed turf on the side, protected by a couple of strands of barbed wire. Walking on the grass is not permitted here, on the hill or in the Plaza de Armas. Signs in both places make comments such as ‘no dogs’ ‘it’s for us all’ etc.
After going up stairs you have to go down. The main hill in the old part of Cusco is bisected multiple times by sets of stairs. To say they are steep is unnecessary. (Seriously, they are not as bad as those going up! Well, um ……).
Well, with one exception. As I walked down one hill, past a woman sitting soaping clothes in a basin of water, a moggie jumped out of a hanging structure, above her. She told me it was the cat’s hammock. Puss wasn’t going to get back in while I watched but I reckon, for a cat, it was a McMansion equivalent. Safe above the fray, and the many local dogs.!
Even those of a very small size are well catered.
School again next week. Fours hours a day with D. She made continuing with Mundo Antiguo worthwhile. Hard work but generally lots of (often) silly fun.
The outcome: it helps make possible conversations with a range of people around town, today alone, from the cat’s owner to an old woman knitting hats as she sat with an older woman selling various woollen items.