The Spud Diaries – Entry 14 – Down Streets and Over Squeaky Floors

The Spud Diaries – Entry 14 – Down Streets and Over Squeaky Floors


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LOW DOWN: Just a sample of the stone streets around Cusco.

LOW DOWN: Just a sample of the stone streets around Cusco.

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Sounds and noise add to the atmosphere of a place. In the case of Cusco, firecrackers and floor noises come to mind.

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THE room I'm staying in is classified as a loft, which it is.

It has perhaps one of the squeakiest wooden floors I've ever walked on (see video below).

I pity the people staying below me as it must be annoying to hear the creaking, particularly when I'm going through my Flashdance routine.

It surprises me how easily I get lost walking around Cusco. Then again, considering I struggle to remember which entrance I came out of in a shopping centre back home, it doesn't really.

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There are lots of streets and side streets. Sure, there are plenty of landmarks to go by as well, but I think the gravity of the place overawes me somewhat and I've managed to get lost several times while going to and from the World Potato Congress.

STICKING OUT: Sometimes the old station wagon just isn't long enough to fit everything in properly.

STICKING OUT: Sometimes the old station wagon just isn't long enough to fit everything in properly.

Every now and then, the sounds of explosions echo throughout the town. I hear them first at night and think they are fireworks but there's another round at about 5.30am, so I'm a bit suspect now.

Smart Traveller didn't suggest Cusco was a war zone. Could Bolivia have gotten wind that's it's missing out on culinary tourism from its potato-loving neighbour? Surely not.

Turns out they are just firecrackers (must be big ones though) for various celebrations.

Still, it's a bit disconcerting to hear the noise on an irregular basis. 

BANG: One of the spent firecrackers that echoes over Cusco as part of various celebrations.

BANG: One of the spent firecrackers that echoes over Cusco as part of various celebrations.

It doesn't dull the majesty of the place though.

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  • Ashley Walmsley travelled to Peru with assistance from the Crawford Fund and with financial support from DFAT Council on Australia Latin America Relations.​ 
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