The day before his birthday Zeke had a tooth pulled; the day after he was stung by a bee in downtown Cusco (not mentioned in the “Dangers & Annoyances” section of the Lonely Planet Peru guide). Those were still good days, but March 9th was better.
We’re not really foodies, but after month in the small town of Ollantaytambo we have pretty well tried all the food options. A week spent in Cusco meant a chance for ethnic food. In the days leading up to Zeke’s birthday we had pizza (which, OK, you can get anywhere), huevos rancheros, udon noodles, and burritos.
We are already heavily loaded, so gifts for Zeke were small, and we decided to celebrate mostly with good food.
Lunch was cheese & avocado sandwiches with banana, recovering from a big breakfast and readying for supper.
Zeke has been doing well. A friend of ours invited him to be on a local soccer team, and so that is keeping us close to Ollantaytambo on Saturdays. He has been missing friends, but as I write this he and Anna are hanging out in the hostel with a friend from the team. There is much laughter from the living room. Still, he is looking forward to coming home – just three months from now.