Day 303: Cusco, Peru
I arrived in Cusco a few days ago and the hostel told me they were looking for people to work the bar.
Plus I couldn’t refuse the perks:
- free room
- free breakfast and lunch
- one free drink a day plus 30% off the bar (crucial)
- ridiculously cheap laundry
So besides the opportunity to perfect my pisco sour skills by adding a passion fruit pisco sour to my arsenal I’ve learned a few other things in a short time:
1) There’s a whole lotta lovin’ on the sly
Girls: sleeping with guys who work/own the hostel is like sleeping with a bartender. Sure he’s hot, fun and it’s a story to tell your girlfriends but don’t think that you’re the first or the last. He does not think you are special or different.
There will be someone else when you move on, or in all likelihood while you’re still there.
2) Backpackers are inconsiderate pigs
So this is one of the best travel jobs I’ve had. I’ve worked a few breakfast shifts where we offer hot drinks, bread and jam. People: I do not want to unwrap the intricate tea bag web you’ve woven around your tea cup.
I also don’t want to clean up the banana peels or watermelon rind and maybe if you spill your marmite all over the table you could wipe it up yourself?
And while we’re at it, you have to walk by me before leaving, would it kill you to drop your dirty dishes at the bar like everyone else?
3) Spanish in Chile and Argentina is very difficult
The hostel wanted English speakers but there are a whole lot of Argentineans and Chileans here that speak very little English.
It’s good because I’ve learned words like ash tray and matches but do I ever have a long way to go if I wanted to work in a place where English isn’t so welcomed.
Both nationalities seem to speak very quickly and while I thought I knew I lot of Spanish I now feel as though I know only a little.
Tomorrow I start Spanish tutoring.
4) It’s a great way to meet some really wonderful people
It’s not all chaos and drama, the permanent hostel staff are so nice, my boss is fantastic and I’ve met so many more people – especially the Argentineans and Chileans.
I may work here a week or two to explore Cusco and I have a feeling it will be anything but boring.