Our final night in Cuzco, and another home cooked meal at the house. The scene here is repeated pretty much every evening, except our housemate Kara (Chicago) wasn’t around for dinner tonight.
Too bad, because she missed out in our Malbec wine tasting. The Astica we won on trivia night at Cafe Yanapay, and I bought the other 2008 vintage Argentinian Malbec for comparison.
I really liked the La Consulta (2008 vintage) and we finished the wine while Cade an I helped Neil give an english lesson to Maria (bottom left of first picture above). Maria is a family friend, and she helps keep the house in order for Haydee and also helps Roxanna with the meals. We learned about prepositions and Cade taught Neil a new songs. Neil is a great teacher, and I proved to me the most difficult student in this class.
It was sad saying goodbye to Haydee, who is so kind to open her house up to volunteers and travelers. I think that her spirit is really what drives much of the passion and vision of Yuri, and is obvious the impact she’s had on shaping his life and on Aldea Yanapay.