Yes, up here in the Peruvian Andes, I was today privileged to cheer on the Hammers, courtesy of an unlikely Irish pub showing Fox TV, as they beat the mighty Arsenal. Maybe it´s more than just bubbles after all and we´ll stay up despite everything. I´m expecting the good people of Cusco to turn out in their thousands tonight to celebrate, as they did on our first night here when the local team beat Boca Juniors. Since then the mood has grown a bit more sombre as various Madonnas and huge, bloody replicas of Jesus on the cross are carried through the streets for Semana Santa.
As you may have gathered, this is being written by an imposter and isn´t really tim and alison´s latest blog posting at all. Where are all the usual beautiful pictures for a start? Since we last wrote , it´s true, a good two weeks have passed and we have meanwhile passed through Chile (v. briefly) and Bolivia (for long enough to know it was very hard work) , so it´s more than time for an update. But for various reasons -- such as it being too cold to type and there tending to be powercuts whenever we try to download pix -- we thought we would just put all the south american countries together and do them in comfort when we´re staying with hal and lorna in lima next week.
So you´ll just have to be patient (if there are any of you left out there, that is, apart from the hardworking halski, Chief Commentator for both us and the FT)..... and imagine us as we finally head off on our inca trail on monday, going up and over a 14,000 ft pass next day and hopefully discovering macchu pichu in all its glory as dawn breaks on thursday. Yes, after much uncertainty and some very strange peruvian xrays, the doctor has passed alison´s foot fit for walking... with the aid of a stick, which should also come in handy for dealing with angry mules, snakes etc, and for swinging us thru the trees as we ford yet another tributary of the amazon.
Anyway, now you know where to send out the search parties if you don´t hear from us again.
But fear not, you will hear from us again and when you do as i say it´ll be a bumper edition, complete with titillation from lake titicaca with its famous male knitters AND full details of the winner of the Most Awful Hotel of the Trip So Far competition...