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Lil Dave and I were up at 9 am on November 22, 2012.  Ivan was up early at 6 am. 

We used the internet and I worked on the blog before heading out at noon.  It was a warm day out.

Ivan and I went shopping for things we still need for the Inca Trail trip starting tomorrow.  We bought panchos and socks.

It was time for lunch, so we went to Greens Organic which is a vegetarian restaurant.  Ivan and I shared a quinoa soup and a mango smoothie.  Lil Dave got a banana and chicken sandwich.  Ivan and I got a campesino sandwich with goat cheese, arugula, tomato confit, artichokes, grilled zucchini, caramelized onions and a quinoa hummus which was simply delicious.

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We shopped around the main square buying medicine, toothpaste and clothes.  Cusco is supposed to be a backpackers city, but we couldn’t find any bookstores selling English novels.  The stores did sell English books on Inca Trail, but not everybody wants to read about that.  We only found one little store selling English novels.

Cusco is easy to walk around.  Calle Saphi where our hotel is located is under construction, but part of it is a cute street with balconies filled with shops and restaurants.

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At 3 pm, we went back to the hotel.  We packed up our duffel bags with our sleeping bag, mat, clothes and toiletries.  The weight limit is 7 kg (15.4 lbs).  Ivan and I also packed up our daypacks.

It’s Thanksgiving in the USA today.  The only place that I know of that has a turkey dinner is The Real McCoy.  Ivan and I don’t eat turkey though. 

We went to Bambu – Sushi and Noodle Bar for dinner. 

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We started off with a lovely fusion salad with mango, cranberry sauce, onions, apples and flat noodles.   Ivan and I also shared thin noodles with salmon and a Nutty Indonesian noodle dish.  The noodle dishes were okay, not that exciting in flavor.

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Hasselhoff Chat Show

Lil Dave went to meet up with his Uncle MacDave on August 21, 2012 to hang out and see his show The Monkey with Banana on his Face (similar to The Boy with Tape on his Face – I wonder who copied who?!).

We walked around the Royal Mile and saw more performance art advertising shows around the Fringe Festival.

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I went to get a haircut.  The lady really got into cutting my hair like she was competing for best Edinburgh hairdresser of the year.  I think the haircut took 30 minutes.  I got my hair short again since with the layers my hair looks really full.  I think I’m going to keep it short for awhile.

We rushed to The Tim Vine Chat Show.  We love Tim Vine who’s known for his quick one-liners and puns. 

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I think he was testing out a game show where he’s a chat show host.  Everybody filled out a paper at the beginning where they stated what they did for a living and an interesting story.  We didn’t fill one out since we didn’t want to be chosen. 

Tim Vine told some awesome jokes.. he’s hilarious!! He even talked to us since we were sat in the front row.  The Chat Show was 4 guests from the audience with interesting jobs (well, some of them were) like a movie promoter?? who’s promoted such movies like Batman?.  The Chat Show part was alright… I prefer Tim’s comedy show instead.  I’m glad we got lots of jokes still.

We had lunch at Italiano on the Mound again.  The roasted vegetables on ciabatta is the best sandwich for sure – I think the pesto makes it! 

Ivan and I did souvenir shopping.

Later, we went to see An Evening with David Hasselhoff.  David Hasselhoff is weirdly really popular in Germany for his singing.  I’m not really sure why though.  He sang a lot of songs like some song from Les Miserables that I bet nobody knew and too many love songs that he sings.  The Germans were getting into it.  It was a rather odd show… there was limbo where people go low and people from the audience joined it.  I didn’t know what to expect with the show.. but it wasn’t as good as I thought it would be.

For dinner, we went to our favorite vegetarian restaurant in Edinburgh, David Bann. 

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Ivan and I shared tofu, mushroom ravioli, goats cheese salad and a lovely orange cake for dessert.  The wine was a lovely Viognier Trivento Tirbue from Argentina again – it went well with the ravioli.

Next, we went to check out another Fringe show this time a ventriloquist named Nina Conti.  She’s been around for years.  She was amazing and her characters were all very different.  She even took of the clothes of one of her characters which was odd since seeing it without any clothes on made me think of Cabbage Patch dolls.. the puppets looked similar.  I loved the character Monkey and her grandpa was very funny as well.

Our last show of the evening was a play called Wrecked.  This show we saw being advertised on the stages on the Royal Mile.  This play was about a kid who’s dad comes back into his life after a long time since he was in jail.  He was always told that his dad committed a robbery a long time ago, but later we find out it his crime was much more sinister. 

The kid thinks his dad is cool, but things go wrong one day… when his dad almost beats a Muslim to death when he finds out that the guy did his son wrong. 

The crime of the dad was that he raped a little girl… also, he sexually abused his daughter and beat up his mom.  The kid thinks his mom died of cancer, but it really was that she got beaten up so much. 

It escalates when he has to help out his dad get out of a fix and he realizes that his dad is only looking out for himself when he doesn’t save him from a bad guy who wants to get revenge from his twin sister getting raped years ago. 

This play was AMAZING!! Wow, the story was very unique and the acting was brilliant.  I’m so glad we got to see this play and it was definitely the best show we’ve seen at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

We found out that our friend Jo was coming to the Fringe Festival from London for one day with his two friends.  Ivan and I thought it was strange because there’s lots to do in Edinburgh and one day isn’t enough especially since they were driving 7 hours each way.  Also, Jo doesn’t really like theatre.. so we weren’t sure what he was going to see.  Ivan thought he might be seeing an Indian play since Jo is Indian (Indian as in from Indian apposed to American Indians). 

Ivan texted Jo earlier, but Jo never texted us back.  We figured maybe he was sleeping after the long drive.  We wanted to meet up with him for dinner, but he never got back to us.  Ivan knew that his friends were going to see a play at Space… so, we decided to go there after our last show to see if Jo ended up going to that show with his friends.  We really wanted to see him since we probably won’t be able to see him for years (since he’s moving to Copenhagen, plus we’re not sure if he’ll be able to travel to Las Vegas to see us since his wife was born in India… we’re not sure how easy it would be for her to get a visa to come to America). 

Ivan and I waited outside in the courtyard and had a cider.  We saw Jo exit the Space theatre with his two friends.. but he didn’t see us.  So, Ivan and I thought we should secretly follow him.  Jo was chatting awhile with his friends just standing there.. finally, they started walking and we followed suit.  They stopped at another place while Ivan and I hid behind a fence.  So far they still hadn’t spotted us.  Ivan thought I should go up to them and beg for money in a British accent.  I’ve been trying to talk in an English accent since I don’t like my American accent (which is boring)… also, I don’t want our kids growing up with a weird sounding American and British accent.. believe me, I’ve heard a similar combination being Australian and American and it sounded rather odd.

So, I pulled my fuchsia hood over my head (to cover my head) and went over to Jo and his friends.  I said “Can you spare some change?” in an accent that I thought sounded British.  I held out my hand to all his friends first.  Jo said “Oy!” and grabbed my hand since he recognized my voice.  I said “Why are you grabbing me?” and ran off.  I wasn’t sure if Ivan saw this.  I tried to hide in case Jo came running after me.  I saw Ivan pop his head around the fence.  I motioned for him to come my way.  He put his hood over his head and walked towards me.  I told him what happened.  He left and went to talk to Jo.  I was still in hiding.  I came out and we started chatting to Jo and his friends Fish (obviously Fish is a nickname… although it did look like he ate A LOT of fish.. hence the nickname?! Probably not…)and Sunil.  I asked Jo why he didn’t chase after me. 

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He said he knew our tricks and that we’d be there to chat with him soon. 

It was great seeing Jo again since the last time we saw him was in London a few months back.. and we thought we wouldn’t see him for a long, long time.

Ivan chatted with Fish and Sunil while I chatted with Jo.  I got on a cow and didn’t think I should be on it.. so we quickly took a picture.

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I asked Jo a few questions about his recent marriage in India.  It was an arranged marriage (as opposed to disarranged marriage which is just chaos!).  He’s going to be moving to Copenhagen soon and his wife will be coming over in a month and a half.  I’m happy that he’s married now… I bet he’s going to be a dad really soon.  He’s definitely one of the friends who I wished lived in Vegas… we always have fun together.

Credits: Tim Vine Chat Show photo

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Clockwork Intentions

Ivan, Lil Dave and I had lunch at Italiano on the Mound again on August 20, 2012.  Ivan and I each had the tasty roasted vegetables with pesto on ciabatta.  Lil Dave had a banana and peanut butter sandwich (yup, Elvis’ favorite sandwich!).  We got the VIP seats for once which is located right in front of the window which is perfect for 2 people and of course people watching.

Next, we went to see our first Fringe show of the day.  It was the play A Clockwork Orange

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It was based on the movie by Stanley Kubrick.  It was really quite good.. just like the movie with some dancing.  The actors were talented.  Ivan’s never seen the movie, but I thought it gave a good interpretation of it.  I saw a kid in the audience which I thought was odd.. since it’s very violent and disturbing just like the movie.

Ivan thought we should stop for a soup… so we had tomato soup at Circus Bistro.

We walked along the Royal Mile and there’s always stuff going on.  People promoting their shows with weird performance artists and stages where singers or actors promote their cool show.  It’s great to find cool shows this way.

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We did a bit of shopping at Primark.  I bought a few things, but didn’t go crazy like I did the other day.

It was time for the play Oh, the Humanity and Other Good Intentions.  It was six 10 minute plays.  There was a coach who had an awkward confession to make (can’t even remember what it was), a spokeswoman for an airline who doesn’t quite know what to say after one of the planes crashes, a man and woman who want to fall in love – think they’re recording their ad for a dating service, one where the audience was recreating a picture from history.. so we had to act natural.  It was really weird and in my opinion pretty pointless.  A lot of people liked it from the comments I heard afterwards.  Ivan and I thought it was really odd.  Ivan read that it got good reviews.. but I’m not really sure why the play got the good reviews since it wasn’t very good.

Ivan, Lil Dave and I went to dinner at the lovely vegetarian restaurant David Bann again.  Lil Dave got a banana ravioli dish with a banana salad. 

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Ivan and I shared basil and mint soup, Thai fritters, mushroom & basil ravioli with tomato and basil soup and goats cheese salad with beets and raspberries.  It was another delicious meal enjoyed with a great red Argentinian wine.

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Kemble’s Blackbird

On August 19, 2012, Ivan and I left at 1:15 pm.  Lil Dave was going on a tour with his Uncle MacDave who lives in Edinburgh.  He’s doing a show at the Fringe Festival.

We had lunch at a great place called Italiano on the Mound.  Ivan and I both got tuna, egg mayo and anchovies on a baguette which was quite tasty.  I also tried the local soft drink called Irn Bru. 

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It was a bit odd tasting and tasted like orange soda. 

Our first show was Sarah Jones: Does Not Play Well With Others.  Sarah is an Australian ventriloquist.  Sarah Jones is just starting out it seems… I did see her lips move.  She was funny, but I’ve definitely seen better ventriloquists like Ron Lucas or Paul Zerdin who’ve been around for a very long time.

We went to the post office to mail postcards and packages.  Unfortunately, their system was down so we couldn’t send the packages then.

It was time for another Fringe show.  This time it was Kemble’s Riot.  This play is about a man named Kemble and his sister during the Renaissance period.  They’re both actors and are enjoying success at one of the theatres.  Unfortunately, a fire occurs and burns down the theatre .  There’s two actors in the audience who talk during the play. 

Kemble and his sister decide to gather people to help out financially and build a beautiful new theatre.  The theatre raises the amount of the theatre tickets.  There’s a man on the right side of us who’s outraged of the new ticket price while the lady right behind us says they have to charge since they built this lovely theatre.  The angry man gathers supporters of people in the audience.  The man says “What do we want?” The new supporters chant “Old Prices”  The man says “When do we want it?” The audience replies “NOW”.  Our side was getting annoyed.  Ivan said the man should shut up.  The lady gets us to start clapping and say “We love you Kemble.  We do.”

This was an interesting play to see how people can be swayed when a group of supporters or rioters gathers.  Kemble is cocky and will not back down and lower the prices since he has lots of debt towards the theatre.  Towards the end, the group goes to Kemble’s house to protest.  Our side has now joined the rioters. 

Ivan and I went back to the post office to send off our packages.  

It started raining really hard and we wanted to go somewhere to relax.  So, we went to our favorite café Hunt & Darton for some tea. 

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I love this quirky little café.  The owners remembered us and wondered what word we were doing for our project (project will be done after our trip ends). 

Next, we went to an office for a site-specific play.  We each got a visitor’s badge and told that Ray would be with us shortly.  A few minutes later, it was time to head to the lunch room in the office.  It was filthy with trash strewn around everywhere like it was a boy’s college dorm room.  There weren’t two seats available in the front, but there was one and Ivan said I should sit there.  I would rather sit by him, but it’s always nice to be close to the action – plus, I’m really short so it’s easier to see in the front row.

The play we saw is called Blackbird.  It’s about a girl who goes to see the man who raped her 10 years ago when she was 12 years old.  You start to feel like the girl Una is bugging him about his life when he just wants to forget about it.  The man, Ray,  served time in jail for his crime.  He has somebody and she knows about his crime.

You find out that the two were actually in love.  They went away to a city nearby and the man goes out to buy some candy.  He doesn’t come back right away and Una thinks that he abandoned her there since their situation wasn’t a good one.  She tries to find him around town and tells people that she was looking for her dad and describing him.  She ends up calling her parents because she thinks he’s abandoned her.  We find out that he didn’t leave her and that it was a big misunderstanding. 

This was a very powerful play which you felt really awkward at times since you felt the tension. 

At one point, you hear somebody come to find Ray.  It turns out to be a young girl in a school outfit.  Your heart seems to stop when you realize it’s a school girl and he might be doing it again.  The girl is his wife’s daughter.  The girl keeps wanting to stay with him while he finishes up, but he keeps telling her to leave.  Una thinks that he might be doing it all over again.  What an amazing play.  Very well done with some great acting. The fact that the play was set in an office, and we were literally sat in an office, made it even more powerful. It was almost as if it was real, as there was no stage,  and no theatre lighting – it was as if we were voyeurs on a real situation.

We went to the Henderson’s Bistro for dinner.  It was really bad service and the food wasn’t very good at all.  The waiter was rude and he forgot to bring the wine.  Also, the wine was written as lentil and potato on the board.. but they didn’t have that and just brought us a tomato & aubergine soup.  If they ran out of the soup of the day, they should have changed it on the board. The soup came with some sorry excuse for a pate. 

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We also had the vegetarian haggis which didn’t have much flavor.  I had the smallest salad ever which had weird lettuce (the kind that looks like branches of a tree – no idea of the name).  I would definitely try to avoid this place.

It was time for our last show at The Famous Spiegeltent.  The show La Clique Royal was in a tent.  It looked like the Spiegeltent in Las Vegas for the show Absinthe.  I bet Absinthe copied this Spiegeltent in Edinburgh.  The Queen of England (or at least a guy dressed as her) introduced the acts – She was really funny. Other acts included a hot guy doing acrobatics, a burlesque who showed her tits and milk squirted out of them (too funny and unexpected) and Michelangelo the Balkan Elvis.  It was a very fun and entertaining show.

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