A rainbow makes an appearance over the main plaza and church in Cusco, Peru.
As the title indicates these will be sporadic notes…
Current location: Cusco, Peru
Current weather: Raining and on the nippy side
Current aim: adjust to altitude before leaving for the Inca Trail in a few days.
Fun facts that seem oddly stupid: While boarding the airplane from Buenos Aires to Lima on Aerolineas Argentinas, 3 days ago, passengers were allowed to board from both the front and back doors after we were shuttled to the plane. Passengers apparently picked at random which door and those sitting in the front of the aircraft did not necessarily board by the front door, and vice versa, causing some rather entertaining gridlock in the already narrow aisles. I boarded from the front. Seat 14F.
Hostal notes on Loki in Lima: The bar in the hostel provided several examples of the mating rituals of the young human male. Removing shirts, showing off tattoos, asking the female he was trying to impress if she needed another drink. Insisting she did. Smartly, she continued to decline.
I ended up in a room built for 4 beds, but with 6. It was a little cramped. Add a snorer, a car alarm, and various comings and goings and I didn’t sleep all that well the second night in Lima. I’ve decided that wanting and craving sleep is a sign of maturity and wisdom.
Sites: I spent the day in the neighborhood Miraflores. Beautiful houses with arched windows, brick and stucco, white walls, flowering gardens and electrified wire fences above the already towering gates to keep the unwanted out. The view of the beach is spectacular from the cliffs. I also toured the Huaca Pucllama ruins. The Lima people worshiped the sea, therefore women were important, therefore the bodies of the sacrificed they’ve uncovered have all been women. Condensed version of the tour. Worth the 10soles to enter.
Also throughout Miraflores is a cow art exhibition. Artists take a cow statue and create something. My fav is Cowpido or Cow + Cupid = Cowpido in Spanish.
Favorite misc. site thus far: Japanese tourists doing group stretching exercises in the domestic side of the Lima airport.
Currently now in Cusco, Peru. Raining as usual for January. Must by myself a poncho. Paid the final balance on the Inca Trek. Noticed with humor the highest pass that we’ll cover at 13,776ft or 4,200m is also known as Dead Woman’s Pass.
Sleep status: Well rested thanks to the tranquil and lovely Hospedaje Turistico Recoleta.
Altitude sickness level: None I’d say. Had a brief headache yesterday. Drinking water like a fish and therefore using the bathroom every 15min. No alcohol, no heavy food. I did get a dose of reality when I went to walk up to the plaza San Blas yesterday and realized half way up the hill that my heart was trying to escape my body. I stopped and panted on the sidewalk along with the rest of the tourists. Good company.
Ok. Enough update. Next one somewhere along the way.
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