The town

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Big Stones everywhere...

I have walked much of town now, my knees are a little sore from the uneven stone work, much like the cobblestone streets and sidewalks of Prague. Many art galleries, with some surprisingly cool modern artwork, not as much of the Inca or native artwork I expected.

Some colorful people in Cuzco. Crazy looking ex-pat hippy dude (maybe British) approached me to ask where I was from, after I told him, he proceeded to offer me pot -- as if my response to his question influenced his follow up. If I would have said that I am from Colombia, would he have offered me some lleyo? No sale. This was yesterday the 11th.

This morning (Jan 12).

Ha, ha, I have stolen your soul with my evil camera.
.. Hangover at 13000 feet just plain sucks... can barely keep may hands from holding a pen to write this down. Yet, last night was great -- Though not in the crazy all night party most trekkers are looking for, but in fact I spent most of my outing at a somewhat high class wine bar on the artsy part of town. Only a few patrons and I sat alone at the bar wanting to try some Peruvian wines. I started to shoot the sh#t with the bartender and waitress and pretty soon it was most of the staff, a couple of their friends and I drinking and discussing politics, the grand canyon, economics and plain old life. Had a great time and many laughs.

Stumbled back to the hotel through the darkest and strangest alleyways I could find, trying in vain to get lost...

My head is going to blow, more coca tea for me but the stuff is just plain awful.

Nightine
I can smell it permeating through my pores, yet I force it down. It does work and I am already feeling better.

I am currently waiting to be picked up for an all -day guided tour of the Sacred Valley. Tomorrow at 3 am, I leave on my 5 day Salkantay trail hike to Machu Picchu. Surely it will kick my ass. I have been given instructions, equipment, maps, times, altitudes... it is the altitudes that worry me. Thankfully they are all in meters, so they don’t look so bad. 4650 m does not sound so tough. Some of the peaks we will be going around, not over, are 6264 m. Pray for me...

Side Note: I have not been able to upload my pictures since the hotel has only an ancient IBM PC which does not have any USB ports. I´ll try to make it into one of the local Internet Cafes to upload later today. Also, sorry for the lousy grammar, local computers only support Spanish grammar checks, I´ll fix later.

Random thought: I see the surrounding mountains, the ruins and the weird glyphic writings on the walls and keep thinking... no, more like the thought of Cthulhu creeps into my mind (see Lovecraft for reference). I keep thinking that Machu Picchu is just the tip of the iceberg as I know they have recently discovered more buried temples and underground passages. Maybe some things should be left buried. Nobody likes it when long and forgotten gods are awakened...

 

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Big Stones everywhere...
Big Stones everywhere...
Ha, ha, I have stolen your soul wi…
Ha, ha, I have stolen your soul w…
Nightine
Nightine
Cusco
photo by: Vlindeke