Guinea no eat that

Trip Start Aug 18, 2014
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Flag of Peru  , Cusco,
Monday, November 3, 2014

Of all the options available for going to machu picchu iv decided to go for the 2 days 1 night option. Time is not on my side just now and if i want to do other things i cant really do a 4 day trek. To be honest im not even sure what is on the actual trek to see, and i dont want to do the jungle trek as really its just the same as the two day one night option but with add ons for water rafting and biking. Just booked this from the our desk in the hostel for ease and at the end of the day all im really interested in is Machu Picchu itself anyway. I got a shock at how much even just the bus to the nearest town to agua calientes then train to machu picchu with an entry ticket and one night in a hostel then return was. Things are fallen back into place and my next move is gonna be get the Bolivia hop bus to La Paz on friday.

At the front desk of the hostel there was lots of leaflets and flyers advertising things in the area. One was for a peruvian cookin class so i think after the trip to machu picchu ill do that, im dying to learn to make ceviche. Another thing that had an advertisement was the free walking tour which started at 12:15 from the main plaza. Thought that since i had just spent a fortune i would be aswell doing something thats free and get to see cusco at the same time without wondering around aimlessly for hours.

Im glad i done the tour as i got to see alot of the old town of Cusco and learnt alot of things along the way. A couple of which iv listed below.

Cuscos old name was qosqo which in quechua means center, in the jungle there is still 76 dialects of the language spoken. The town is also shaped as a puma which is one of the three special gods of the Incas, the other two being the Snake and the Condor. The three of these is like Christianitys Father, Son and holy Spirit. Machu Picchu is also in the shape of the Condor, this is pretty crazy and no one knows how they done this without an aerial view of the land.....ALIENS!!! Lake titikaka is also shaped as a Puma, and on a certain day the way the sunshines on it the lake looks golden. The word titikaka means golden puma. How could they call it that and know it looked like that from the ground? Visions from Iowaska or ALIENS!!!

At its peak the Incan civilization spanned from south Colombia to Northern Argentina all down the Andes which is the same as from Spain to Russia to give you a feel of the distance.

Back home if im to go to my mums for tea no matter what it is she cooks (oven cooked though) it is always going to come with some form of tatties. My mums got the face of an incan with that nose they have so iv always suspected her of being from somewhere there, this was backed up on the walking tour when the guide told me south america has 4000 types of tatties!!!

There was alot more but most were just about how the spanish basically built lots of churches and messed up the Incas etc so i wont harp on about that. We also went in past the tour guides mates house who made his own instruments. He even had a donkey jaw as an instrument haha.

It had been a while since i had facetimed that horrible excuse of a man Stephen so thought id give him a shout, it wouldnt work so had to set up skype. Took a while as i couldnt remember my log in or password. After speakin absolute shite to him for a while i done the same with mum dad and abbie which was good.

Yet another flyer i had picked up from the front desk was one for an indian restaraunte called Korma Sutra which advertised tandoori grilled Guinea pig. Im gaggin for an indian and also want to try Guinea pig so thats where im headed for dinner! A canadian called Sarah who i had just spoken to for 10 minutes ended up joining me and we headed there. Its pretty cool how when your travelling you can just do that, go have dinner with a complete stranger and it not feel weird in the slightest. Guinea pig is really good, cant quite describe the taste but i would definately have it again. Im glad the way they presented it in the restaraunte was alot nice than on the street where it just looks like a massive leathery hairless rat. Sarah had been shopping earlier and bought some crystals, something i dont have a clue about but she gave me a moon stone which is pretty cool.

The streets of cusco are filled with shops all mostly selling the same things, hats and llama teddys. Night time in Cusco is pretty nippy so i bought myself a hat for £4 which is a bargain. Saw some pan pipes and know how stephen loves random shite to clutter his flat with so got him a set, fingers crossed they make it to Dubai!
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