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Flag of Peru  , Cusco,
Saturday, October 27, 2012

I had a freaking awful sleep last night- The jet lag took a day to catch up to me. I think I got about 2 very disturbed hours of rest, and then I was awake from 3:30. The cars on the streets do not go more than 2 seconds without blowing their stupid horns. Even at 4am. Who the hell are they honking at? I also had an eye (both eyes allergy) to the point they were both so red and sore. I put steroid cream on my eyelids. Says the pharmacist. I then had a full allergy to the pollution which has only just cleared.
I caught a taxi to the airport and while waiting at the departure gate, realised that Cusco certainly appeals to a certain demographic. 95%25 of people were between 45 and 65 ... One lady was even using her walking poles at the airport! Tool lol. So I was questioning whether I would make any friends on the tour. The answer is yes, I will make a friend, 1... Because there is only 1 other person on my trek. Her name is Kate, she is 24 and she is from Australia. But we pick her up on the way as she is not starting in Cusco. At least the pace won't be dictated by the retiree with the walking sticks. Haha. I kid, I kid.
Got a shuttle from the airport in Cusco to Nino's hotel, which is really nice. A colonial style building with a big relaxing courtyard. No horns either! The rooms are named after the orphans the lady adopted.. I am staying in Luis, but I wanted to stay in Julio! I walked into town which is really nice and welcoming. There are a lot if churches, parks and colonial style buildings again. . But the city is surrounded by dilapidated houses and stray dogs. I haven't seen any stray puppies to play with yet. I wandered around the central square and then grabbed a bite from a shop which seemed to have the locals. Nothing more than a burger and shake shop. There are quite a few merchants on the streets that continually approach offering massages or caricatures (an odd mix). I will probably take 1 up after the trek - a massage that is. Lol.
At about 1pm I went on the equivalent of the 'Big Red Bus' around Cusco. Got some great views of the place and the alpaca, which roam the hills freely. I don't want one. They're so ugly.
Finalmente, I came back to the hotel to have a nap. My eyes feel like sandpaper! Tonight I'll grab some dinner then head tithe square again. The bus tour guide said there were fireworks but I didn't understand why. I have a day off tomorrow to explore before my trek on Monday (meet the bus at 4am) yuck. I'll take Dads advice and take it easy. The town is at 3400-3700m elevation. I get puffed so quickly! Hurry up red blood cells - I'm such a nerd. The population in Cusco is half a mil, same as the Gold Coast. Except everything else is completely different to the GC!
Hasta luego.
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Chantelle on

Haha this is awesome, great job Nick! You'd better keep this up, I'm laughing while getting ready for work, definitely a good start to the day. Great to hear you don't want an alpaca, that'd be a bit hard to travel around with after all lol.

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