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Trip Start Dec 15, 2008
Trip End Jan 10, 2009

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

I decided to make an impromptu trip back to Cusco for what was supposed to only be three days, but ended up being 5 ;-)

I hate to admit that I actually got sick with "soroche" aka alitude sickness -what a mean, unfortunate experience that was....I walked around Cusco city and saw some beautiful sights, then I tried to be a "trooper" and head out to some of the clubs later in the nigth and regretted it like I've never regretted anything in my life. I went to Mama Afrika which is "the place to be" in Cusco, so I assumed I would have a blast - however, I was annoyed at the fact that the place cost 15 soles to get into, and was packed beyond belief with people, to the point that I couldn't breathe...besides the fact that almost everyone was smoking cigarettes so the only oxygen available was completely sucked out of the room...I left my group to go to the restroom, and made it halfway before I felt the world spinning around me and my face immediately flush. I needed fresh air, but had no idea how I was going to get through the crowd in time. I don't know how I made it to the bathroom. but once I did, I was able to feel slightly human again and well enough to grab my coat and make it outside...I walked to my hostel a little tired, and a lot relieved!!

The next day was a beautiful time in Cusco - I was thankfully no longer sick, so Pamela and I headed out into Cusco city and explored some of the main city. We went to the Inca Museum which was so beautiful yet did a good job of making me resent my spanish ancestors ;-(  We met up with  Beto and her friends in a "local" part of Cusco at a Rodizio restaurant called "El Carbon" that was absolutely excellent and cost us 35 soles for a delicious and incerdibly delicious buffet meat lunch. GOOD TIMES!! I was so relieved to find out that my stomach was now behaving. so....

That night was going to be my last night in cusco (potentially) so I was excited to go out and see the city! however, my cousin ended up getting sick, so she bailed on me!! ;-) It ended up being ok, since it forced me to go out and enjoy the city on my own, so I walked all over the city looking for a place to eat and drink - and found my way back to Incanto off of the Plaza de Armas and had one of the best Pizzas and Pisco Sours of my entire trip! After that, I went to Paddy's a few doors away, out of nostalgia mostly, but ended up meeting a great new friend David while I was there. We had a great time and got to catch up with Lauren - the other bartender, who was so nice and had such an interesting history....

The next day I went back to Pisac - lots of exploring to do for my mom - it was so beautiful the first time that I couldn't leave Cusco without going back again! The Market was incredible! I found everything and everyone I was looking for and then some! As we were leaving, I looked back and realized I could seriously see myself living here and doing this kind of  business for the rest of my life! Then I parted ways with Pamela - she was go go back to Cusco and catch a plane to Lima later that afternoon, and I was to drive into Ollantaytambo and try to meet up with Aiden to catch a 3:00 bull fight!

I made it to Ollantaytambo, thankfully  by 1:00, so plenty of time for the bull fight...found Aiden's hostel and thankfully Aiden himself followed shortly. We decided to relax and grab a bite to eat at a great little spot called Heart's Cafe - Inspiring history of the owner and her calling to this magical land...then head into the center of town to follow the procession down to the bull fight. To say it was magical would be an injustice. We had such a blast! We met so many local folks - all eager to share their local pride and knowledge with us, some even eager to hand us free beer in reference to their appreciation and pride of their town. We appreciated and accepted all of their generosity! ;-)  I showed Aiden around my uncle's hotel - the Pakaritampu, enjoyed a Cuzquena and headed into town for a lovely dinner at KP Tambo - very quaint, cozy restaurant and hostel. I had the best Lomo Saltado of my entire trip...great vibe, great service, great meal, and great company ;-)

After dinner we headed out on the town - assuming there would be a plethora of festivities to choose from, and soon realizing that the locals had taken their festivities up the mountain and away from the main part of town. Aiden and I contemplated making the trek, and decided we were not that brave ;-) We ended up stopping by a quiet little spot closer to the ruins called Quechua Blues Bar Cafe -ironically playing reggae music. Had a beer and chatted with the friendly bartendress who recommended we check out the local "Club". So we headed to the club, ended up making a few friends who all worked for PeruRail and were incredibly generous and very sweet.

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