Im going to take this point in my blog where I spent 2 weeks back in the states visiting family and having an absolute blast at the Lightning in a Bottle music festival to go over a bit of “lessons learned” in the past 3 months of my travel abroad. I had never really done much travel outside of the country besides Mexico and this was my first time getting out in the world on my own and really pushing myself out of my comfort zone so I had (and still have) a lot to learn. I don’t feel like Mexico really counts because everywhere I went in Mexico was so touristy that I never really had to stop speaking English and living in San Diego, we have a pretty good sense of Mexico anyways. (more…)
Arequipa, Cuy, Cocal Canyon then Adios Peru! July 25, 2010
I woke up as we rolled into Arequipa, grateful that we were able to sleep through the journey and would be ready to spend the day exploring. We hopped in a cab and headed to a hostel Jairo found in his guidebook only to find out it was full and were directed to a different place the cab driver recommended. Seemed pretty good so we checked in and paid for two nights.
We were in time for free breakfast so we headed up to the roof and were quite impressed with the amazing view of the snow capped mountains and volcanoes in the distance.While we were relaxing after breakfast Jairo noticed his feet and ankles were abnormally huge. He wasn’t feeling all that great and these weren’t just swollen, it was a case of straight up CANKLES. We didn’t really have much on the agenda for the day so we decided to walk around Arequipa a bit and check out the main attraction in town, Santa Catalina Monastery and explore our options for visiting Cocal Canyon. But first, get to a pharmacy to see if they had something for the bug bites that I believed he was having an allergic reaction to causing his ankles to swell up and making him feel a bit under the weather. (more…)
Cusco and Machu Picchu with Jyro July 24, 2010
We had to drive about 30 minutes to the Peruvian border from the Chilean border and when we got there, the taxi driver had to take my passport for reasons unknown to me, which makes me so nervous every time to not be able to see it at all times. Plus, I was still a bit concerned about the shoes being shoved into the car lining but I was just praying it wasn’t anything more serious than shoe smuggling. We finally made it through and I got my passport back and was dropped off at the bus station in the city right inside Peru. I needed to find a bus to Cusco where Jairo would be arriving that day and I would arrive in the morning after an overnight bus. While I was trying to order breakfast, in walked Mari from Scotland, who I had met in San Pedro de Atacama on the star gazing tour. The timing was perfect since she spoke Spanish and could help me decipher what a good Peruvian breakfast might entail. She was a really cool and friendly girl and exchanged information to possibly meet while I was going to be in Lima before I flew back to the states. (more…)