Okay, so Wednesday night I packed very very late at night. I wasn't going to go to bed at all, but then I decided I should probably get at least a little bit of sleep since I was heading to Cusco, which is approximately 11,100 feet above sea level and oxygen deprived. I thought this sleep thing would be a good idea, but of course it wasn't. For me, I would rather stay up all night then wake up early and clearly I proved that to myself when I woke up late. I'm sure by now you're not surprised by me waking up late. Luckily, I was all packed, showered, and ready to go out the door, so I grabbed my bag and left my house just in time to catch a cab with two other girls from my program. Oh by the way this was all at like 3:50 a.m. When we got to the airport (at 4:25 a.m.) we checked into Star Perú airlines and then headed to Starbucks. I got a banana muffin and also I talked myself into getting a Frappuccino even though I dislike coffee. Well although I thought this action would help my body it was a terrible idea!! I think my body was rejecting the high amounts of caffeine and/or the fact that I got little amounts of sleep, so before I even got on the plane I wasn't feeling well. I got through security okay with my big bottles of liquid, razor, etc. Apparently it's not a big deal to have those things on domestic flights, which is kind of scary, but so much less of a nuisance at the same time. I did get my aerosol hair spray taken away from me though, so I guess some things matter. Anyway, besides my head and stomach hurting the 1 1/2 hour plane ride was still good. Again, better then my flight here (got free food and drinks). :) Anyway, we landed okay and the actual landing part was probably the smoothest landing I've ever had, but the part right before the landing was probably the scariest. You know how usually planes gradually descend...yeah, that didn't happen. We pretty much just angled forward straight down and then we had to take a sharp u-turn to the runway. I was almost positive that we were going to run into a mountain between the descending and turning. Oh, by the way, this was my first flight where I walked/bused to and from the plane so that was new. Oh and the first time I was under the wing.. The following pictures are so you understand the ridiculous cloud coverage in Lima..
|Outside of Lima|
|Way outside of Lima...Cusco!|
After the nap, some of us went out to a great and cheap restaurant in Cusco! We got a salad, soup, entree, dessert, and a drink for 10 soles (that's $3.64!). The juice was de maracuya (passion fruit) too, which was amazing. Finally I took some pictures of my food..yay!!
|Dieta de pollo|
|Lomo saltado: my favorite dish..sometimes made|
with hamburger, but usually made with steak
|Piedra 12 Angulos|
|Here you can see the Colonial versus Incan structure.|