05.06.2009 - 18.06.2009 61 °F
Okay, so this was a draft that I kept because I wanted to upload photos, but as I have gone to about 4 different internet cafes in Bolivia and I cannot upload them, I will just post it now. Sorry guys. I am in Bolivia now and once again, sick as hell. I am coming home in a week and just spend 3 days in the biggest salt flats in the world in Bolivia. One night we spent at 4800 m above sea level, and the temperature was -15º C (0º Farhenheit). No wonder I´m sick. My mom just told me that it was 101 today in Texas, and I can´t wait to get back to warm weather. So that is my quick update now, as I have to go catch a bus, but here is the post from about a week ago that was waiting for photos. Love and miss you guys!
Okay, I know I haven`t posted in a long time, but one word should clear things up: bronchitis. Yep, I got it either on the trek to Machu Picchu or after. So once we got back, I spent about 3 days straight in bed. A very nice English-speaking doctor came to see me at my hostel (a $50 house call!) and diagnosed me. I am feeling much better now, so don`t worry. I`m on the last day of the antibiotics, and I have regained my energy (before I was so tired and just had to sleep all day long).
So I guess you´re wondering about the trek. Here are a few descriptors: nose bleeds, -5 º C at night (23º F for anybody wondering), 4300 m altitude (2.7 miles), 38 km (23 miles) walked over a 4 day period, approximately 40 (we counted) mosquito bites, and this may be TMI, but diarrhea into a hole in the ground. However, those were just the tough parts. We went to a hot springs, experienced life outside of roads and highways and people, saw the most amazing views from 2.5 miles in the air, and saw Machu Picchu, the huge Incan city built in the 1400s where the blocks of stone are cut to fit together tightly without mortar (truly exceptional). Simply amazing. I don`t know what words I can say to describe it, and the pictures don`t really do it justice either, but I`ll include some here. (update: won´t work)
Sorry guys, this is not going to be a very long post because I just found out that I have lost about 300 pictures from my flash drive from Lima, Trujillo, and Ica, so I`m pretty sad right now.
But again, you may have noticed the name change on the blog, which now says Bolivia. We have been stuck in Cusco because of a strike of the workers on the roads and highways. We thought it would only last 24 hours, so we waited a day, then another, then another, and the companies kept telling us, tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow. Finally, the government began talks with the strikers, and the strike will now go on indefinitely. So we have no way of going south, to get to Puno, the city right by lake Titicaca, or Arequipa, another city in Peru we wanted to visit. After those places we were going to go to south to Chile, but we had to change our plans. The cheapest and most time-efficient way of getting out of Cusco is a flight to La Paz, Bolivia. There we will be able to access lake Titicaca from the opposite side, and we are going to spend probably 2 weeks there. I only have 4 weeks left on this trip, and I`m not sure how I would leave Bolivia to get to Santiago for my flight home, so I think I may be cutting the trip short and just flying home from Bolivia. In this way, I can`t see Chile or Argentina, but I`m not too sad; South America will still be there in the future! I miss home quite a bit too, especially when I was sick and bored in my bed all day long. Going home early will give me 2 more weeks with my family and friends before I start med school, which I think is a good thing.