Rather than ending a holiday on a high note, I woke up on Friday in Quito packing for my 4pm Friday KLM flight to AMS-LHR. I woke up with an idea of changing my ticket yet again this time, not to stay longer at Galapagos, but to go to Cusco. I was in Lima 3 years ago on a brief conference trip and did not make it to Cusco. I visited Latin America and central America at least 40 different occasions and always wanted to treasure that trip and plan it well and make it looong.
My friend and once an ex-collegue from Edinburgh, Angus McIntyre, was the first man on the Internet to have a blog about Inka's trail. Comes up first in "the" search engine. :-) I keep remembering the cover of a big encyclopedia glossy pictures book from childhood days called "Seven wonders of the world", was a huge photo of Machu Pichu. The luscious green of the mountain and eagle shape of this estate built in 14th century is the most unimaginable place on earth I have seen after the pyramids, estern islands, etc, chinese wall...
Well I am here now, thinking that i continue to do my travels with as much stress as possible due to last minute planning or INSPIRATION? or support? - but as always hopinig for the best. Yesterday I was mugged in Quito in centro historico just before leaving to the airport. I felt shattered emotionally wanting just to cancel my flights and fly back home, as I use it as a camera.
I persevered, stopped by the hotel, changed all passwords and found a last ticket on the last LAN flight at 20:50 on LAN to LIMA. Today, I took sorroche pills and am drinking all the cocca tea I can get.
Here in Cusco, lives Engineer Alfredo Inca Roca - the only direct descendant of Inkas.
Dinner at Greens. Post Galapagos blues is fading, and hopefully mugging taste less unpleasant with cocca tea. How blue would be the Machu Pichu blues? (only 11,000 feet blue)