Day 31

30 Jun

Made it to Aguas Calientes a little after noon. Our hostel’s internet isn’t working and the whole town is a tourist trap trying to suck us dry of all our money.
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Needless to say we aren’t really enjoying it here, at least not as much as Cusco and Lima. BUT we are headed to the beautiful Machu Picchu in the morning and are very excited for that! 🙂 We’ve been warned that food is very expensive and it costs 50 centimos to use the bathroom. So in other words, we’re planning on not eating or drinking much tomorrow!

Excited to see one of the 7 wonders of the world tomorrow but honestly I’m just ready to get back to Cusco! The atmosohere there was more welcoming and you didn’t constantly have to be worried about someone trying to scam you.

3 days in Cusco, then back to our hometown of Lima for one last night with some of the girls from the program before heading home! I’m so happy to be here and to have this amazing experience to travel! I feel very fortunate. I would be lying, however, if I said I wasn’t a little anxious to get home.

Our train ride today was gorgeous with a river on one side and mountains on the other. Bret would have loved the train, even as a grumpy 16 year old. If my momma had been there she would have been so excited about the views. And if my dad had been with us when the mountain people in their traditional clothing did a dance for the crowd, he would have leaned over and whispered, “You know their buddy is walking around pickpocketing everyone right now.” And if Robert had been with me he would have wanted to take every single stray dog home with us. I miss home and everyone that comes with that word. I just hope you know that all of you have been with me for this journey.

The Struggle: After falling for a tourist scam over lunch, we are alarmingly low on cash.

The Silver Lining: We’re learning what it’s like to be a real life hippie… and it’s kinda fun.

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