5/13/10: Cabanaconde, Peru
We have now spent close to 630 hours on buses and somehow found a way to either (a) blog about them or (b) avoid blogging about them by writing about random nonsense that sort of pertains to traveling. Today we spent another 6.5 hours taking a bus from Cabanaconde to Arequipa, then we hopped on a ten-hour overnight bus hoping to get to Cusco. (Whoa – I have two parentheticals that I wanted to include at the end of that sentence. I’m not sure how to deal with that, so I’ll move them out into the meat of the paragraph and hope for the best.) First, for those of you wondering how to get from Cabanaconde to Arequipa, don’t take the tourist bus. We were hoping to get away from the loud, awful Spanish music of the local bus, but found ourselves inside a bus with extremely loud, obnoxious Spanish music anyway. Of course we had more leg room, but a ride that should have taken five hours took nine because of the boring tourist stops and slow tourist driver. We’d recommend you just put up with the dusty, crowded local bus and save a ton of time. Second, I said hoping to get to Cusco because technically I should be writing this blog at the end of the day while we’re still on the bus. If I happened to wait until, say, a week later to write it, you’d know Zhou and I didn’t die in the past week, and that would ruin the suspense of a daily blog. But I’m not sitting on a couch at our hostel in Cusco after finishing the Inca Trail with Dad and Steve (assuming he made it here), I’m writing this on May 13th, just as I should.
Wow, that went on longer than I thought it would. What I wanted to write about today was that no matter how much I enjoy writing the blog, I enjoy spending time with my family more. And let’s face it – you’ve probably figured out by now that we just did the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, and that Steve is here, alive and well. He’s actually sitting on the couch across from me, looking at sports on his iPod. So now you can look forward to upcoming posts introducing Peruvian Steve to our audience, and then describing the trials and tribulations of cowboy-hat-wearing Dad, non-acclimatized Steve, trekking-master Zhou and myself tackling the trek to Machu Picchu.
But in the meantime, we’ve got a deck of cards and two iPods for Play-and-Pass Scramble 2, so we’ve got a lot to do today. I don’t have time to indulge you with hilarious posts, so I’ll leave you with some pictures from today.
[Editor’s Note: If this post were ful of grammactical miscues and speeling errors, that’s cause it’s the first time I can rember that Zhou didn’t not get a chance to edit my post before it b-came public. sorry bout that.]
Puzzles for Postcards
This Famous Place Is Really Hard to Anagram
Hi Champ Cucu!
Picture of the Day: We want to make Dad and Steve’s overnight bus rides as comfortable as possible, so we’re taking Cruz Del Sur through Peru. Yes, they have a comfortable waiting room complete with wireless and nice bathrooms.