Reunited and it Feels so Good

13 Jan

We arrived extra-early to the airport this morning (on our way to Cusco) to check at the Taca office too see if our bags had made their way to Lima the night before on the only Taca flight to arrive from Miami.

We got up to the office to find 3 people unleashing in rapid Spanish on the poor woman working for Taca’s sister airline. We picked up a few words and “unacceptable” was one of them which immediately made me hope that they weren’t angry because the airline had lost their luggage.

Main Centre Square of Cusco, Peru

Once the trio of angry people left, we were able to ask about our bags. We handed her the slips we’d received the day before and she disappeared for what felt like an eternity but was probably 5 minutes. She opened the door, our bags in hand! We actually cheered and hugged her, partly because we were so overjoyed to be reunited with our backpacks and partly because she looked like she needed a hug after being yelled at, and went off to re-pack our carry-ons with everything we’d need to do our hike to Machu Picchu.

Funny side note: as J.J. and I were re-packing our bags, Tal was interviewed in English for the local news which is a Spanish program. To date, we have no idea why.

The flight to Cusco was terrifyingly rough. I’m not a great flyer on the smoothest of flights and Tal is even worse. At one point I actually looked for a paper bag in the seat pocket in front of me, just in case, and caught a sideways glance of Tal burying her face in Jonny’s shoulder and shaking her head.

Once we arrived safely on the ground we were hostel-bound (San Blas) where we were greeted by the woman who runs the hostel, Cecilia, who welcomed us with a pot of warm Coco tea and sat with us to chat about what we wanted to do while we were here and offered some helpful recommendations.

We spent a few hours wandering around the main square of Cusco, buying our tourist tickets to be able to go on a tour of the Sacred Valley, checking in with our the company that will be taking us on our 4-day hike up to Machu Picchu and looking around in the markets.

The altitude really tired us out and we ended up taking a 4-hour team nap before heading out to find some soup for dinner at 11pm.

We stumbled across this amazing local restaurant that was closed for the evening but the owner opened up just for us and made us fresh soup and couscous that was incredible.

Now it’s off to bed because we have a big 12-hour day lined up to visit the Sacred Valley at 8am tomorrow morning.

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One Response to “Reunited and it Feels so Good”

  1. Erin M January 13, 2012 at 15:32 #

    gahhhhh love the updates! good job on the blogging so far. I’m so excited for you guys. Sacred Valley is very cool! I hope you have a great tour guide!
    oh yes and I forgot to say in my last post… sorry to hear about your ceviche …. it is an amazing dish when done correctly!!! I hope somewhere down the road you will have a delicious ceviche experience.

    xoxoxo E

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