A beautiful tale of a woman who doesn't remember anything from her childhood only to re-capture the seemingly lost memory during a date at a hypnotist show. The words flowed so gracefully with a heart wrenching plot that a tissue box is mandatory.
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A very entertaining book that is perfect while waiting to board your flight or commuting in the train. Some information may raise your eyebrows or would make you chuckle of acceptance within. Just don't forget to catch yourself every now and then from laughing out loud in public.
It's one of the most beautiful and unimaginable places on earth I've ever laid eyes on! It's so tranquil yet eerie to know that if one loses his way, lose petrol or make a mistake in the trail, people could die of starvation out there.
The trip seemed endless. Views of wide expanse of rock salt desert. There was one point where we couldn't see anything except white salt and blue sky.We had stop overs at a Salt Museum, Salt Factory, Isla del Pescado (Fish Island) and Volcan Tunupa.
There are 2 ways to reach Machu Picchu: (1) One is by taking the Inca Trail, 4 days of trekking, hiking. crossing mountains and camping in the wilderness with a group of tourist and expert guides. Book in advance. When we checked 3 months before, it was already fully booked. or second option, (2)Take the Peru Rail from Ollantaytambo, the last town at the border of the remote Andes Mountains. It takes 1 and a half hour train ride through the rich and majestic mountain range without spotting any house or any civilization there. I was amazed at how completely lost it really is.
We arrived in Aguas Calientes the day before. It is the sole town at the foot of Machu Picchu that was specially created to cater to tourists. We bought the entrance tickets at the Tourist Office and bus ticket at the station that will take us up the mountain. We took the first bus trip of the day. This place has never lost its mystery. Up until today, it still causes oohs and ahhhs from any tourist as soon as they step foot at the entrance.
Tips for travellers planning a trip here :
1. Don't forget to put calamine lotion. The mosquito bites here (even with the lotion) leave weird red patches that seem to evolve and grow each week leaving them itchy for a whole month. (My husband even took the day off from office because it was unbearable, he couldn't stop scratching).
2. Bring your passport with you. They have 'Machu Picchu' stamps at the gate which you could place in your passport.3. Stay in Aguas Calientes the night before and take the first bus. Be there at the bus station 1 hour before the departure because there is a very long queue. The first bus leaves if I'm not mistaken at 5:30 AM so by 6:00 AM you'd be up there watching Machu Picchu's sunrise. This would be perfect for picture taking as there aren't many visitors yet and you have the place mostly to yourselves along with the first batch so you could enjoy the serenity of the place.
4. Note that the tourists from different tours seem to arrive and leave at the same time like flies. They all come rushing in around 10AM and the whole place is packed and would immediately disappear by 2PM. So spend the entire day.
5. For those with strong knees, queue for the Wayna Picchu climb. The gate is at the back. They only allow a limited number of climbers per day so if you're lucky and up for it, go and take the steps.
6. Food is not allowed inside. Don't forget to eat something, preferably a good breakfast before going to the bus station. It would be great if you could sneak in some small biscuits and water in your backpack. Hehehe.
7. Take a lot of memory space for your camera and bring extra just in case. Make sure your camera is fully charged. It would be awful otherwise because the entrance ticket is incredibly expensive! 8. There's no toilet inside Machu Picchu. You'd have to walk all the way back to the entrance and bring 1.00 soles with you for the toilet fee. I suffered because of this. I forgot to get some money and I had to wait for Yohann to go down from Wayna Picchu so I could go to the toilet. I ended up waiting for 3 hours before I could go. Believe me, those were the longest hours.
Nevertheless, it was the cherry on top of our whole expedition that I will never ever forget.
I am blessed with the ability to sleep peacefully anywhere after 1 minute of closing my eyes, so yes, I was able to have a nice slumber in the bus. This kind of gift comes in handy on trips like these.
Guess what: The above photos were taken by me in various locations in the Canyon Country despite the altitude sickness :)
I found the comfort of playing alone in my bedroom. Tea sets, Barbie Dolls, and cut-out pictures from magazines led me to the world of make believe. The world in the eyes of a little girl are filled with possibilities and that was when I received the greatest book ever. A gift from my mother was a complete set of Childcraft books. Out of these 12 books came my favorite " PLACES to KNOW "(No. 12 Book).
Hours passed unnoticed as I marvelled the different must see places featured within this book. From the Eiffel Tower to Machu Picchu, I read it again and again from page to cover. Back in the small apartment, I dreamed to see the places and travel the world someday. I owe this book so much! This book opened my heart to the desire of travelling. From the tender age of four and more than twenty years later, I learned that the world has so much to offer. I have made a vow that I would see the places with dog ears in this book. I am blessed to have done so and will spend the rest of my life getting to know these places.
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