12.08.2015 - 12.08.2015
Oh my god. I have fallen in love with a magical place!
So everything has been amazing since I left Lima, I was sat at the airport and plane was a little delayed so some Mexicans entertained us with some music and dancing. Then I think I hear my name in an announcement "Chemma Incent" I hear, I thought "oh shit, what have I done wrong, am I standing at the wrong gate? Is there something wrong with my luggage?" I looked at the boarding pass of the person next to me had "phew, thank fuck it's all good. Maybe it wasn't my name they called?! I will just queue and wait". Turns out they were calling me, I'd been upgraded to business class, of course I looked the part particularly with the Oakland hoodie on that has random oil stains on it. I was seat 1A! I tried to act cool but a little leap and a hug to the security man popped out.
I sat next to the window, next to a man that I believe would have bought his biz ticket. It was so surreal. I do feel a bit awkward being waited on like that though, I wanted to help the air hostess. She was so lovely. I was in the air and I felt so happy I could have cried, not because of the biz class seat, just everything. I do feel very lucky with all the people I have in my life - a very supporting Tommy, most amazing friends and the most caring family. All the supporting words that helped me get on the plane, the good luck charms, the little presents, the heads up on things to pack/buy. With work allowing me the time to do it, and to be able to go back to a job I absolutEly love. Just feel so lucky!!! Anyways enough of that mumbo jumbo.
Of course if it wasn't already obvious that I'd never been in biz class before it certainly was when I started taking photos!
(So much leg room I couldn't touch infront of me)
(Gorgeous food and real crockery!)
I think it was the view from the airplane the got me. I haven't had a view quite like it before.
Pictures can never quite capture what you actually see.
Anyways, we landed and got off the plane, I came over all panicky and my feet felt really light. A lovely lady came over to me and gave me a Coca leaf and asked of I was ok (Coca leafs help wit altitude). I just stood around for a little bit to try and feel a bit normal (I think if I stood around for a lifetime I still wouldn't be normal). I went to the toilet and did a 2 minute meditation to help me before 'confronting' the big scary taxi men haha. I walked out of the toilet and jut took in the airport, like no airport I've ever been to, no security about, the offices for info / currency were little huts with wooden signs, it was a bit like going back in time, I loved it. Right time to pick up my luggage and get a cab. My bag felt so so heavy, I don't normally struggle getting it on but I did, I figured this was altitude - apparently you can get quite out of breath wit it. Taxi men were trying to say it's 40 sol, I got um down but paid him 27 anyways because he was lovely.
Driving through the streets, oh my I loved it, it was so lovely, it was so old, no where near as many cars - oh I love it I thought. Only downside are the dogs, there are stray dogs wondering around. In thailand this scared me shitless and I don't have Tommy to scare them away! I'm sure it will be ok, im relieved I got my second rabies jab thats for sure! Anyways we continue through and I see yoga and meditation rooms, this instantly excites me! I decided that's what this part of my trip is going to be about, yoga and meditation!!!
I get to the hostel Pisko & Soul - it was amazing. I loved it. They actually had a bar unlike the last place that apparently did!! It's such a gorgeous building. Very small and quant. The man behind the bar, I forget his name now showed me to my dorm, I'm staying with 2 other girls who I'm yet to meet because we all got in at different times. I've never shared a dorm, so it's a new experience. I chucked my bag down and went straight to the bar, sat there and drank about 5 cups of Coca tea, it sorted me out, I stared feeling normal.
Chatting away to the guy behind the bar about where to go after Cusco, he gave me some tips, I have already changed my plan!
There are lots of people around, it was a nice atmosphere. The owner of the hostel walks in and hears us talking, he points at me and says "Gemma?" He explains there's a free cocktail making evening, his friends have a new bar and want to see what 6 people think, would I be up for it. Of course I said yes. He said "ok, we go now" haha! So off we went. My head was saying maybe I shouldn't had been there about 15 minutes and because of the altitude but my heart said fuck it, meet people, free booze, I'm on holiday and what's the worst that could happen - I'd be an idiot not to!! As we were walking and chatting I found myself short of breath, the air felt a little light like I couldn't get enough (and we were walking down hill haha), I didn't like it but figure you just deal with it.
6 of us get to this bar, sat down and introduced ourselves and a bit about us, everyone cracked up when I said I had landed in Cusco an hour and a half ago, they thought I was crazy for going out and boozing with the altitude. Ha! So we watch a slide show that was actually very interesting about booze amd bar tenders.
Next we stand up, put aprons on and stand around a table, there's 5 or 6 bottles of Pisco lined up, I'm worried! I have been warmed about this stuff. It's a white brandy made in Peru from muscat grapes (42%), the bottles that were lined up were all from a different grape. We had a little shot of each. It's ok! Then we did cocktail making, it was so much fun and such a laugh. The owner of the hostel - Edward is an absolute blast! Both of us were adding in a little extra alcohol in each of the cocktails. There were 2 girls who are spanish, Chrissy who is German - she's a great laugh, Chrissys mate, ah no I have forgotten his name - he's very spiritual, we chatted for a while - very ineresting!
The guy running the cocktail night said apparently my body is coping very well and adjusting fine, apparently he has had to take a lot of people to the hospital because of it! That's mental, didn't realise it could be that bad!
Everyone is awesome! It's such a change of atmosphere and scenary to Lima. I don't want to leave!
Back to the hostel we went for some coca tea. Decided I fancied a cigarette so went outside and Edward came too, I was saying about how no one smokes in Peru, he said they used to but everything changed. I wonder if England goes that way the more smoking bans are introduced. I asked him about the dogs and he says they are ok and wont hurt just be cautious!
So I have decided that it will most probably be a trip for mediation and yoga AND BOOZE. Tonight there's something happening at the hostel to do with Pisco haha, funny how thingo can quickly change haha.
Now for my first full day in this magical place