Morning Haze Over Cusco
My arrival into Cusco, Peru was less than glorified. First off, the night before had been spent on a fairly cold airport floor in Lima, Peru. I had landed sometime late in the evening coming in from Panama City, Panama, and had attempted to get an hour or so of computer time logged to track my progress. Apparently I had run out of time prior to saving my work, so it was pretty late before I finished and tried to find a comfy spot to spend the next five hours till my early a.m. flight out to Cusco. My saving grace was knowing that I had found a cheap (albeit not the most convenient to my sleeping schedule/location) flight to Cusco, which would save me a day each way on a bus. Once finally into Cusco, my plan was to ring my couchsurfing host and plan on a meeting location to get me settled in. Well, something about his phone and my phone did not agree, so I ended up doing my best in Spanish to make my way towards where I thought he lived.
After feeling a bit uncomfortable about my selection of taxi driver, due mainly to his determination to stay off of any sort of main road (by now I’m certain that one of these are going to end in his buddies waiting to take all my things…), we arrived at what he thought was the location of my scribbled address. He motioned again to see my paper (did I mention he didn’t speak any English?), and decided that in fact we were not in the right spot. Off again! A few more half paved roads and poor judgements in infrastructure avoided and we arrive at the base of a long and steep staircase. ‘Up there,’ he points, and up there I head. Not being acclimated to the altitude, the stairs quickly caught up with me. As I finally panted my way to the top level, there seemed to be no sign of the apartment I was looking for. Trying in Spanish, asking a shop owner if he knew where it could be, we came to the agreement of a particular, unmarked, door that may be what I was looking for. Finally, Ronnie answered, I made it. This is the first view out the entryway of his apartment, taken around 7:15am local time.