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Off to Cusco

I´d like a jam and cheese sandwich, please

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Well, today we woke up and got ready to head back to Cusco. Our train didn´t leave until the afternoon, so the hotel said we could sit upstairs for a little while after our checkout time. We went up there, but there was a dude asleep on the couch, so we sat there trying to be quiet for a little bit, but then decided to just go walk around town while we waited for our train. We took some great pictures of the town, the soccer fields, where people also were doing local folk dances, and many children frolicking around town. I´ll post them later if I can.

We stopped to use the internet (costing a million dollars an hour) for a little while, and then went to lunch at Inka Wasi again. Laura tried to order the "jam and cheese sandwich" on the menu, but apparently whoever translated the menu into english didn´t realize we use the letter H instead of J for the huuuh sound. So she actually got a ham and cheese sandwich. I could have laughed off my chair if it hadn´t seemed rude to do so. I personally got a chicken and cheese sandwich (and knew what to expect), which was quite delicious. There was some live music during lunch in the restaurant, which apparently is pretty common here, and is very nice. Well, except when the musicians go around asking for money. Sea monkey has my money. Sorry, random movie quote moment.

Not too much else happened in town, and we found our way safely to the train. We sat across from a couple from England on the way, and across the aisle from a group of older folks on a tour package. They were hilarious. For food we got a chicken salad sandwich, a yummy cake dessert, and some OJ. They feed you pretty well on the trains and planes here!

The highlight of the train trip was probably the fashion show. Yep, fashion show. The employees put on alpaca wool clothes and paraded up and down the cars for us to see. There was also a strange clown sort of fella with a stuffed animal that he liked to put in peoples faces and make funny noises. I´m still not quite sure what to think of that. I´ll try to put a pic of that in as well. I am PRETTY sure he was an actual employee and not just some random clown dude who likes to walk around on the train. But you never know.

Towards the end of the train ride Laura and I decided to play bananagrams, which is sort of like scrabble but not. Have I mentioned, by the way, that I can beat any of you at scrabble? Yet another useful skill to put on my resume. Anyway, we were still playing when a bunch of people got off the train, and as they went by, they kept helping me out. Hehehe. Laura didn´t think it was funny though. Sour sport.

The train has to make switchbacks in order to get into Cusco because its coming from such a high pass. That was interesting. Then when we got to the train station, the wonderful hotel we were staying at, Torre Dorada, picked us up and took us to their hotel where they took AMAZING care of us. That hotel was the best money I spent on this whole trip. Worth every single penny.

Posted by NinjaLlama 09:40 Archived in Peru Tagged train_travel

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