The Adventures of April

We shall not cease from exploration - And the end of all our exploring - Will be to arrive where we started - And know the place for the first time. -- T.S. Eliot

Sunday, May 13, 2007


I arrived in Cusco on Saturday and had a lovely day wondering around the city and resting up to become acclimatized.

On Saturday night my fellow intern, Jeff, his wife Carolyn and their visiting friend Linda returned from Machu Picchu so we were able to enjoy a nice dinner. On Sunday we visited the Incan ruins of Sacsaywaman, which always gives the gringos a laugh (try saying it a few times!). The ruin was a fortress with massize zig zag walls made of ginormous stones that left invader's backs always exposed.

Can you find me?

After a bit of shopping we visited a famous stone. Incans are well known for their masonry - creating walls and entire structures out of stones perfectly sanded to fit together and requiring no sealant between the stones. There is one stone that has twelve different edges and is famous because the masons fitted all of angles perfectly. Without electricity, the wheel, or beasts of burdens.Some random men were standing around trying to charge people for touching the stone. Sorry buds, I'm not falling for your little ploy. I'm fully entitled to touch that stone and I'm even going to have my picture taken while doing it.

That evening we had a wonderful dinner and it was great to spend some time with friends instead of traveling alone. The city was quite beautiful during both the day and the night.