our hike started out awesome.
this is the lake we started hiking from.
after a little while we hiked through this pass.
and then we stopped here for lunch.
we moved on towards the ruins where we would be stopping to set camp. it was GORGEOUS along the way.
we made it to the ruins (and in good time too!)
we then hiked to find a good place to camp.
this place was AWESOME. it was so lush and beautiful and right in the valley.
Little did we know what was ahead of us. we camped out that night ate ramen and played uno and went to bed early so we could rest up for our 15 mile hike the next day. We would be hiking all the way back to Cusco. About one mile into our hike it started to rain, and persisted for another 2 or 3 hours, at one point it even started to hail. We were in the middle of nowhere (maybe saw 2 other peruvians the entire 15 miles) and we didn’t really have anyway to “quit” we trekked on, got chased by a crazy dog, made some wrong turns through some peruvians llamas, bulls, and flower patches, but made it to cuzco in record time! This was the glorious sight we crossed over the mountain to:
crockett and I sang “hallelujah” the whole way over the mountain and ran towards cuzco, we actually made it home, we really doubted we were gunna make it there for a while!
Today we’re off to do some sight seeing and then thursday Machu Picchu! catch ya later!
today was awesome. we rode horses through the sacred valley with this sweet man and his adorable son, he gave us zero instructions whatsoever he put us on our horses and off we went:
then we arrived at salineras! salt ponds that were made over 700 years ago. the salt was SO good! this is the source of salt for all of the Cuzco area.
so salty and so good. it was HEAVEN for crockett!
we’re off on a 2 day hike! buenas noches!
thus far I have held a baby llamb:
ate cuy (pronounced qui) which is a delicacy in Peru… Guinea Pig. Needless to say it was an adventure. Note our faces below:
and we visited Tipon and saw the ruins, it was pretty incredible.
Now we’re relaxing at the house before we head into town to watch the Carolina Duke Game with the locals… GO HEELS!
Treats from Montana… Daniel whitt loves us! (Taken with instagram)
za-za, potentially the best restaurant in Florence.
Fresh markets are everywhere!
this was my FAVORITE meal of the entire trip: pear and gorgonzola stuffed pasta in Cinque Terre
My life has been a whirl wind of ridiculous things this past month. I feel like i’m running from wedding to young life camp to trying to pack up and relocate my life .5 a mile down the road. Needless to say, today i started sorting through my italy pictures and I realized there is so much I have yet to post!
The best way I can think to do this is to go day by day. So that you and I both don’t get too overwhelmed.
So we’ll start in Venice- the city of water. Here’s to day 1.
a restaurant in Munich, Germany.
in our little hotel room- before our first night out on the town.
dinner in Venice.
Despite all the awesome surroundings the first day I set foot in Italy, all I could see was doors. They captured my eye from the very first day. Each and every door in Italy is unique. I found myself daydreaming about all the stories that lay behind those doors, all the work that went into placing them there, all the history those doors have seen, I also found myself taking pictures of them left and right. Below are my favorites from the trip.
I fell in love with venice. its old, rustic, romantic. its everything that it promises to be and more. Venice has character, its been around forever, it has secrets around every alleyway and when you get lost you can’t be disappointed because theres something breathtaking around every corner. I’ve always had a thing for being around water and venice is the epitome of heaven on earth to me. The idea of taking a taxi- thats a boat- sent me to cloud nine. here are a few pictures of the many i’ve taken. this is my attempt to show you how perfect this little floating city really is.
warning: this may be my longest post ever.
the skies are really this blue at night…
and the water always shimmers under the moon.
and the pigeons really do love you!
and the gondola rides are more than worth it.
after countless hours in the air, multiple flights, and a few huge suitcases later i’m home.
over the next few days I will try to explain to you through pictures my love for all things italian. I will try to show you how each and every place stole my heart and hopefully give you some laughs along the way.
here are a few pictures I LOVE today.
buona sera! i’m going to sleep of the time difference!
Duomo, Sienna Italy
Tuscan Hillside, Sienna, Italy
Arno river at sunset, Florence Italy
The Gran Canal, Venice, Italy
I found myself missing my friends at home and when things reminded me of them I took a picture and planned on posting it that day-however internet at our hotels was few and far between and slow when we had it… so I’ll be posting them daily as i begin to edit through pictures. ty, todays for you, enjoy princess:
Munich, Germany. may 10, 2011 6:57AM
Munich, Germany May 18, 2011- 11:52AM