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Whew. What a whirlwind of a few weeks!

Well, I’m officially back at home and enjoying the luxuries that I never thought I would miss! Clean sheets and no sleeping bag? A mattress and not a sleeping pad? Clean towels? Clean water? Clean food? Being around more than just a handful of people for…weeks on end? Ok, maybe not the people part because I liked all my fellow biologist friends.

Anyhow, now that I’m back at home I’m trying to adjust to life back here again, including driving. Do you know how hard it is it to adjust to driving on a freeway after you haven’t been in a drivers seat in three plus months?! haha, it was interesting yesterday for sure! But besides the driving, I’m getting myself ready for the next field season, wherever it may take me, which includes applying for lots and lots of field positions! yay…

So, last I posted I went to Machu Picchu with Whit! We left Ollantaytambo for the town of Aguas Calientes, which is only accessible by train and the only place to stay if you want to go to the ruins. We got there with lots of time to spare, set up shop in our horrible hotel and got something to eat. I found the only vegetarian place in town and immediately went for it. I ended up having a lomo saltado with an Indian flavor influence that tasted great, albeit a little salty but filling.

We hit the sack really really early because we had an early morning wake up to hike up to Machu Picchu since it’s cooler in the morning and there are less people.

The hike up was seriously probably one of the hardest things I have done. So. Many. Stairs. I was sweating so badly by the time we got to the top I was drenched! There was no wind and it was starting to get humid so that didn’t help either, but I looked around and oh, look at that, everyone else is just as hot, sweaty and drenched as you are! No fear!

We got into the ruins and I was just taken back at how amazing the ruins were. It amazes me that people built this by hand…just amazing. The strength, coordination and patience to make something like this is beyond me!

We paid to do an extra hike where we hiked up the Machu Picchu Mountain and god, more stairs. It was something I just wanted to kill myself over, really! So many more stairs to try and conquer! We didn’t make it all the way up because my hip was throwing a hissy fit, but all the older people made it up there and passed us. Talk about making you feel bad, just after you’ve turned a year older. haha!

We spent a bit of time exploring the various areas of the ruins but I was most excited about the blue and white swallows everywhere. And I mean EVERYWHERE. But they are so gorgeous! How could you not love them!? And I found a nest! Ok, Whit might have seen the bird fly into the wall first…but yeah.  so exciting!

Overall the trip to Machu Picchu was totally worth it. I now understand why so many people make the trip to Peru to go to there at some point in their life! I’m glad I made the trip, and go to share it with Whit too.  It was his first international trip and I know it was hard for him but everything paid off!

Ok, back to the everyday things at home…like baking. What should I bake today!? haha!

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6 Responses to Back Home

  1. Amy Lauren says:

    Welcome home! I bet it really is hard to drive after that long. I remember a girl telling me about having a baby and how hard it was to get used to having buttons on pants bc she’d been in maternity clothes so long, and she said the same thing about driving bc she couldn’t drive for like 2 months. Glad you’re back though. It looks like you had a great time at the ruins.

    As for baking… definitely something pumpkin! Fall is here :)

  2. Biz says:

    Welcome home Mel!! OMG, so many steps – that’s great you got that close up to the top though.

    Bake something with pumpkin!! :D

    Hugs!

  3. Biz says:

    Ha, I didn’t even read the first comment – so pumpkin it is! :D

  4. I love Macchu Picchu! I did the four day Inca trail trek when I went and arriving at Macchu Picchu was one of the most amazing experiences of my life and totally worth all the hard trekking!

  5. Krista says:

    Gorgeous photos, Melissa! And welcome back!! :)

  6. Those pictures are just SO dang beautiful! It really is a dream of mine to visit someday and for now I’m enjoying living vicariously through you. Glad you are now home safe and enjoying some of those familiar creature comforts!

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