Wed 17 Sep
This morning we had breakfast at the hotel and then did a little shopping. Last night Curtis accidentally left one of our bags of souvenirs at a shop. We went there and they still had it. Yay!
We walked to the famous 12-sided stone. When we got there we were swarmed with some teenagers that wanted to get pictures of us with them taking turns being in the picture. It seemed like we were the first white North Americans they had seen. We were a novelty to them. They especially liked Curtis. It was like he was a celebrity. It was so funny and unexpected. They were students from a town in Peru called Trujillo and their leader said it was their first trip.
We took a taxi from Cusco to Ollantaytambo, about an hour and a half ride. From there we got on a train that went for over an hour to get us to Aguas Calientes. The train ride was great. Amazing scenery.
Once we found our hotel they told us that last night they had a pipe burst and cause damage to some of the rooms. They already made arrangements for us at another hotel. I don't how it compares but it has 3 little beds and will be fine.
We walked a street that has a bunch of restaurants and just picked one that we thought looked good. Curtis and I shared a pizza and Maureen had chicken and "stri" fried noodles. The English translations are not always perfect.
Our hotel is right along the river. It really got flowing because of the rain.
In the evening Curtis and I went for a walk around the town. It's a very small town. We walked all of it pretty much. Some girls Curtis' age assumed he knew English so they asked him for some directions. They were from Israel and spoke very good English. They were tired because they just got here after walking along the train tracks for 3 hours to avoid paying the fare of the train. I didn't know that was an option. They said they'll probably be too tired to go back that way tomorrow so they'll probably take the train.