So I´ve already had a personal victory against RA, and I haven´t even gotten to Machu Picchu yet! Yesterday in Cusco, my friend and I decided (admittedly not knowing what we were getting into) to try to climb up to the top of the hills above the city to an old Inca site called Sacsayhuaman. Given the altitude, and the fact that I don´t normally do this kind of thing, I was proud as a peacock when I finally made it all the way to the top an hour later. (And we gloated over all the mere weaklings who had taken a bus or a taxi up there. Wimps.) Granted, we had to stop about every few yards to catch our breaths, but the point is, I made it. ME: 1, RA: 0
Today, we took the train to the little town of Aguas Calientes, nestled at the foot of the mountains and the launching point for Machu Picchu. We took advantage of the hot springs this afternoon, soaking in the warm, steamy waters while drinking mojitos and gazing up at the fog-capped mountains. It was, to be blunt, totally f****** awesome. And it beat the pants off being at work.
Tomorrow, we´ll be up insanely early in the morning to catch the first bus to MP and see the sunrise. I can´t even fathom what it will be like, other than amazing.
And, with the exception of my ever-whiny toe and a short fit from my right ankle two days ago, I´ve been feeling fine, altitude and all. Tomorrow starts day 1 of no shots when I´d normally have taken one, so we´ll see how that goes, but honestly, right now, I´m having too much fun to worry about it!