Our Trip To Machu Picchu

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APU - a sign seen all over the Sacred Valley.

I had a special interest in this sign as the word apu is aid (the noun, not verb) help) in Finnish. When I first saw the sign, I decided to take a photo of it to send to my relatives in Finland, but the sign never was where we stopped. It always went by so fast and the bus was usually bouncing to much to get an unblurry shot. Then, a few days into this project, the bus came into a traffic jam and had to stop, but only for a second or two. Luckily I had my camera ready so I was able to snap this picture even with quick focusing.


Continuing our trip. after returning from our second day on Machu Picchu, we loaded ourselves on a bus and headed out to Cusco where we were to spend the next four nights.Now we'll go straight into the next day, February 20th, and go see a market.

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How the locals carry babies
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Business is good outside the market also
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Getting flowers ready to sell
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The early customers are showing up

Then we went inside the market and, after checking out several places, Corina took us to a cafe where they served Guinea pigs. Guinea pigs are a staple meat raised in many households of the Andes, and is even listed as number 2 in Top Ten Things to Eat in Peru. It is locally known as Cuy ("koo-ee"). Read more here.

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Oh no! This is not guinea pig
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Let me try that dish too!
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It's good!!
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I mean deeliscious!!
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Cathy tasted it also

Now, Lynda says that what she ate there in that restaurant was sheep head soup, not Guinea pig. Well, the item shown on Corina's plate in the "Yumm" photograph above looks like a Guinea pig to me; however, I guess I must face the truth -- it would have been so mind-boggling had the dish really been a GP.

But on with the story: market visit!

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Overview of the market
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The cafe/bar/whatever
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On the left are bulls' privates
(Penises, in case you did't know)
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Ugghh! What is it? Is it really intestines?
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More Ugghs!
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I'm glad I'm a vegetarian!
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A cute kid
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Lynda doing a bit of shopping
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Getting ready to throw up!
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Finally, a more relaxing photo
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We're out of the mall