I have arrived at this amazing place called Paz Y Luz in Pisac. It was a very long journey and admittedly, there were moments when the hand of Divine Intervention stepped in and made sure I got here, me AND my luggage! 31 hours of traveling and not having language to connect you to the social surroundings can leave one feeling like a 5 year old. I arrived in Cusco airport, and was so happy to see my name on a handwritten sign amidst the many drivers looking for their charges. My driver was also happy and came to pick me up. He did not speak English but did a great job getting me to my destination. First impressions/thoughts about Cusco: hmm, building codes sure are different here; do people really live in those buildings?; sure are a lot of dogs running around; we all should visit a developing/third world country now and then to remember how good we have it and how the rest of the world lives.
Anyway, I really took it slow on my first day. I checked in, was shown around, ate a wonderful breakfast of quinoa and soy milk and got to my room. I spent the day sleeping, reading, taking pictures and just being here. Regarding the altitude, I had a slight headache for a short while. I did decide to use the medication which is supposed to help me transition to this altitude better. Had coca tea on the plane and at breakfast this morning. Tastes almost like my green tea.
The buildings are not heated and as the sun set over the mountains (around 5:30) the temperature dropped noticeably. I used all the heavy blankets and turned by bed into a cocoon of warmth. The only thing to get used to is the toilet. Everything is the same like what we are accustomed to except you have to put your toilet paper in a trash can and not down the toilet... this will take me awhile to deal with but ok, I can do that.
I spent much of the afternoon and evening reading Diane Dunn's (owner of Paz y Luz) books: Cusco, the Gateway to Inner Wisdom and Cusco, The Munay-Ki Rites. She invited me to receive the first of them (the Munay-Ki Rites), I said yes.