Today I received the first series of rites of the Munay-Ki. It was not what I was planning to do but I was invited to do. I came here simply open to what will happen next knowing only that it would be good.
Afterwards, I spent several hours journaling in a beautiful round glass room that brought in so much of the sun's warmth and light. It felt good to be warm, warm enough in fact to change into tee shirt, shorts and slippers :) Around 2:00 I headed in to the town of Pisac to explore the market. It pretty much takes over the town with locals selling fruits, vegetables, jewelry, fabric items and many hand woven and hand crafted goods. I had a great meal at Ulrikes on the rooftop. I ordered an unusual dish of layers of mashed potatos with vegetables and a kalamata olive spread, and a papaya/yogurt drink. I sat on the rooftop enjoying the view of the mountain while catching up on the history of Peru in my Lonely Planet Book.
The short walk to and from Pisac is beautiful yet disturbing. The river and dirt road are littered with trash, mostly plastic. The distant views to the mountains are beautiful of course but seeing the trash pile (local landfill?) next to the river and all the trash in the street, plastic bags caught in the cactus fence, makes me appreciate the way we have to dispose of our toilet paper and trash here at Paz y Luz.