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Old 05-20-2012, 01:34 PM   #561
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Had to meet a guy on Haight Street in San Francisco for a business transaction today (sounds shady but wasn't). While waiting for him and looking at the people walking by, the phrase "dirty little hipsters" that I remember haha using came to mind. When I was a kid, my Mum thought that the flat I shared with my student friends was dirty, and she thought I was pretty scruffy too, but I don't think I was ever as unkempt and unsavory-looking as many of the kids (and not so young people) that I saw outside Amoeba Music on Haight Street today.

I am definitely middle-aged now and you know what - I'm very comfortable with that too!
I remember once when we were moving from Hawaii to MS when I was 12 (in the late 60's) we were walking around in San Francisco. My mother looked at the people walking around, then looked at me and told me to un-tuck my shirt! I was wearing a button up shirt, slacks and Hush Puppies. I don't think that made me fit in any better.

It was funny then and funny now.
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Old 05-20-2012, 02:41 PM   #562
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2. My son-in-law is Brazilian...so staying with family instead of hotels was a good $$ saver.
I quite agree ..

In this case, I completly understand your logic...

Hopefully, you will have many years of travel to/in Brazil in the future (I assume you samba? )...
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Tooling around France at the moment. Three days Nice and Monoco, then Arles, Avignon and Orange, on to the Dordogne River Valley, Chinon and chateaus, Mont St. Michel(what a tourist dive), Giverny, Versailles, and last to Paris.
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We visited Paris (Texas) last week. Here's a picture of the Eiffel Tower.
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I quite agree ..

In this case, I completly understand your logic...

Hopefully, you will have many years of travel to/in Brazil in the future (I assume you samba? )...
Ha...NO SAMBA here....love to watch those pretty girls samba tho!
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The missus recently saw photos of Machu Picchu taken by a young cousin of hers on her trip there, and that was that. We are off to Peru this summer. Maybe we'll learn something definitive about the Mayan calendar from their Inca cousins while we're there and adjust our SWR accordingly.
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The missus recently saw photos of Machu Picchu taken by a young cousin of hers on her trip there, and that was that. We are off to Peru this summer. Maybe we'll learn something definitive about the Mayan calendar from their Inca cousins while we're there and adjust our SWR accordingly.
You will love it, especially Cusco. I was there in 1999 and again last year.
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You will love it, especially Cusco. I was there in 1999 and again last year.
Thanks. I'm curious, did you have issues with the altitude? I've read that it can be a big breath-sapping problem.
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The missus recently saw photos of Machu Picchu taken by a young cousin of hers on her trip there, and that was that. We are off to Peru this summer. Maybe we'll learn something definitive about the Mayan calendar from their Inca cousins while we're there and adjust our SWR accordingly.
The lack of O2 at that altitude concerns my DW.
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The lack of O2 at that altitude concerns my DW.
My brother climbed Machu Picchu again last year, at age 68 and more than 100 pounds overweight.

He said it was pretty challenging this time but he felt great that he actually made it. It doesn't sound like the O2 was much of a problem for him, in any case...

Then when they got back they re-packed their bags and headed off to Shanghai. (Apparently he's the opposite of me, in that he loves constant international travel these days). As for me, I remember Cusco from 1957 and I'd just as soon my memories remain that way...
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My brother climbed Machu Picchu again last year, at age 68 and more than 100 pounds overweight.
Good for him! This is on my bucket list to do... This and go see the statues at Easter Island.
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Good for him! This is on my bucket list to do... This and go see the statues at Easter Island.
I guess it was on his bucket list, too! He said the Inca Trail was outrageously spectacular.
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Tooling around France at the moment. Three days Nice and Monoco, then Arles, Avignon and Orange, on to the Dordogne River Valley, Chinon and chateaus, Mont St. Michel(what a tourist dive), Giverny, Versailles, and last to Paris.
Don't miss Chenonceau! We did the trip in the opposite direction last September. We also did Normandy.
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Thanks. I'm curious, did you have issues with the altitude? I've read that it can be a big breath-sapping problem.
Yes, I was traveling with two others, all in good shape and all three of us had altitude sickness after the flight into Cusco. We did the tea thing, but what really helped was O2 from the hotel. Allow time to acclimate or it can kinda ruin your trip. I did take diamox, but it tends to make you pee a lot, an unwelcome side effect when traveling.
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Tree dweller, we went at Christmas to Peru. I'd say best advice is to rest your first few days in Cusco, drink lots of water (ok, we drank beer, but do as I say, etc) and go ahead and bring the Diamox along, but don't take it as a preventative. I only had to take it one day we were in the mountains, and that was on a very high mountain pass when we were crossing the altiplano. And if it hadn't been so dang cold that we were getting snowed/sleeted on, I would have been drinking more water and avoided the symptoms. We had spent a week in Cusco at that point but still got a rough patch. My DH had general fatigue the whole time we were at altitude, though. As sea level dwellers, I kinda expected it to be worse, to be honest.

PM me if you have any specific questions about traveling in Peru-I got some great advice from others on the board, too, especially Michael B and Travelover. And if you are mighty bored, look up the thread around here on the Mototaxi Junket, that was our trip.
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Tree dweller, we went at Christmas to Peru. I'd say best advice is to rest your first few days in Cusco, drink lots of water (ok, we drank beer, but do as I say, etc) and go ahead and bring the Diamox along, but don't take it as a preventative. I only had to take it one day we were in the mountains, and that was on a very high mountain pass when we were crossing the altiplano. And if it hadn't been so dang cold that we were getting snowed/sleeted on, I would have been drinking more water and avoided the symptoms. We had spent a week in Cusco at that point but still got a rough patch. My DH had general fatigue the whole time we were at altitude, though. As sea level dwellers, I kinda expected it to be worse, to be honest.

PM me if you have any specific questions about traveling in Peru-I got some great advice from others on the board, too, especially Michael B and Travelover. And if you are mighty bored, look up the thread around here on the Mototaxi Junket, that was our trip.
Thanks for the info. We're not exactly going to be roughing it. I had made reservations at a three-star hotel in Cusco when DW spoke to a co-worker who is from Peru who essentially scared her into wanting nothing less than 4 stars "to keep the kidnappers away". From everything I've read that's absurd, but, oh well!
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Oh cool, then travelover will be a better reference than us! Although we stayed in a couple of memorably nice places along the way, mostly we were living like hippies.
Casa Andina in Nasca is sweet and we also stayed in a beautiful place on Huanchaca Beach that we loved. But the rest were backpacker hostels full of young, fun travelers and friendly locals. Not too many tourists around.

Kidnappers? Not so much. You'll have a great time if you have an open mind and embrace what is awesome.
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Kidnappers? Not so much. You'll have a great time if you have an open mind and embrace what is awesome.
Yea, kidnapping a huge risk. Do something practical like riding a 3 wheeled motorcycle through the Andes.
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Nothing to add, but I feel compelled to post. If Sarah says it and Travelover agrees, it is so. Peru and Cusco are a great trip. Don't worry, enjoy! Remember, pisco and anticuchos are your friend.
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Yea, kidnapping a huge risk. Do something practical like riding a 3 wheeled motorcycle through the Andes.
Yeah, I saw that video. I think practicality fell off the trike at one of the bumps, but that sure looked like some fun!
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