Day 2 is no joke. Not only did I need to physically prepare for it, I had to do some mental preps as well. Our day was broken up into 2 main blocks: going up to Dead Woman’s Pass and going down to the campsite. Along the way up, we took a couple breaks together as a group to take in the snow-capped mountain tops. Before we trekked the last, hardest portion of the trail to Dead Woman’s Pass, we […]
At Pisac, our guide shared with us some history of the Incan empire. First off, he clarified that calling the indigenous people Incas was a misnomer because there was only one Inca and that was the king. It is more accurate to call the indigenous people, “the Andean people” in referencing the Andean mountains. He explained that while the Incan empire did not have any written documentation of their history, modern archeologists and anthropologists have made educated guesses as to […]
After spending 16 hours traveling down to Lima, Matt losing his phone at the airport, and nearly missing our 6am wake up call for our flight out, we finally made it to Cusco City. It was Sunday when we arrived and the city was bustling with what seemed to be the entire city’s population marching and celebrating out on the streets. Pedro, our guide for the next week, explained that it was not uncommon for there to be some sort of […]
Capital building at night. Congress Ave. Dirty East. Line for Franklin’s. 😦 Decided to get South Congress Cafe instead. Matt’s crab cake benedict. Hanging out at Uncommon Objects. Hey there cowboy! Artist markets. Pretty! True story. Iced turbo and a hipster drawing on the curb. Dracula aka Robin Williams. UT. The view. Downtown Austin. The Salt Lick BBQ. Waiting around in the winery. Smokin’ Finger lickin’ good. OMG Back on SoCo for some Amy’s Mexican Vanilla. Goodnight, Austin.
Early morning walk to Mother’s. Brunch time. International Rose Test Garden. Dying roses. The only roses left in the entire garden basically. More dying roses. More, more dying roses. Portland Japanese Garden. Mt. St. Helen. Colorful trees. Stream. Waterfall. Saturated. Leaves. We’re so happy. Salt & Straw. Dinner @ Andina. Melt-in-your-mouth quinoa crusted scallops. After dinner fun at Ground Kontrol.
Morning stroll through Portland. Ace Hotel. Stumptown & Clyde Common for brunch. Mushroom & chevre quiche with romesco. Banana french toast with bacon whipped cream. Extra crispy hash browns–crunch! Time for hipster-style shopping. Powell’s aka. claustrophobic hell. Extremo the Clown. Deschutes Brewery. Geese? Ducks? Fremont Bridge. Autumn.
Fushimi Inari Shrine. Everything is so orange! Iconic arches. Trying to be artsy. More time traveling. Meow. A bit eery. Some souvenir shopping. And a pit stop for some green tea waffles. Then off to Kinka Kuji, the Golden Pavilion. Cooling off with some green tea shaved ice.