First days in Cuzco

Arrived at Cuzco like 6am in the morning, I directly felt good when I bargained down the cab from 8 soles to 5 too, haha. I went to the hare Krishna temple, as Krishna Govinda had told me to, but he wasn’t there. Luckily they go up like 4 am in the morning to go to the temple so someone was awake. He said that everybody was at another temple on the weekends, and wouldn’t come back until next day or the day after that.. Well.. So I was in an empty big room with mattrasses on the floors, the mother’s room.. and there was another couchsurfer there, haha, weird. I didn’t have any mattress so I borrowed one for the night… but still.. I didn’t really feel comfortable.

My first room in the hare krishna tempel...

My first room in the hare krishna tempel…


The toilets was downstairs, the shower was a stockholm-toilet as we say, a very small space where the shower is above the toilet sit, so not really a shower… , no hot water, no internet.. I felt kind of lost there in a room filled with stuff everywhere but no one was there. I met up with Jill, who I met in Ica and couchsurfed together. We had breakfast at a place in the same street where the temple is, quite expensive but really delicious. We talked a lot about everything, so much fun to catch up with her! After that we went around for a while, visiting small shops and markets (lovely shoes!), the 12
th stone and Plaza de armas. It’s beautiful! Cuzco was the capital of the Inka empire and everything here has a lot of history.

Breakfast with Jill!

Breakfast with Jill!

The famous stone with 12 corners!

The famous stone with 12 corners!

Panorama over the main square in cuzco

Panorama over the main square in cuzco

Shoes!! I love all of them. Don't you?

Shoes!! I love all of them. Don’t you?

I went with her to her hostel where she works and lives, and wow, such a good vibe there!! 26 soles a night… good beeds… big patio with ping pong table and puffs.. bar and restaurant.. movie room.. internet everywhere… hot water :) Haha. I will stay one night at the temple since I already have all my stuff there but I will move later.

Jill went to sleep a siesta and I went back, met up with to german couchsurfers that also where staying at the temple, they were going out for a walk in Cuzco to some ruins, so I joined them. We walked up to the surrounding hills (damn it so many stairs, I’m in such a bad shape… and this is like 3400 metres above sea level, so you really notice it!) and passed by the Cristo Blanco and the Saksaywaman ruins. Usually you have to pay to go close there but you can also get the back way in just to visit the area.

Two woman looking out over Cuzco

Two woman looking out over Cuzco

Lot of people out camping, eating and playing games in the fields

Lot of people out camping, eating and playing games in the fields

I guess it’s because it was Sunday, but there were tons of people there in the fields, I think all the Peruvians go there with they kids and families and camp during the weekends. We found some really cool temples around there, it’s so weird, I really don’t understand how the inkas could do this stuff, cut the stones like this.. and why. It’s totally impressive. We stayed there and meditated for a while before heading back in the last hours of sun.

A big stone where a couple is sitting comfortable...

A big stone where a couple is sitting comfortable…

Meditating a bit on the rock. Weird formations.. how did they cut these??

Meditating a bit on the rock. Weird formations.. how did they cut these??

Two girls out with their Llamas

Two girls out with their Llamas

Then I was really hungry because I had forgotten to eat lunch… I went directly to Pariwana hostel where Jill lives, because they were going to have a BBQ this night, and vegetarian : ) It was delicious!! Definitively one of the best bbq food I’ve ever had… so tasty. It was filmnight and we watched a movie in the bar too.. great.

Then I was so tired so I was on my way home, when I met Carla! We both couchsurfed at Kevins place in Arequipa.. haha. Small world! So we started talking and then she introduced me to Mitchell and Rafael from Brazil, and we kept talking for hours.. haha. A little bit funny because the only one of us 4 that actually was staying at the hostal was Rafael, the rest of us was just hanging out and visiting friends :P I had such a funny night.. sometimes you meet people that just makes you laugh all the time – and Michell is like that.. we had such a fun group dynamic, making fun of Carlas “fuegito” haha.. so many intern jokes already, haha.

Group pic at the hostal!

Group pic at the hostal!


So I got back home around 1.30 or something, and guess what – the temple was closed! I was knocked on the door but nothing… I stood there outside for a few minutes thinking about what I should do when I heard a noise inside, someone went to the toilet – hallelujah for not having toilets in the rooms – and he opened up to me haha. Went to sleep with all the clothes I could put on, since it’s around 5 degrees Celsius at night..

Woke up next day and moved to the Pariwana hostel. Got breakfast that morning! The breakfast is until 12, so good! Haha. Best hostal I’ve been too…. Guess what – the lockers have chargers inside!!!! Such a great idea… and every bed has two pillows!! And a duvet!!! I LOVE THAT!! Another detail: the shower has a bathroom mat!! How wonderful is that… small things that makes you happy while traveling.. hehe. They also have free tea 24hours a day… great for the cold nights. :)

And my new room. Love my bed... I have my methods to have privacy ;)

And my new room. Love my bed… I have my methods to have privacy ;)

Me and Jill went to the San Pedro Market and bought some fruits and stuff, I bought a tomato salsa that didn’t have a price – apparently it costed 15 soles!!!! (5-6 usd) Damn expensive.. when you can eat a menu here (first and second course) for 5 soles.. damn it.

Anyhow.. I went to look for Bamba Experience, which is the company that I have booked the Inka Trail with through Green Toad.. it was just around the courner from Pariwana : ) I went there to say that I’m vegetarian, so they would provide me with vegetarian food during the trail… and guess who I bump into – Michell from yesterday! Haha… small world again! He was also changing hostal, and the hostal where Bamba has their office was full, so he changed to Pariwana hostal where I’m staying too. :)

Hanging out at the Pariwana bar.. :)

Hanging out at the Pariwana bar.. :)

At night the hostal arranged salsa night, we learnt the basics.. it was fun to dance a little bit, but difficult since I was dancing with other beginners, haha. At night we finally decided to go out (we were about to stay inside to watch a movie) ..on our way out from the hostel we met a whole other bunch of people going out, so we all joined together.. around 15 people from our hostal :) Went to mama Africa, where we also bumped into Carla again : )
Next day in the morning (ok, around 11) Michell woke me up to say goodbye, he was leaving for lima and then heading up to Colombia.. too sad.. :(

The pariwana-gang at Mama Africa!

The pariwana-gang at Mama Africa!

Michell, Carla, Rafael and me... best gang. Carla is on fire! (look what michell has in his hand... haha)

Michell, Carla, Rafael and me… best gang. Carla is on fire! (look what michell has in his hand… haha)

After that me and Jill went out to buy a tour for tomorrow, we asked at one place and they said 30 soles, but we got it at another place for 20 ;) Then I bought some new shoes for me and Duilio and the rest of the day we just hang out at the hostal.. Love to do nothing! Haha. Just hang out, eat, have internet.. hehe. At night we played some beer-games (ping pong things and stuff.. our team was the worst, haha, but it was fun :) Later we went out to a called 7 angelitos where a tribute band to rolling stones played.

Shoes for me and Duilio ;)

Shoes for me and Duilio ;)

Facu, Nadia, Jorge and Shir cooking in the kitchen

Facu, Nadia, Jorge and Shir cooking in the kitchen

Playing beerpong... :)

Playing beerpong… :)

We were a whole group from Pariwana hostal again, but this time with almost everyone that works there, so no more sad good byes for a while,  at least that’s what I thought, but of course the guy I hang out with the most leaves next day too…. Damn it.. always happens to me! So it’s me, Jill, Shir from Israel, David from Spain and the rest are from Argentina.. Yep.. those Argentinians are everywhere!

After 7 angelitos we went out dancing at mythology and mama Africa, but it wasn’t the same good vibe as before, we went home around 3 or something.

The pariwana-gang at 7 angelitos

The pariwana-gang at 7 angelitos

Happy easter and sad good byes!

I didn’t even know it was easter. It’s weird because to me it has been like it’s summer now during my travels, which we in Sweden have in june-july. Now the autumn is coming here, so it feels more like august or something, but it’s only march. It’s sort of messing with my head.

Anyhow. The yoga was cancelled this morning since there is a lot to do because of the easter. The hare Krishna doesn’t celebrate Easter, but the people here in Lima has a tradition to go to the beach then because they are free from work and because it’s the last summer weekend. They put up tents on the beach, all the restaurants are open, there are stands where they sell snacks and other stuff, there’s music, football, volleyball and other activities. It feels like a festival!

Foggy beach with tents

Foggy beach with tents

And here at Eco Truly Park there are maaaany visitors! Tours, workshops and different spiritual activities. I worked in the kitchen today again, and I was really busy. It was actually much more fun today because I had Luis and Oscar telling me what to do all the time. They are two young devotes who I met the first day who has been here for 7-10 days or something, really sweet. I had stuff to do all the time even if we were like 15 people working in the kitchen today!

After a late lunch we said good bye to Daniel and Ann-Sofie, buhuuu… I hate when good people leave, the good thing is that they are from Denmark so it’s not thaaaat hard to say good-bye because it’s a bigger chance we’ll actually meet again.. But still it’s sad, they really fit in here at the park.

Daniel is writing in Francescos book, he gives it to people he mets along the way, and they have to answer the question "What makes you happy?". Such a nice idea!

Daniel is writing in Francescos book, he gives it to people he mets along the way, and they have to answer the question ”What makes you happy?”. Such a nice idea!

I had a short siesta before a workshop of “Therapy music” that Rainar, Susana, Esteban and Didac hold. I talked about it yesterday at the beach party with Rainar, he learned about it in India, and traveled around in a Music Therapy Caravan before in Brasil. So interesting. He told me that some people get so affected by the music that they cry, or they shake like 30 cm above the ground without noticing it, some people just laugh… it’s different for everybody, it releases what you have inside. The sessions duration was about one hour, and it was AMAZING. I haven’t felt anything like this before. When I told you I felt relaxed that first yoga-morning, it was nothing compared to this one. In the beginning I wanted to cry, but at the end I was so relaxed. I was totally in another world. When they rang in a bell my left arm moved of it self, weird. Also I know that I have been “ dreaming “ stuff, like solving problems in my head, which felt really good, but I just can’t remember what it was about afterwards… to bad.

Music therapy session

Music therapy session

In the evening we went to the beach to have a look at the sunset, Francesco is leaving tomorrow so it was his last. Every time we go out to the beach, there are at least 3 dogs from Eco Truly following us and protecting us. And they are so funny, I don’t know how many times they have kicked sand in my face while looking for a crab in the sand 1 meter from me, or just bumped into me while playing with each other (I swear they do it on purpose!). Haha, and they are so dirty! But really sweet, they are my friends now.

Sunset at the beach, you can see some tents there too..

Sunset at the beach, you can see some tents there too..

Me and francesco during sunset, with our dots in the forehead they gave us at music therapy :)

Me and francesco during sunset, with our dots in the forehead they gave us at music therapy :)

At night we got out of power, but I didn’t mind it so much. It doesn’t feel like electricity is necessary here since we live so down to earth somehow. We lit some candles instead. But it did ruin some plans, like there were going to have a concert and they needed lights for it, or for the freezer to keep things cold etc..since there’s gas here, you can still cook, so that’s good. Anyhow. There was a fire show at the stage, with a band of drums, and it was so cool. It has always been a dream of mine to belong that kind of drum-band. Someday I hope I can! It’s so cool. Also there were some fire shows, really impressive. After we went to the temple were there was another Music Therapy session, but it was too crowded, so I didn’t hear so much..so it wasn’t as earlier today, but it was relaxing, Esteban and Francesco fell asleep and snored.. haha. After that we went to sleep.

Fire show at the scene!

Fire show at the scene!

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Today there wasn’t any Yoga either. After breakfast I helped out in the bakery, and it was so fun! I helped out with 8 pies, I don’t know how many muffins, pizza, chocolate cake, alfajoles (yes, the argentinian thing!)… and it was a lot of fun! I’m surprised I enjoy it so much, I think it’s because I do it in good company and not for myself, and because I have good guidance. : ) The only thing here is that you are not allowed to try anything while you cook it/do it, because Hare Krishna is supposed to try it first or something like that.. to bad, haha. But after lunch I bought one piece of everything and shared it with the other volunteers, and it was DELICIOUS! Mother is such a good baker! It’s good because you can call all women for mother here, and all men for prabu, it’s respectful to call that. I do know quite many names but not everyone’s, so it’s good to be able to call them with respect even if you don’t know their name.

Working in the bakery, sooo nice! I learnt a lot!

Working in the bakery, sooo nice! I learnt a lot!

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Trying all the cakes from the bakery! mmmmmm!!!

For every day that I’m here I enjoy it more and more. I remember in the beginning that I was a little bit uncomfortable because of the religion here, since I wasn’t hare Krishna myself and I don’t believe in any particular God,but I noticed that the others here aren’t religious either. They are more like me, we take a little bit of every religion and make our own guidelines. And it’s ok to do that here, the hare krishnas don’t judge. They are very open-minded here and it’s a very nice community to be a part of. I really like how they work together, help each other and take care of each other. It’s beautiful. They are all so nice, no one is egoistic, which is amazing to experience today. I also enjoy the yoga and the meditation, it makes me more spiritual, makes me more calm, open-minded, secure. I’m starting to get to know myself in another level. I’m not a fan of hokuspokus as we say in Sweden, but this feels real, it really helps a lot. I think it’s good that there hasn’t been any internet here these days, I think it has helped me to be able to live in the present – enjoy what’s here and around me right now and I’ve spend my free time with the volunteers and devotes doing different excursions and workshops.

Chilling out in our room. This is my new room which I share with the other volunteer girls.

Chilling out in our room. This is my new room which I share with the other volunteer girls.

Today I went to Music Therapy again, and once again, amazing! I love it. I feel soo relaxed, and I really think I’m traveling somewhere else, because I’m not really there but I’m there. During the therapy I got a face massage, and right after that, my heart started beating soooo hard, it was crazy. Also, my left arm moved again when they rang in a bell! I don’t know what that means, but I sort of wake up of some level some how. Sounds crazy I know, but it’s true. And after the therapy, there’s like a magical moment, when we are sensible, and someone can come to you and give you a long hug, and it’s not strange at all, we just share some love and appreciation. Even after yoga or after lunch you can hug someone here, doesn’t matter if you know each other well or not, if it’s a man or a woman, it just feels right here and nobody feels uncomfortable or strange by doing so. It’s beautiful. For example two men, hugging each other for a long time just feeling each others love through the hug… At home, it would feel weird if someone did that, they would probably feel uncomfortable and think it’s gay or something, I think they aren’t that secure about themselves and their sexuality.

Today it was time for Francesco to leave this place, and damn it was hard. He left right after the music therapy too, when you feel really open and vulnerable. I felt really empty when he left and I really wanted to cry. He is one of the sweetest guys I’ve met, with such a good heart, a noble gentlemen, so kind and always offering his help to everyone. We came quite close during this week and I will really miss him around here. I sat down this evening talking with Didac about good byes, and I realized that I think I’m an addict by nature, it’s either coffee, chocolate, training, or like now, I get easily attached to people. Some people you meet are just amazing, there have been some that have meant more to me then others, and then when I have to say good bye I’m always really sad.. But I’m also so glad I had and have the chance to meet so much wonderful people on my journey.

Good night!

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