Ann Lysek


Ann Lysek

I have set up this blog spot for detailed information on all of my adventures. And this way I won't have to post of Facebook and alert robbers to go steal my stuff.

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco December 5th 2010

On Friday (12/3) I was invited to dinner with CoCo, Jordan and Helga to their favorite Chicaria. Chica is made of maize and fermented, it is like young wine (apparently in the mountains saliva is an aid for this process- but I was assured no one is spitting in the chica made at this place). I wish I had more pictures or that I could have caputured the smell of the place. It was very much an old man bar. We ordered, udders, tounge and a stew and hared. I was not carzy about the udder or the tongue. At first we just grabbed and empty seat and we were invited to slugs of our neighbors Chica, shortly after that we moved to the same table as CoCo's father and his uncle. I was happy because ... read more
La Plaza De Armas at Night
Dancing In the Street

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco December 2nd 2010

The week of the 29th to the 5th was pretty uneventful compared to Machu Picchu. On Monday I tried to go to all the museums left on my Tourist Boleta. I also studied pretty hard this week as I realized I was coming closer to the end of classes. On Wednsday night for cooking night we had Tarrarin Verde Con Ocopa- which was pesto pasta with a side of potatoes with peanut sauce. We also found out very last minute that it was Milagros bithday- luckily Helga and I were just able to go to cake shop street and pick up a birthday cake with the 1 sole contributions from everyone at the cooking class. I like how the birthday person is expected to take the first bite, out of the cake. ... read more
Fair Play
Decorating the Christmas Tree
Cooking Class

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu November 29th 2010

4:00 am "Anna?" I jump out of bed as if it were on fire, " I am up, I am up." I say. I go to the bathroom, wash my face, brush my teeth and pull my clothes on. Lilou, my 22 year old Dutch companion and I pack up our back packs strap on our head lamps and we are on our way. 4:45 am We reach the bridge and make our way to the stone walking path leading straight UP to Macchu Picchu. 4:55 am We take off our sweaters and take some pictures (note: "pictures" are a good disguise for a break). 5:00 am I am certain the other twenty people behind us have now passed us. 5:05 am We stop and eat some bananas for energy. 5:10 More "pictures" and some water. ... read more
More Steps
Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu November 29th 2010

Macchu Picchu was a total success. I made friends with this awesome Dutch girl Lilou and we decided to forego the oackage deal and o it all on our own. Of course we got a lot of input from Helga who also takes Spanish classes with us and had taken the trip a couple weeks ago. So we bought the backpacker tickets fro the train and then bought the tickets from the INC for Machu Picchu this is really where Lilou saved a lot of money because she has a student card. We didnĀ“t purchase anything else in advance we just met at the bus station for Ollantaytambo on Saturday at 8 and there was a van headed that way so we paid our 10 sole and jumped on. It was a party the whole hour ... read more
Wall of 100 Niches
The Fortress at Ollantaytambo
Pisco Sour

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco November 23rd 2010

This week has been pretty cool so far. I volunteered at a school in the Mountains yesterday the children were so cute and all of them wanted to be held and given airplane rides. We played "Duck, Duck, Goose" and had some hoola hoop competitions. When we were walking around back in town I fell in a hole on the street because I was distracted by what my friend was showing me. No major injury just rainbow bruises. On Saturday I bought my tourist ticket for all these cool museums so I have been trying to make the most of the punches I have left. Already vistied the contemporary art museum and the Inka statue. Today I had ceviche, tigers milk, and this black corn fruit juice- the ceviche was delicious!!!! Also bought my train ticket ... read more
at Pachacutec Tower
The Mountain School
The Mountain School

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco November 22nd 2010

On week two of my stay in Cusco and things are defintely getting better. Have found a few friends to hang out with and see the city. Planning Machu Pichu trip for this weekend. ... read more
San Pedro Market
San Pedro Market
San Pedro Market

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco November 14th 2010

Day five in Cusco and today is hot!!! The last couple days I have felt comfortable enough to leave my casa and venture out into the city on my own- usually I just hang out at school and wait until someone else is going back to the compound. Taxis are super cheap and you get to see your life flash before your eyes several times. Seems like most of my stress comes from taking taxis (or rather from not being able to communicate with the driver YET) so I just decided to walk. The area I am staying in is called San Sebastion aka Dogville. There are so many mangy dogs all over the place that I was thankful on Friday when it rained because that meant I did not hear dog fights all night long. ... read more
The Condor
Girl with LLama
Stone Wall

South America » Peru » Cusco November 4th 2010

Well it looks like I am all set for my trip to Peru. I have my guidebook, my phrasebook and dictionary and a fairly good idea on what I need to pack. From Wikipedia; Cusco is a city in southeastern Peru, near the Urubamba Valley of the Andes mountain range. It is the capital of the Cusco Region as well as the Cusco Province. In 2007, the city had a population of 358,935 which is triple the figure of 20 years ago. Located on the eastern end of the Knot of Cusco, its altitude is around 3,400 m (11,200 ft). Cusco is the historic capital of the Inca Empire and was declared a World Heritage Site in 1983 by UNESCO. It is a major tourist destination and receives almost a million visitors a year. It is ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Kings Cross February 27th 2010

2-26-10 I guess Natasha wasn't too sick of us yet, we had planned to go to the beach but when we went down to meet her it was raining like crazy so we swapped our swim suite out for rain coats and headed out into the day. Natasha had her two daughters with her so I squeezed in bewtween the baby seats and laughed with Vilet the 1 year old and tried not to piss the 3 year old Cleo off too much. Due to the less than ideal weather we decided to go to Luna Park and ride some rides then do a sightseeing via car trip. We went to lunch at Watson's bay then watche the girls play (and eat) the sand. Then we got back in the car and drove to Bondi Beach ... read more
Cleo and Violet
Natasha's Crew on the merry-go-round
James and I - all dressed up...

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney February 25th 2010

02/24/2010 By this time James and I have become accustomed to vacation. Sleeping late a leisurely breakfast, a work out and swim for one of us and some TV catch-up or record shopping for the other. One of James's friends asked for a t-shirt from a bike store- talk and one of my friends requested a sari, oh why could they have not asked for a boomerang or a knock off designer bag from Thailand? Anyway we took our time and took the train; we were over the scenic city walks. We took the train from Central to the Harbour and grabbed a ferry to Manly beach. Got some more pictures of the opera house. When we hit the port we pulled out our map because in Australia we felt comfortable doing that without being surrounded ... read more
Biking at North Gate Natl Park
The view from the park
On the beach at Manly

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