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    Thanks for checking out my blog about the FatSecret site. Hope you get settled somewhere - we have time to explore
    11 days ago
    Thanks for the Goodie. We travel solo in Europe where our combined language skills let us manage to get around without a guide. But in unfamiliar/difficult terrain like Machu Picchu we go with a group - usually OAT (overseas adventure travel). They limit the group to 16 and always take good care of us. We were 13 for MP, down to 12 after one was sent home with elevation sickness. After MP we went on to Ecuador and the Galapagos where we lost one more. Landing on a island in a motorized raft and walking on uneven "lava rocks" was another challenge, but doable with preparation, the right shoes and a hiking stick. Landing on islands with sandy beaches was fine.
    197 days ago
    Training for Machu Picchu is very smart. I was very glad to have a walking stick with me. Looking back, I would have taken two, one for each hand. Between the altitude, the uneven steps, my "progressive" lens glasses and the lack of any kind of guardrails, it was more of a challenge than I thought it would be. One of the days it was raining and the steps were slippery too. I know you will be prepared as an experienced traveler. It is a trip worth taking.

    I took the altitude meds on the advice of my doctor. Some just relied on chewing the coca leaves and/or drinking the tea. One of our group got so sick with elevation sickness that she had to be sent home. I drank the tea as well, but would not dip my hand into the community bowl of coca leaves and definitely wouldn't do that now.

    Are you part of a group or going solo?
    197 days ago
    Thank you for the Goodie. We visited Machu Picchu and the Galapagos in 2018.
    One month in South America, Easter Island and around the Cape to Buenos Aires in Feb of this year. Returned March 1st just as the first case was reported in Virginia thru Dulles airport which is exactly where we landed.

    Our grandson was home for the 2019 holidays from his job in China.
    China locked down their borders on Jan 23rd. His flight back was Feb 4th.
    He has been stranded here ever since.

    We should be in the South Pacific right now, but hoping for next year.

    Africa? how exciting! We haven't been there since the 90s.

    Traveling since age 19? I admire that very much. We try to take our grandchildren with us as much as possible so they can see the world beyond their little part of it without having to wait as long as we did.

    Our young lives took a different direction (unless you count DH's "travel" to Vietnam 69-70)
    When we invited my parents to go with us to Europe in the 90s, mom said no, Dad had already been there. Yes Mom, but wouldn't he like to go when no one is shooting at him? LOL a very different perspective there.

    203 days ago
    Thanks for commenting on my blog! I also been successful using intermittent fasting (16/8). I think it's the reason I haven't gained during this month and just plateaued instead.
    205 days ago
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