Getting to Machu Picchu is no easy task.
Today started with a 4:50am wake up call, a 6am departure, and a 8:55am flight from Lima to Cusco, Peru.
After 30 minute struggle to get our motor coach out of Cusco International Airport's tiny parking lot we were on our way to the Sacred Valley. We're bypassing Cusco and visiting it after Machu Picchu to help with altitude acclimatization (although I was pretty much rendered useless tonight by a horrible headache and naseua). Cusco is the 5th highest city in the world which means your first couple of days there coming from sea level wouldn't be much fun. By starting in the Sacred Valley, which goes from approximately 6K - 9K feet, it's supposed to help the body acclimate a little better.
Anyways, after stopping at a farm to visit alpacas, llamas, and vicuña's, we headed to the town of Pisac for a quick tour of their street market.
Today's highlight however, was definitely our arrival at the Sonesta Posadas Del Inca Yucay hotel. I haven't stayed at many hotels, but I doubt I'll ever stay at one as nice as this again.
We had a great Inca weaving demonstration by women from the Chincheros community and got to explore the grounds of this former convent. There's even a view of a snow covered mountain, rather a glacier.
Unfortunately, my evening was cut short, but two ibuprofen and two cups of cocoa tea have me back on the mend (I hope).
Tomorrow, we're finally getting to Machu Picchu and closer to sea level.
I'm looking forward to both.
Colombia, we have arrived.
It's been a while since we've been on a bonafide vacaton so this one is both thrilling and nerve racking. Natalie is quite an accomplished traveler, I'm not. That makes me quite a handful to deal with.
Still, after hopping on the redeye from LAX and enjoying the air condidtioned (and air conditionless) parts of the Panama City International airport we made it to Cartagena, Colombia.
Fun fact about Cartagena: the heat and humidity here is the craziest I"ve ever felt. If I had to describe it in one word, I'd say suffocating. It really does feel like you're walking through a thick haze of moisture. On the plus side, my skin hasn't been this soft and glowy in a long time.
Catagena is a contrast between the old and the new. The "old" part of the city is located within the walls of a fort that's right on the ocean. It's and amazing site to see and walk around. The original canons are still in place along the areas of the fort facing the water and it's incredible to think of how this fort operated as a fully functional defense stronghold.
It was a productive (but quite tiring) day but I love old history and this place fits the bill perfectly. It's also great to be travelling with family and the only thing that would make it better would be to have my mom and sister here with me.
One problem we've already run into, figuring out meals. It's nice to know we have the same problem from home anywhere else in the world. The only problem is, there isn't a Sharkey's down the street we can run to when we can't come to a decision.
Tomorrow we're headed to Playa Blanca.
The neon signs at Disney California Adventure are the best thing about the park.
For some unknown reason, I keep giving my money to Jawbone. Despite dealing with multiple replacements for the original Jawbone UP band and the Jawbone UP24, I plunked down my credit card and pre-ordered the UP3 in November. Then, Jawbone delayed the band for six months. So, now that Jawbone has finally shipped the UP3 with a complete redesign and new sensors, is it worth it?
Despite that, I’ve enjoyed my UP3 so far. The new redesign is much welcomed. The band is much more comfortable to wear and I’m less concerned with damaging its components every time I put it on or take it off thanks to the fact they’ve been moved into the top of the case. The band also looks much nicer and makes typing way easier.
There are some concerns though. For one, the new clasp can be difficult to close and putting the band on can be an exercise in frustration some times. Jawbone also instructs users to wear the band tight enough for it’s five sensors to all touch the skin. For me, this means that the sensors have the tendency to dig into my wrist and feel uncomfortable.
Speaking of sensors, they’re what drew me to the band. Jawbone promised bioimpedance sensors that would be able to do things like tell me if I was dehydrated and needed to drink more water. But they don’t. At this time, all those fancy sensors can only do one thing: measure my resting heart rate when I wake up in the morning. Jawbone has promised to add more sensor features in future software updates, but it’s disappointing that after all the delays, these features weren’t ready by the time the band finally shipped.
Battery life is excellent, but that’s always been the case with Jawbone’s UP bands. Jawbone claims 7 days of battery life and so far the UP3 has delivered. Of course, this much easier when you don’t have a screen to deal with. We’ll see how battery life is affected once Jawbone unleashes the full potential of the band's sensors.
Ultimately though, and even though I’m satisfied with mine, it’s difficult to recommend the UP3. Yes it looks better, is more comfortable and has great battery life, but It’s disappointing that Jawbone took so long to release the UP3 and then immediately cannibalized it with with a cheaper option and a better (maybe) UP4. The fact that the band’s sensors are still crippled is also an issue. However, my biggest reason for not recommending the UP3: Jawbone has had a horrible track record with the long term durability of it’s UP bands.
Until Jawbone proves it can build a product that will last longer than a few months, I wouldn’t recommend you spend your money on them.
Even though I'm one of those few people that enjoys watching baseball at home (or at all for that matter), nothing beats watching a game at the ballpark.
From hot dogs and garlic fries, to the crowd and beach balls, watching a baseball game in a stadium completely transforms the experience.
It's an experience I look forward to at least a few times a year.
They said the Galaxy S6 had a good camera, looks like they were right.
No I don't need it, but you better believe I stayed up late to order one.
Every review I read (and I spent an entire day reading every review I could find), said pretty Mich the same thing: Apple has created something amazing with a lot of potential, but you probably shouldn't get one.
I agree, but I choose to get one anyways because I think the potential is already there and I have a pretty good idea of what I'll be able to do based on how much love enjoyed using my Moto 360.
The Apple Watch is going to have some hiccups sure, its essentially a beta product, so I know there's going to be some rough patches. I'm still getting one though, not because I'm a fan of Apple or because I'm a tech lover, but because Apple has a proven track record of giving us products that keep getting more and more amazing over time.
I'm not that crazy though, I went with the Sport Edition.
This should be made into an actual show intro.