It was everything I hope it could be, and more. Seeing the real thing, wow, Machu Picchu, it's sublime. You'll know what I mean when you see it :)
This is our first view of Machu Picchu from Inti Punku or Sun Gate for tourists that opted to hiked Inca Trail to get there.
This is me fighting the tears lol jk.
That's the llama and ongoing maintenance construction that will greet you on the way to the ruins. Caution: heavy foot traffic. Pakadaming tao even if it was just 8 in the morning!
And here's my holy grail in its glorious, unedited beauty.
I didn't cry. It's impossible to cry when you're surrounded by a bunch of tourists pressuring you to be over with your photo ops/personal moments/whatnots asap so they can have theirs too. They're vicious like that. I did, however, had this loony smile plastered all over my face the whole time. It was so surreal, I really have no words.
Mac&Cheese in Machu Picchu!
I'm still writing down everything, trying to relive what happened so it's gonna take me quite a while to put it out here aside, of course, from being a painfully slow writer.
I don't want to say it was the greatest day of my life - although it's super close enough - since I do believe that there will be more days like this. I will strive to create more days like this. It was, however, the greatest and happiest 2 months of my life I'm not sure how can I ever top it.
I did it, WE did it!
There are days I'd still want to pinch myself. Looking at photos I couldn't believe we were really there. Sometimes I want to high five myself for a job well done because believe me it really wasn't easy. I'm not rich, I don't have a fat bank account not even parents nor relatives to support me financially.
Does that make me a stuck up jerk? I hope not. All I did was hold on to my dream and persevere. It might sound a cliché but it's true: dreams do come true if you work hard enough for it. No matter how long it takes you to dream it, believe that you can. Sooner or later it will.