posted by Colm Hanratty | 2 Comments
The morning of my trek to Machu Picchu I met a lot of new faces. I knew I was going to spend a lot of time with these people over the next number of days, but I didn’t realise that I was going to spend a particularly long amount of time with two of them...
Meet Mauro and Wil. They’re the two guys in the picture (Wil’s in the middle). If you read my posts about the day I went to Machu Picchu, yes, they’re the two guys who were too afraid to climb Huayna Picchu. Mauro is a multi-linguist from Sao Paolo and Wil is a graphic designer from Melbourne who likes to differentiate himself from other 'Wills' around the world by spelling his name with one ‘l’ and not two.
Myself, Wil and Mauro ended up sharing a room for the next two nights and got to know each other on the trek during the day (thanks again Wil for carrying my tripod) and over a few beers in the evening when it was ‘beer o’clock’.
Upon returning to Cusco we said our goodbyes but knew we were all headed to the same destinations – Santiago, Mendoza and Buenos Aires. I just missed them in Santiago, but as you can see I hooked up with my 'old friends' here in Mendoza last night. We ate in a restaurant called La Carmela. There we enjoyed steaks for €6 , a bottle of nice red Malbec and a good chat. Among other things, I informed them I’d be following them once more to Buenos Aires. To say they’re over the moon is an understatement.