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First Impressions of Cusco, Peru

I'm not going to lie. After seeing the wonder of the world that is Machu Picchu, anything that I saw and experienced after that didn't quite feel the same; nothing could possibly compare. Okay, so that's a bit of a dramatic statement but how can anything else truly live up to a place like Machu Picchu? Well, the short answer is that they don't. They can, however, offer their own unique charms and appeal if you go in with an open mind. This is what I did with Cusco, one of Peru's most popular tourist destinations, a place that I visited AFTER Machu Picchu.

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Machu Picchu train photography

When it comes to trains, I really haven't been on too many. On my first trip to Europe at the age of 18, I got to travel from London to Paris on the Eurostar. I also traveled on the famous AVE train in Spain when journeying between Seville and Madrid. Not to mention I've done some smaller train journeys in Italy, Spain, and Belgium. Travel by train is definitely a mode of transportation that I greatly enjoy and would love to do more of in the future. Luckily, on my recent trip to Peru I got to travel via train from the Sacred Valley town of Ollantaytambo to Macchu Picchu.

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Schlupfkuchen (Apple Cake)-Germany

While I'm blase about pie, cake is another matter. Although chocolate cake will always be my favorite, I do enjoy a fruit cake (not the dreaded fruit cake once receives for Christmas from distant relatives, just a cake that has fruit in it) too. I'm not a beer drinker but when Oktoberfest comes around, I always like to make some German foods. I've made plenty of schnitzel and even a Linzer torte too (okay, I know this isn't German but rather Austrian yet it works I feel), so this year I tried out something new, a schlupfkuchen, which in German means apple cake.

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