There are two ways to Machu Picchu. One is by train; the other by foot. My lifelong dream has always been to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu – to experience the trek the way the ancient Incas did. This Spring, my dream will become a reality.
Even though I’ve always wanted to visit Machu Picchu, the actual steps to realizing that dream only started very recently. Last summer, Kevin and I decided to choose one place we each wanted to visit most in the world. His choice was Thailand and, you guessed it, mine was Machu Picchu.
We crossed Thailand off our list in October 2007 (and had an amazing time doing it)! Next, it’s my turn to visit the place to which I’ve always dreamed of traveling.
Why did I choose Machu Picchu? Honestly, I can’t quite put into words why I am so drawn there. When I was in second grade, we were asked to create a simple paper book about oneself. To help facilitate the process, there were leading questions on each page, and one of them was “If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go”? (Heh, even back then we did memes).
Some kids wrote “Disney World”, others “Space Camp”, but a little Binary Blonde wrote “South America”. True, I didn’t specifically write “Machu Picchu”, but looking back, writing South America was even a little odd (and telling), considering I was in second grade.
Fast forward 20 years and, on May 22, 2008, Kevin and I will be on a flight to Lima, Peru to begin a trip that I can safely say I’ve wished for my entire life. This may sound clichÃ©, but dreams really do come true.