it seems as though being up at this altitude, and having 40% less oxygen than normal, has strange effects on many things. first off, the bolshevik and i seem to get tuckered out pretty quickly. usually we have lots of get-up-and-go, but after walking up hill for about 30 seconds, we get rather tired. and this tiredness hits really quickly, like as though one minute you're fine and then the next minute you're kind of tipsy and goofy. but we were prepared for this and have been drinking lots of water and partaking in the coca candy (we found a toffee version! so yummy!), and i feel like we are almost back to normal now.
but one thing we did not expect was the effect that this altitude would have on our toiletries. the first day we had walked around for a while, and we decided to take a break in the shade so that the bolshevik could put on sunblock. he is a pale one, you know. i was minding my own business when all of a sudden i hear the bolshevik mutter a stream of curse words, and then i notice a suspicious white liquid had splattered all over my sneaker as well as all over the ground. my first thought was that a large pre-incan bird had shat on us. but then i look over to the bolshevik and see that his sunblock was errupting on us, much in the style of a school science fair volcano.
now, i have seen this happen to stuff when you take it on a plane and then it somehow has to depressurize or something. but this is way worse, there's a serious amount of force involved. we do not exactly understand the science behind the phenomenon, but every time i open one of my toiletries for the first time i forget to point it away from me, and this happens all over again. so far i have errupted sun block, shampoo, and facial moisurizer on myself. we cannot help but wonder why there are no warning about this in our guidebooks.