Deja Vu all over again

Trip Start Oct 14, 2013
Trip End Nov 10, 2013

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Antigua Miraflores Hotel Lima
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of Peru  , Lima Region,
Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Hola Mom!!

It's deja vu all over again! The final chapter in the Trilogy of Travel. As we pass overhead Oklahoma, my mind is somewhere on the New Jersey Turnpike about one year ago as I made my way to JFK for the flight to Africa. What I should be doing is taking a stab at those free Learn Spanish Apps that I downloaded. But it appears that my attention span remains that of a three year old so I am enjoying the company of my memories of a rather unique year.

I had cooked up this plan where I would pick three continents and travel to each during three trips - Africa, Asia, South America. No offence Australia but you were a bit too trendy a destination. Unlike say, I don't know, Thailand or Machu Piccu? The first two voyages were simply amazing. And after repeatedly being asked that incredibly obnoxious question, "are you going to find yourself?", I will now openly concede, that although not my intent, the trips thus far have indeed been life changing. There! Are you all happy? Now get off of my case, Midas! Will I get a tattoo now? Maybe. Am I shopping for a sports car? Yup. Dating? Mom, please! Cut me some slack.

So it's time to kick off the final journey. But in fact, I cheated. I actually blasted off to Virginia first for 10 days to visit Midas and the Eastern seaboard of the US. What a trip! I managed to meet yet more amazing folk, see more of Washington DC, Richmond, Va and the Outer Banks (OBX) of North Carolina, but the highlight was hanging out with Midas. Thanks Brother.

I came home to YYC for a pit stop to change laundry, do an aviation medical, visit friends, and..... get sick. Bad start. Google the Youtube video "Man Cold". Undaunted, and a tad late, I finally got underway. And now for a gratuitous plug for my company; that was a fantastic flight to Dallas guys. Many thanks. And as an added treat, Deuce was the FO. How fitting. However things went a bit sideways in Dallas. Travelling Stand By is a great opportunity but sometimes it doesn't work out as envisioned. The evening slowly degraded as it became apparent that almost every flight to South America from anywhere in the US was full and Eva, an Emirates flight attendant, and I found ourselves in the bowels of DFW negotiating with staff to find our backpacks. I threw in the towel, bought a ticket to Houston and booked a flight with points for the next day. Business class of course. The flight to Lima on Tuesday was predictably fantastic. Cory, my pod mate from Chicago, and I became best friends with the FAs and had a blast all the way South. He brought the crew popcorn and I brought chocolates. You can call that bribery if you wish Mom, but I paid for this seat. Regardless, we were rock stars.

So here I am in Lima at the boutique Hotel Antigua Miraflores. It is an amazing city full of history, amazing sites and arguably some of the finest cuisine in South America. According to my travel bible, the Lonely Planet, it is the epicentre for Ceviche which I experienced today! Simply incredible! But I'm getting ahead of myself. I am currently hanging my tilly in the coastal neighbourhood of Miraflores. I liken it to the Kensington or Marda Loop of Lima. I spent yesterday, Wednesday, wondering the Malecon de la Reserva along the Pacific, drinking coffee, hitting the Banco and taking my first set of photos. I even negotiated a sweet surfing deal with Fernando for my return to Lima in two weeks. He looked reputable (see photos)!

The afternoon was filled with a spectacular private tour of Lima with Jorge and Orlando. Being a history type, listening to Orlando and Jorge was like having a good meal. Guess how many registered varieties of potato there are in Peru? 5000! I know, heh? That coupled with the history of the Franciscan evolution in Latin America made for a fulfilling day. The highlight was easily Monasterio de San Francisco. Viewing the bone-lined catacombs, although creepy, was incredible as it houses an estimated 70,000 burials underneath the cathedral. Although not much of a reader, the library was truly amazing with literature dating back to the 16th century. Just some light reading to pass the time. Other sites included the first olive grove in Latin America, the Presidentaial Palace and Huaca Pucllana, an ancient adobe ceremonial site dating back to 400 AD, smack dab in the middle of Miraflores across the street from the motorcycle repair shop. Very convenient.

The evening was consumed with absorbing information from folks returning from Machu Piccu and subsequently modifying my equipment list. And just when I thought I was on some exotic, unique adventure alone in South America, Matt walks up. "Hey Man!". Great! Another Westjet FO who lives ten minutes from me in Calgary. Westjet. We're everywhere. Matt leaves tonight so I spent the day soaking him for more travel advice, borrowing his kit and we hit that Ceviche restaurant that he had researched. Safe trip home Mate and we"ll see ya on the flip side!

Well that's a pretty lengthy start for now. But tonight I meet the group and tomorrow it is off to the Amazon where there is no electricity so looks like the blogs will be sparse for a bit. Hope all is well back home and I'll check in soonest. Adios for now mis amigos!

Noodle Out
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Lynne Davies on

Hi Brehn - great way to start my day reading your oh so eloquent and entertaining blog and allowing me to vicariously enjoy another part of the world. Continued safe travels and I look forward to your next entry. Lynne Davies

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