Deja Vu all over again
Trip Start Oct 14, 2013
9Trip End Nov 10, 2013
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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
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
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
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!
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