In the Air to Cusco

Trip Start Sep 15, 2012
Trip End Sep 25, 2012

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Flag of Peru  , Juliaca,
Thursday, September 20, 2012

Finally on the way to my vacation. So strange to be traveling alone. Not only strange, but uncomfortable. I had my moment a minute ago. I'm flying on LAN airlines, the Southwest of Peru, but nicer. They fly all over the place, and we left Arequipa at 7 am, which means I was picked up at my hotel at 5 am. Ouch. I had a great driver, who spoke English. I have heard so much Spanish that I think in Spanish, dream in Spanish, and when he spoke English to me, I was startled. It was refreshing. Even Rick has spoken Spanish to me the whole time. I'm kind of getting tired of it already!

But sitting here on the plane, we had a little stopover in Juliaca, to let off some passengers and pick up others. While sitting here, I was listening to Luke Stevenson on my iPod, which I am lucky to get back from one of the girls, and lots of memories came back to me. I have a whole row to myself, and I feel so alone. I just don't know about this traveling alone. It truly is lonely. I have spent a year alone, and although I love the sightseeing, it is hard not to share it. It is hard to do all of this alone.

Right now, everyone is saying, "you are strong, you can do this". But who of you wants to do this alone? It is so much nicer to share your life with the person you love. So, that's all I'll say about it. And this particular weekend is hard for me. Kids, you know what I mean. It's just a difficult time in general. But, hey, I am strong, and I can do this! Right? And at least now, I will get some rest.

I know that I have lost at least 10 pounds. We haven't done a lot of eating so far. My jeans are falling off. It is a good thing that I went to Target and bought a belt before I left! I hope to be able to get some meals in me now.

When I arrive in Cuzco today, I have a couple of hours, then I have a city tour, and a tour of the Inca ruins. I think there are about 10 people on the tour. That will be nice. Sometime, I hope to be able to get a little spa time in. Boy do I need it!

Maybe I'll try to find a place to buy a decent camera. If I do, I'll take my memory card out of the one I have and leave it somewhere! The one thing that happens is that on the inner country flights, I have to pay about $40 for luggage. Nice. They don't tell you that in advance.

I also think I will need to get a hotel for the day in Lima when I get back there. I have about 12 hours before my flight, and I don't see sitting in the airport. I would die to get an upgrade on that flight, but there is no way. I'm going to be sitting straight up, in low class, all the way back. What a bummer. If I ever travel alone again, I won't do that. No freakin' way! Especially on these long international flights. But, the flight was so cheap.

I'll try to keep updated more. I got several emails saying that it seemed as though I dropped off of the map. It probably still does, as LAN doesn't have Wi-Fi. So, this won't get published for a few more hours.

I miss everybody. I haven't had FaceTime with Nick or Brian in days. I'm pretty lonely. I did talk to Nicole on Thursday night. My phone bill is going to be crazy, but if I don't talk to someone, I'll go crazy. So, please answer if I call! It means I'm really lonely here.

Love to you all!

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