Leaving for Peru - two years after first trip

Trip Start Feb 09, 2011
Trip End Feb 26, 2011

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Flag of Canada  , Ontario,
Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Day:  1 (Wednesday)

Temperature:  0 degrees Celsius
Weather:  Cold with wet heavy snow changing to rain

Travelling back to Peru to attend Justin's and Fiorella’s wedding was a decision that Michel and I made even though it meant going back to a country that we had previously visited and explored just two years ago. After all, our second son Justin was getting married to his lovely Peruvian fiancée and it was extremely important for us as parents to be there! 

So by putting aside my philosophy:

 "Never revisit the same country over again no matter how wonderful it was since there are so many other countries to visit",

Michel and I with our son Justin left Canada on February 9th, 2011 en route to Peru for his upcoming wedding on February 11, 2011 hoping at the same time that the forecasted snowstorm would rapidly change to rain.  Otherwise, if our flights were cancelled, well, we didn’t even want to think about it!

Luckily for us, Mother Nature was on our side for once and our flights departed on time from Ottawa to Toronto and then from Toronto to Lima, Peru.

Flights were uneventful and actually quite comfortable in which I even had time to watch three movies from Toronto to Lima.  Having asked for a vegetarian meal, it was specifically brought to me ahead of everyone else’s meal much to Michel’s envy. 

It was a déjà vu when we arrived at Lima’s International Airport and made our way to the customs and then to the baggage pickup section.  Once everything was cleared and we exited through the doors, we came face to face with tons of Peruvians waiting for their loved ones at the airport.  They were cheering, they were laughing they were all excited as they greeted their family members, friends or even fiancés!

As I looked around the airport from left to right and then from right to left, I just couldn’t see Fiorella’s familiar face.  There were just too many people, too many happy cheerful people at the airport.  It was a real commotion.  A waving hand however in the far, far distance did catch my attention and before I knew it, Justin was already greeting his future lovely bride by giving her a big, huge embrace and a kiss as we stood close by watching with smiles on our faces!

Fiorella’s parents were with her at the airport.   Introductions were made, followed by handshakes and kisses.  We were as excited to meet Justin’s future in-laws as they were to meet us for the first time.  While Justin spoke fluently in Espanol to them, the whole scene as Justin pointed out laughingly could have been one from the movie “Meet the Parents" or Meet the Fockers" because none of us parents could understand each other.  The future in-laws couldn’t speak English nor could we speak Espanol.  Having not seen the movie, I wondered what he meant by that?  Which one of us were the “Fockers”?

As we all followed Justin and Fiorella out the doors and into the waiting car, I thought to myself that the next several days were going to be quite interesting as we gestured to one another trying our best to communicate. 

As for our translators, Justin and Fiorella, they were in another world.  They were in a world of their own having forgotten all about us as they walked hand in hand ahead of us on the paved sidewalk while a million stars shone above us in the beautiful dark sky and a nice warm breeze could be felt welcoming us in Peru.  We were finally here.   We were finally in Peru and we had a wedding to prepare and to attend! 

Monique   :-) 
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