The port for Pisco

Trip Start Jan 04, 2013
Trip End May 01, 2013

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Flag of Peru  , Ica,
Monday, January 21, 2013

Today is a sea day and I thought I'd talk about our table of 8 in the dining room. There are the Thortons the couple we went around the world with in 2006 and they live in Tampa.  In fact he is a native Tampan, and she went to Leto high school in Tampa. He was a banker and she a school teacher, unusual enough  they spent a few years living in Japan and Germany where she taught English..

Our next couple are from Sebastian, FL. He was a high school math teacher and she taught  English. They have three children and also travel extensively

The other 2 people are an 89 year old retired microbiologist and epidemiologist who is a widow and lives close to his daughters in Pittsburg, PA. the last one is Carol a lady who helps with the water color class on board, and she has severe back and leg pain so she uses a scooter to get around.

The ship left Callao the port for Lima, Peru and we are sailing to General San Martin, Peru  the deep water port for Pisco . This area is a coastal desert there is not one tree to be seen and the only green is a heavily watered area around a make believe pond that doesn't contain water. We took the ship shuttle to this town and walked about for a few hours before returning to our home away from home. This place has a lot of history since it was here that General San Martin  had his headquarters after  landing at Paracas Bay. San Martin like Bolivar helped liberate the countries of South American from the Spanish, there are many statues of them all over. The bay of Paracas has the highest concentration of marine birds in the world, and the name Paracas means sandstorm, a common occurrence, especially in August, often lasting up to three days.

Now we are on our way to Easter Island over 2500 miles away in the South Pacific. Our ship is averaging 18 knots and we should be there in 4 days and then we will tender to the island provided the weather cooperates.

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Maria & John on

Sounds like you are both very busy. All is well here. We miss you. Have a wonderful time.
Love & Kisses

Mary Hunt on

Nice to hear about your tablemates. This is the only way to respond to this blog.
We're hosting a super bowl party Sunday 1/3. Friday we have the gala.Father is still trying desperately to fill seats.Louise leaves today for RI as her son-in-law will be ordained a deacon tomorrow.

Dot and Homer Gerken on

I believe we met in South Africa a few years ago. Doc was ill for several years but is well now and looking forward to his 88th birthday next week. Easter Island is on our wish list; sorry you didn't make it. The past 3 months we have been recovering from hurricane Sandy. Thanks for keeping in touch. Dot

selma fink on

I've really enjoyed your notes on this fascinating trip.I get seasick so this type of traveling is definitely not for me. However, I took my family to The Galapagos
Islands Dec 2o11. The sea was very calm so I survived . Best Wishes Selma

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