Belated first post, live from Lima
Trip Start Nov 08, 2011
21Trip End Feb 21, 2012
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Subject: The obligatory final post before we're on foreign soil
We're in the Houston International Airport, counting down our final hours in the Northern Hemisphere where the days are steadily getting shorter, weather chillier, and holiday music is starting to come on the mall loudspeakers.
The reality that we’ll be missing the holiday season hasn’t quite hit (including Helens’ homecoming. Helen, you never told me you were going back!); there’s simply been no time to think. In the flurry that’s been our week between returning from China and departing for South America, we’ve been running around like last-minute holiday shoppers, buying all the things we’ll need for our trip. (It turns out we needed a lot. I spent part of yesterday cleaning up all the receipts and shopping bags lying around my room.)
Admittedly, the excitement hasn’t sunk in yet either. I think we’re just relieved that we no longer have to do any more packing. (At this time two days ago, Chris and I were contemplating the contents of our backpacks, wondering how the hell everything was going to fit. Much packing and repacking ensued, ultimately resulting in me, yesterday evening, on the floor in my room cursing at my backpack with its measly 45 liters of space. Luckily, my dad’s backpack with its extra 20 liters of space saved the day. It’s practically a mansion! Also, Chris’s book selection for the trip has, predictably, been the subject of much painstaking thought. His final list came out to a dozen books, highly-curated if you can imagine.)
We’ve also spent a disproportionate amount of time worrying about things like pirate taxis, counterfeit bills, pickpockets, and highway robbers. And diarrhea. It’s been stressful. But Chris and I have resolved to stay vigilant, keep our money belts tightly wrapped to our bodies, valuables stored away. Our first-aid kid contains a healthy supply of Pepto-Bismol and Immodium. In short, we are prepared. Chris is an Eagle Scout, remember?
Anyway, our itinerary is loosely as follows:
- November 8, arrive in Lima
- November 10-15, meander through the southern coast, to Arequipa
- November 16, arrive in Cuzco
- November 18, Machu Picchu(!)
- November 22, head for Lake Titicaca
- Late November, arrive in Bolivia, chill for awhile, maybe in Sucre, head towards Salar de Uyuni
- Early December, Enter Argentina, see Iguazu Falls
- Mid-December, cut diagonally south, head towards Santiago
- Late December, Santiago, Valparaiso, head south
- Early January, South south south
- At some point in January, we should have reached Ushuaia, the southernmost point of the continent. We’ll start winding up the Argentinean side.
- Early February, we have the vague notion of renting an apartment in Buenos Aires for a couple weeks.
- February 21, depart Buenos Aires and return home. (But let’s not think that far ahead just yet)
For now, good-bye everyone! Wish us luck and fine weather! Good-bye San Francisco! You’re beautiful from the sky.
We’ll miss our family and friends very much, and promise to write again soon.